Today we welcomed Ian palmer to Cariad and it's safe to say the class certainly enjoyed it and also learned from Ian's honesty and skilful playing, teaching.
For me, I'm learning every day on how to establish a shop in these changing times of music and trying to connect with different drummers, musicians and customers so I'm very grateful to the companies and drummers that have showed faith in us at our early stages.
To establish a drum store in this modern world of internet sales is more than difficult but with passion, lots of hard work and thinking outside the box you can survive.
Without getting into the whole 'buy local vs the big internet store' issue there is definitely a demand for a local store connecting with the local community and the wider via websites and social media but there is a truth in the fact that unless drummers purchase from the UK stores they will die off and then what??
To sit and see a young drummer's face light up watching and listening to an established drummer like Ian Palmer is special so where the internet and channels like YouTube are excellent tools there is just something that touches the heart seeing it live before your very eyes. Then to talk and connect together is a very human thing that is unique.
It's a funny situation that sometimes to suggest supporting shops in the Uk can cause such divisions yet we are asking the public to support the live music scene and support musicians. The point could be, why should anyone go out to see live music or a live show when you can sit at home and click a channel.
Well again, is it not because it's very special to see something live, interact with people and 'feel' the experience.
It's correct that sometimes the shop experience is not great and some shops may die off for not looking after customers but that's the thinking outside the box thing....shops need to adapt by being all things to the customer, trying to be competitive, giving a service and advice that cannot be had with on-line 'selling' stores and doing so much more than simply selling goods. You certainly cannot just open a shop and expect everyone to support and buy from you where you sit back and reap the rewards.
In this modern age I think the shop owner has to win the hearts and minds of the customers so it takes a person who is willing to listen, take all the knocks, disappointments and the feelings of insecurity and then be very modest in his approach, never belittling the customer but giving advice where needed and taking advice from them.
Music is a gift to the soul 'or life' of a person so when its deep in the soul its surely takes a lot of soul to be involved within it.
Watch this space folks, loads more to come!!