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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New Workbooks!

I have exciting news!

I have been working on developing some new workbooks for my music students, and this morning the new Guitar Workbook has become available!

Check it out at my store:

Minnix Music Workbook Guitar: Guitar Workbook
Authored by Willy Minnix https://www.createspace.com/5697926
List Price: $10.00
8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
94 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1517042202
ISBN-10: 1517042208
BISAC: Music / Musical Instruments / Guitar
Willy Minnix has written a workbook for his guitar students. If you are studying the Minnix Method of music, then you will want to collect all of these workbooks! With lots of room to write down chords, diagrams, tab and sheet music, this workbook is perfect for all guitar students. Included are several songs to get you started as well, including Amazing Grace, St. James Infirmary, Frankie and Albert and even the Bessie Smith classic Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Willy's Books

Here is a collection of my books! Click on the Pic to purchase any of them!

Mandolin Dead Man's Tuning Vol. 2: English, Scottish and Irish Ballads
Authored by Willy Minnix
List Price: $25.00
https://www.createspace.com/5252157 8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
182 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1507509838 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1507509839
BISAC: Music / Printed Music / Strings
Mandolin Dead Man's Tuning Is Back!!!

Learn how to play mandolin! This time author Willy Minnix focuses on ballads from England, Scotland and Ireland. With over 25 ballads included in this volume, you are sure to enjoy learning how to play songs that have stood the test of time! Some of the songs included are Black Jack Davey, Barbara Allen, the Bonny Ship the Diamond, Arthur McBride, King Arthur, Robin Hood and Little John, Mary Hamilton, and many, many more!

ToB
Authored by Greg Kemp, Authored by Willy Minnix
 https://www.createspace.com/4517775 List Price: $26.00
6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
748 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1494365394 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1494365391
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers
In the modern world, the factions of governments, religions, and military powers are scrambling to answer one question: Who controls the Fear that controls all people? Dr Karol Seguin has been hired by her publishing company to document the day to day decisions of the current president of the United States. He has uncanny intelligence and universal popular regard. And from his impending resume of distinction, his constituency has commissioned that his life be documented as in line with the great leaders of history. Karol and her acquaintances, Col. Thomas Graile and Justice Mel Sodeq, are bombarded with a flurry of new questions. Is there technology to boldly manipulate the many populations of the world by only one person? Are there secrets of antiquity that give hints and clues to a power greater than mortality? What is a legend? What is a conqueror? Ultimately, three questions exist: Is the world controlled by omnipotence or debilitation? Is it better to be omnipresent or to be continual in spirit? And the greatest of these questions is: Will the minds of conquerable people fall by the individual who is omniscient or the individual who can impose confusion? Mandolin Dead Man's Tuning Christmas Edition B&W: Christmas Edition Black and White
 https://www.createspace.com/5151438 Authored by Willy Minnix
List Price: $20.00
8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
134 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1505381665 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1505381665
BISAC: Music / Printed Music / Strings
Mandolin Dead Man's Tuning is back with a new Christmas Edition. This book is over twice the size of the original Mandolin Dead Man's Tuning book, and also in FULL COLOR! This book is destined to become a holiday favorite.

Learn how to play mandolin!

Learn over 30 Christmas songs, read lots of interesting trivia about the songs and enjoy the bright holiday photographs.

Like the original, this book includes both sheet music and tabs that allow anyone from beginner to advanced player to get something enjoyable out of this book. Included are beginning, intermediate and advanced arrangements for solo and duet mandolins, or if you're a violinist or fiddle player, DDAD tuning will also work for your instrument as well!

Also included are guitar or piano chords for many of the songs so you can play along with other musicians. And just like the original, there are many chords and picking advice included. And one final thing that every Christmas book needs, a discussion on modes is included to help you better understand some of the more obscure songs.

Merry Christmas from Mandolin Dead Man's Tuning and Willy Minnix!

  
Mandolin: Dead Man's Tuning Vol. 1
Authored by Willy Minnix
List Price: $20.00
 https://www.createspace.com/3786876 8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
64 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1470006969 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1470006960
BISAC: Music / Musical Instruments / Strings
Volume 1: Basics

Learn how to play the mandolin. How to play mandolin in open D tuning, also called Dead Man's Tuning or DDAD tuning.

This is the first book in a series that teaches how to play mandolin in alternate tunings. It is perfect for beginners or advanced players who want to learn a different style of playing.

Topics covered are picking patterns, chords and basic theory, finger style and string technique. Original artwork and diagrams are well done and make the topics easy to understand. Also included are photographs of hand made mandolin's by renowned mandolin builder Larry Hopkins.

The included tablature contains both the standard sheet music as well as tablature in DDAD tuning and ADAD tuning for several of the songs. Many of the songs are duets designed for teachers and students, original songs, folk tunes, Irish melodies and traditional blues, jazz and bluegrass tunes arranged for both Dead Man's Tuning and ADAD tuning. Several of the songs are recorded on Mr. Minnix's CD "Mandolin Studies," which is also available.

This is one of the only books available on the subject of alternate tunings for mandolin.

CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/3786876

Hard Rain: Common Questions about the End Times (2nd Edition)
Authored by Willy Minnix
List Price: $19.99
https://www.createspace.com/4141156 5.25" x 8" (13.335 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
500 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1482039566 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1482039567
BISAC: Religion / Christian Theology / Eschatology
Have a lot of questions about the End Times, but just get more confused as you listen to popular End Times preachers, teachers and writers? Pastor Willy Minnix gives clear easy to understand information about the End Times and what it all means for you.

The book is presented in a question and answer format making it easy to find questions that you might have had about the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Antichrist, the 2nd Coming and much, much more. Also included are step by step instructions for Bible study and how to logically make sense of prophecy and other difficult passages of the Bible.

Pastor Minnix has boiled down over 20 years of research on the End Times into a very thorough synopsis of what we can expect as Bible prophecy unfolds.


Jesus, Son of God (2nd Edition): A Collection of Sermons, Essays and Thoughts About the Most Important Person in History
Authored by Willy Minnix
https://www.createspace.com/4813577 List Price: $10.00
5.25" x 8" (13.335 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
146 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1499601862 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1499601867
BISAC: Religion / Christian Theology / Christology
Jesus, Son of God is the 2nd Edition of the book by Willy Minnix. It includes topics concerning the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Topics covered include The humanity and divinity of Christ, the 2nd Coming, Sanctification, Healing and the Omnipotence of Christ.

Fairies: The Atrium: and other stories and selected poems
Authored by Willy Minnix
https://www.createspace.com/3816996 List Price: $8.00
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
122 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1470185077 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1470185075
BISAC: Fiction / Fantasy / Short Stories
This book contains a couple short stories and poems that were first published in the Christian Sci-Fi Journal.

"I went down to the crossroads..." is a tale of someone retracing the steps of Robert Johnson, and what he actually found down at the crossroads!

The title story, "Fairies: The Atrium" is the tale of a genetic experiment gone wrong. The narrator details of what started out as a science fair project in middle school, but grew into his post graduate and ultimately life work. His genetic creation of diminutive creatures he dubs "fairies," grows from a couple little people into a whole society of creatures complete with all of the social problems that humans face. When he genetically develops the perfect creature to teach the rest of his "children" how to live, something goes terribly wrong, and his atrium will never be the same...

Included in this volume are several poems that were also published in the Christian Sci-Fi Journal.

Willy's Albums

Click On Any of the Albums to Purchase from my store!
https://www.createspace.com/2280240
Holy Water
List Price: $15.00
56 minutes, 14 tracks
Water Moccasin
UPC: 889290173850
Willy Minnix's 2003 Album "Holy Water" is back with a new look and a few additional songs. This album gained airplay on college stations and gave us one of his most popular songs "Sloth." Other tracks include the title track, "I Am" and the lullaby "Fire Trucks Flying to the Moon."

https://www.createspace.com/2280327
Tribulation Songs Vol. 2
List Price: $15.00
42 minutes, 11 tracks
Water Moccasin
UPC: 889290174383
Willy Minnix brings you a second volume of old time gospel songs sure to help you get through any trial or tribulation you encounter. The words to these old hymns and songs will lift your spirits and help get you through the day!

CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/2131384
Tribulation Songs Vol. 1


List Price: $12.00
72 minutes, 14 tracks
Water Moccasin
UPC: 887936649882
Willy Minnix is back again with a CD exploring the roots of gospel. Tribulation Songs is a tribute to the great gospel blues artists of the 20's, 30's and 40's, such as Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and others.
This is the first in a series of stripped back bluesy acoustic slide gospel, and the companion CD to his book "Hard Rain: Common Questions About The End Times."



CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/2027103
Mandolin Studies
List Price: $15.00
45 minutes, 13 tracks
Water Moccasin Records
UPC: 886470472703
This is a collection of songs mainly written for the mandolin, with a few written as mandolin duets.

This is the first companion CD to my book series: Mandolin Dead Man's Tuning.


https://www.createspace.com/2097862
Go Tell It On The Mountain -
The Christmas Album!
List Price: $12.00
70 minutes, 20 tracks
Water Moccasin
UPC: 886470937561
Willy Minnix's original 2009 Christmas album updated with several extra cuts that were given away during Christmas 2011.

Songs include several favorite Christmas carols, and a several originals including "Merry Christmas Girl," "Santa Didn't Give Me What I Wanted," and "It's Christmas."

NEW ARTICLE

I Wrote A New Article For Take Lessons.Com!

Check it out here: http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-to-play-ukulele-this-summer-z10

 101 Reasons to Play Ukulele This Summer

Saturday, February 28, 2015

T.0.B. at Book Revue

Hey Everyone,

My book that I wrote with Greg Kemp "T.o.B." is now being sold at Book Revue, one of the largest independent book stores in the world!!!

Check out our book here: http://bookrevue.com/localauthors.html#ToB

Later,

Willy


Interview with Mr. Cotton

Hey Everyone!



The new edition of Forsyth Family Magazine has my recent interview with Philo Hill Music and Band Teacher Mr. Curtis Cotton! My kids really love Mr. Cotton, and enjoy learning their instruments: drums and saxophone from him.

Check out the current issue here:  http://www.forsythfamilymagazine.com/


In this interview we talked a lot more than I was able to put in the article. We discuss a lot of topics like music education, band in North Carolina and much more. Please check out this video for the full interview.


My oldest son, and budding filmmaker, Liam Minnix produced this interview, and has uploaded it to my youtube page, where you can also find more information about music lessons, instructional videos, and information about my books and past sermons.


God bless,


Willy
















Here are some photos from the interview:







Friday, February 13, 2015



Why I don’t think Zoroaster influenced Daniel:
-          The Zoroastrian sacred texts (the Avesta) were supposedly written down in 346-360 AD, though the earliest copies we have are from the 1200’s. There are references to Zoroastrian belief as late as Plutarch in AD46 – AD120, who believed Zoroaster lived at 6,000 BC, which is ridiculous.
-          What we know about Zoroaster was written down at least 929 years after he was supposed to have lived. We don’t know anything specifically about him that comes from the time in which he lived.
-          Zoroaster was supposed to have died in 583 BC, which would put him contemporaneously with the prophet Daniel, though they claim that he wrote the Avesta sometime before the 10 Century BC. It is ridiculous to believe the Zoroaster lived from 1000 BC to 583 BC that would make Zoroaster over 400 years old.
-          Many claim that the stories of Jesus were based on Zoroaster, however, the stories of Zoroaster were written down in 346-360 AD, 300 years after Jesus lived. Isn’t it more conceivable that Zoroastrian similarities to Jesus were based on Jesus, since they were written down 300 years later?
-          Many of the stories about Zoroaster are similar also to Daniel, and we know that the earliest references to Daniel are at the latest within a couple hundred years of when Daniel lived. Doesn’t it make sense that maybe Zoroaster was based on Daniel, and not the other way around?
-          Babylonian and Persian society was polytheistic before Daniel. Many of the Persian kings were descended from Esther. Monotheism developed in Israel first before Persia, and history shows that for a fact that Babylon conquered Israel, bringing monotheism in contact with Babylonian religion. The Babylonians were overthrown by the polytheistic Persians, who were then brought into contact with the monotheistic Jews. After Persian contact with Jews Persians became monotheistic. We can’t prove that Zoroastrianism as we know it today even existed at the time of the Jewish captivity in Babylon, therefore, wouldn’t it make sense that the Monotheistic elements of Zoroastrianism came from Daniel, and not the other way around?

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New Articles Out in Forsyth Magazines

I have four articles out this month in Forsyth Magazine!

2 in Forsyth Family and 2 in Forsyth Women!

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Sir Pizza: A Little Slice of Hoosier Heaven in the Piedmont



Sir Pizza: A Little Slice of Hoosier Heaven in the Piedmont
I’m originally from Richmond, IN, known for Earlham College, Tom Raper RVs, being the “Birthplace of Recorded Jazz,” and also for this funky little pizza chain that serves awesome pizza with tiny chopped up pieces of pepperoni. Richmond’s not that big of a town, about 40,000 people, but we have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR of these pizza shops around town! That’s how much we love this particular pizza.
Recently, I moved here to the Piedmont area from the frozen tundra of rural Illinois, where the closest thing to a good pizza was a round piece of cardboard with some tomato soup thrown at it and a couple pepperoni’s and some stale cheese tossed on for good measure. Sadly, where we were there was no “Chicago style” to be found! On the way down, we passed through Richmond, and I desperately wanted to stop at my favorite pizza restaurant that all the locals know as “Clara’s,” which has a double decker British city bus inside the restaurant, where people can eat their pizza while looking at all of the interesting d├ęcor like bicycles and beaded curtains hanging from the ceiling, or the porch swings that you can sit on while dining on heavenly pizza, and where every table has a Tiffany lamp lighting your meal. But we were running late, so I had to settle for a quick burger at a truck stop.
So, imagine my surprise when I dropped my wife off at work one morning in High Point, and spotted on my way a place called “Sir Pizza.” I was intrigued. I saw the cool little Tiffany lamp logo, and thought to myself, “Is this place like ‘Clara’s?’ No, couldn’t be, that’s a Hoosier thing. Couldn’t even find one in Illinois. Why would there be one here?” So I went home.
A couple days later, I was driving by again, and this time went all the way through High Point, and saw another Sir Pizza. So that night, I gathered my family and decided to give it a try. “Tonight my children, you will experience True Pizza.” I felt like a lonely prophet beholding the Promised Land after years of wandering in the wilderness. For years I had told them that such pizza existed somewhere in the world, but alas, rural Illinois did not offer pizza of that variety. I walked in and asked the friendly lady behind the counter for a menu, and then probed, “Do you guys (I’m not quite southern yet, y’all) make your pizza with the tiny little pepperonis?”
“Yes, we sure do.”
Suddenly, the rapture happened, and I stood before the throne of God with angels singing anthems of delight! Well, no, that didn’t quite happen, but I was pretty happy. So I got my 8 inch “Royal Feast” for me and my wife, and a Hawaiian 16 inch for the kids and went home, happy as could be. My kids, who for so long went without true pizza ate it with joy, declaring it to be the best pizza they ever ate (though, compared to cardboard pizza, real tomato sauce on a cracker would be a step in the right direction). But it really wasn’t much of a surprise to see all of the “Best Pizza” awards displayed behind the counter.
So while I was waiting for my pizza of infinite bounty and delight, I found out from the lady behind the counter that Sir Pizza did indeed originate in Indiana, but she didn’t know all of the particulars. I don’t know if it is directly connected with the pizza chain from Richmond, but to find such a treasure of Hoosier happiness down here in my new home made me so happy. I have lived all over the country, Indiana, Texas, Georgia, New York and yes, the frozen tundra of rural Illinois, but I have to say that moving to Winston-Salem has been one of my happiest moves. I love it here, and am so thankful for a place to find some good pizza!



About the Author:
Willy Minnix is a seasoned music teacher, author, sound technician and multi-instrumentalist. He lives and teaches in Winston-Salem with his wife and four budding musicians! His book “Mandolin: Dead Man’s Tuning Vol. 1” is one of the only books on the market that delves into alternate tunings for Mandolin. You can find out more information about Willy, his books, or the instruments he teaches at his website www.willyminnix.com

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Minstrel Boy - Irish Fiddle Tune

New Song for Today, only a couple more songs left to go for this promotion!

The tune for today is the Minstrel Boy. The Minstrel Boy is another old tune from the O'Neil's Music of Ireland.

Hope you enjoy, and as always, check out my book!

English, Scottish and Irish Ballads

https://www.createspace.com/5252157

Friday, February 6, 2015

Little Red Lark

Hey everyone,

Here is the new song for today: Little Red Lark, a happy little fiddle tune!  Notice, the gray lettering above is the link. I know a few people expressed their displeasure because they were not able to find the pdf. If you click on the Gray lettering it will take you to the pdf. Although, I am equally thrilled if you click on the book below and buy my book too! :)

But just in case you can't find it, I decided to post the link below too. You can copy and paste this into your browser and it will take you there:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1U3BVIyH6GRQ3JKaUVNWk1Od28/view?usp=sharing

And finally, I just want to say thank you so much for the people who are buying my books. I wish I could tell you what a blessing it is for me to write something, and then to hear how it has been helpful to you either to learn how to play, to inspire you to learn more, or to try something new with your mandolin. I really appreciate all of you.

God bless,

Willy


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tear The Calico

Hey Everyone,

I just want to say a big "Thank You" for everyone who bought my new book! It is selling better than I even imagined! Thank you so much.

Here is the next Fiddle Tune I promised from O'Neil's Music of Ireland, "Tear the Calico." 

Enjoy!

Willy

P.S. Keep buying my book! Thanks again!

 https://www.createspace.com/5252157