What does music mean to you? It is said that music is a universal language that is able to break through language and culture barriers. It is even said that music is a medicine that can heal people’s hearts. Listening to music may be like traveling through a time tunnel, re-triggering our past memories. When a song is heard a personal experience of the past might be relived. Music may allow you to sympathize with others. No matter what music means to you, it always has the miraculous power to bind people together. If you are a music lover, you should go to Ochanomizu and find a store and come play a song or two, or you even buy a new guitar in Japan. In this article, I want to take you to Tokyo music instrument stores at Ochanomizu (plan your route at the link and click on the Google Maps below the entries for walking directions) and introduce five instrument stores to you.
By the way, Ochanomizu is the most popular music street in Tokyo. You can find many different kinds of music instruments here.
Tokyo Music Instrument Stores: Big Boss
If you are an electric guitar musician, you will want to come here. Big Boss provides guitar amplifiers, guitar effect pedals, pedal tuners, mic preamps, etc., to customers. This is equipment necessary for live performances. Besides finger-picking and memorizing chords, personal solo and special effects are indispensable skills possessed by professional guitar players. In addition, if you accidentally break your guitar, Big Boss offers repair services. As the Chinese people say, “If a workman wishes to do a good job, he must first sharpen his tools.” Coming to the store is your initial step to be a successful guitar musician.
Big Boss Information
There are some preeminent songs that can penetrate humans’ hearts disregarding the time until it slips by. You might not be a musician, but you can be a music lover. At Disk Union, you are not required to have any particular skill, but have ears to listen songs. There are many CDs that cannot be found in any other place in Japan, but you can find them here. You can even find gramophone records and record players.
There are Disk Union stores all over Tokyo. Check out the list of locations in the information section below!
Disk Union Information
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A top-notch guitar place with a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Check out our separate article on G’ Club here!
As you can see the name of the store, all of its products are guitars. There are three stores lining up together in Ochanomizu. One of the stores exclusively sells electric guitars and bass guitars. In the store, you might notice a word, 中古, which means, “second-hand.” If you are looking for a cheap guitar, Guitar Planet offers guitars for as low as 10,000 yen (100 USD).
There is a different store that only sells acoustic guitars. The selling point of this store is the unique Japanese brands such as Headway and Takamine. If you want a guitar that is made in Japan, come to this store. In addition, most of the staff there speak English. If you have any questions regarding the guitars you can ask.
Finally, Guitar Planet (Ukulele Planet) branch also provides ukulele services. If playing the guitar is too difficult for you we can play the ukulele together. With only 4 strings and less chords to memorize, its makes playing easier than the guitar.
All of the Guitar Planet’s six stores are within a minute’s walk from Ochanomizu Station. Whatever you need–old or new, electric, acoustic, or bass–they have it or they can get it.
Guitar Planet Information
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Ishibashi Music Drum Store
The percussionists are the soul of a band. They are the signal-senders who initiate a song, provide transitional signals, and conclude a song by hitting the crash cymbal. Ishibashi is a store that is specifically for drummers and percussionists. This store also provides a private drum kit studio for individual practices. You can play in the room without any interruptions. You can select a snare drum and ask a staff member to assist in setting up in the studio. Don’t feel embarrassed if you are not an expert of drums; no one will laugh at you.
Ishibashi Music Drum Store Information
Shimokura-Gakki – Violin and Wind instrument Specialty Stores
Are you a jazz lover? Do you love listening to blues or gospel? Maybe you are a jazz musician. Upright bass, saxophone, and trumpet are the essential elements of Jazz. I believe that playing music is similar to cooking. You might have the same meat as others have, but you decide the way you would like to cook; the seasoning you add on the ingredient and the sauces you put on the dish. Likewise, playing the same songs can have different interpretations. Although Shimokura-Gakki also sells guitars, violin and wind instruments are one of their selling points. If you don’t like jazz music this store has some violins as well. Shimokura-Gakki doesn’t disappoint.
Shimokura-Gakki – Violin and Wind Instrument Specialty Stores Information
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