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Monday, April 18, 2016

Mandolin Pirates Free Song!!!

Hello Everyone,

Here is one of the songs from my latest mandolin book, "Mandolin Dead Man's Tuning Vol 3: Pirates!" I'm also trying out a new file storage site called Tiny Upload, let me know if you have any problems downloading it!

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=90910214249963522270

This song is called either "Jim Jones" or "Botany Bay," and one of my favorite versions of this song is Bob Dylan's version.

Enjoy!

Willy

And if you are interested in the pirate book, you can find it here: 




Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Coupon!

Hey Everyone!

We are excited to announce our Christmas coupon for 2015! Everyone has that certain someone special who wants an instrument for Christmas. Here at Minnix Music we want to make it easy for you to get started with your instrument.

Simply print out this coupon, or pick one up that is posted at several of the stores in Winston-Salem, and bring it in for one free lesson of your choice: Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Voice, or Harmonica! Limit one coupon per customer!

We also have our refer a friend program! Refer a friend who signs up for a month's worth of lessons, and you will get a free lesson for each friend who signs up! What a great way to spread the joy of music this Holiday Season!




Coupon expires 2/1/16, Limit one coupon per customer!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Book: Pirates!

Hey Everyone, my pirate book is now available! Check it out here: https://www.createspace.com/5871853 

Here's the cover:


Buy it today!!!!

Strat Update

Ok, so after a lot of research and thought, I decided to make a few changes to my strat. I am going to eliminate one of the t


one knobs, put in a tone selector switch to handle both of the tone caps that I couldn't decide which one sounded best. I decided also to go about the series parallel a different way. Before I used to get a dead spot, and it didn't really sound like I was in parallel, when I was. So I decided to give this wiring a shot, and see if I like it. As you can see, the neck and middle are wired like a series parallel switch on a Les Paul. I then made a second series parallel switch to send the combined NM to the Bridge. I don't exactly know how this will sound, but I'll give a shot and see what happens. I also decided to put this after the on off switches instead of before. We will see how it goes.

I bought some really nice push pull pots from Stew Mac for about $10 each. They are CTS push pulls with the front circuit board. We'll see how they do.

I also picked up a couple of Chinese hot rails for about $10. I thought I'd give them a try. They have nearly the same output as my vintage noiseless. We'll see how they do and get back to you.

I also am going to try my hand at metal work. I am going to see if I can make this pick guard out of metal and plexiglass. This is a new idea, and I don't know if it will actually work. I'm not the best at using my dremel tool. It might just be a waste of metal. I don't know.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Rewiring My Strat

Well, it seems like every other year or so, I do a rewiring job on my strat for some reason or other.

Several years ago I made a trade and got this nice black Mexican Fender Strat in the deal. The first modification I decided to make was to change the pickguard from the white one it came with, to a molten metal looking one, and to add a push pull switch to the neck pickup so I could get all seven positions (N, M, B, NM, MB, NB and NMB). That wasn't good enough for me, so being a Brian May fan for a long time, I decided to wire my strat to be like his Red Special.

My philosophy on picking the pickups went something like this. I like Eric Clapton, and he tends to play mostly with the middle pickup on. So I decided to put a vintage noiseless in the middle. I also like Stevie Ray Vaughn's lead, and read that he played mostly in the neck position. So I got one of the pickups from his reissue strat (a Texas Special). I figured with those vintage sounding pickups, I could probably get a pretty good Jimi Hendrix Little Wing sound in the NM out of phase position. And I really liked (at the time) the bridge pickup that came with the Mexican Strat.

Over the last 10 years or so, the bridge pickup has lost it's appeal to me. I think it needs something a little warmer and less shrill. Also, with the MB in phase and in series it used to sound a lot like Brian May with the right amp settings. Now that I have a Fender Mustang modeling amp, it is easier than ever to get the Brian May sound. So my four favorite guitarists' sounds are within reach. I really like John Mayer's sound now, but he wasn't as popular when I first started working on this guitar. In addition, I like Johnny Lang's sound, a fat sounding Tele. Well, with the Neck and Bridge pickup in series in phase, I could get a reasonable facsimile to that sound as well. 

This arrangement suited me very well for quite a long time, but I did notice that there were some redundant selections, and some dead spots. This year, I had a series of problems, first one of my toggle switches broke, leaving the neck pickup permanently on, and then as I was repairing that switch, one of my push pull knobs broke as well. I also had a problem with my Texas Special when I tried to put a new cover on it, one of the wires caught on a tiny bit of solder that somehow worked it's way up in there as I was working on something else, and the coil was damaged. I ended up scraping my beloved Texas Special pickup.

So I have decided to start over, but thought that it would make a good blog topic. I am replacing my Texas Special, probably with another Texas Special or a Tex-Mex pickup, since I got the guitar in Texas, I think it only fitting! I did the unthinkable and added a couple magnets to the bottom of the Mexican pickup, and it does sound hotter, but also more shrill. I will probably replace it with a Seymour Duncan split rails and coil split the pickup.

And finally, there was the awesome NMB in series powerhouse that sounded a bit like a Les Paul humbucking sound (at least to my ears). 

So here is the wiring diagram that I have been working on. Notice that I have included Adrian Legg's safety circuit in case an amp ever goes live on me. I had this in the original design, so I thought I'd include it for you.

I also eliminated the bridge phase switch, it seemed redundant, and was part of the dead spot issue I was having. I don't really see the need for it. If you have two pickups, only one needs to go out of phase. BM can go out of phase with a phase switch on the M, and BN can go out of phase (for that country tele sound) with the neck phase switch. I think there might have been a NMB setting that I'm losing, but I never used it much that way anyway.

So I'll post pics as I go along, but here is the wiring diagram.

God bless,

Willy



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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