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Making music together

Mother-son team brings music store to downtown Marshall, which includes an acoustic guitar room

October 22, 2012
By Jenny Kirk , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Minneota natives Sue Schreier and her son Terry Schreier are hoping to attract music lovers to their new store, The Note Gallery, which is located at 356 West Main Street in Marshall.

After taking over the space previously housing the Lyon County Museum, the Schreiers quickly made the spacious location their own. This past week, the new owners celebrated the store's grand opening.

"It's a great location," Sue Schreier said. "The open house went really well. It's exciting."

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Sue Schreier, left, and Terry Schreier recently announced the opening of their new store, The Note Gallery. The mother-son owners, who are standing in the acoustic guitar room, specialize in guitars, keyboards and lessons.

Guitars and keyboards are the primary highlights in the new store, along with an acoustic guitar room.

"We have a music store in Marshall, but it is geared more towards band instruments," Sue Schreier said. "We're not geared towards band. We're geared towards guitar and keyboard."

After Van's Sound Room closed up shop, the Schreiers were both approached numerous times about the possibility of opening a music store.

"When Van's first moved into town, I was thinking about opening a store at that time," Sue Schreier said. "But he was doing it at the same time, and you just can't have two guitar shops in a town like this. When his wife was transferred and he closed his store, I must have had a dozen people ask me if I was interested in opening a store. My son Terry, who is part owner, also had at least a dozen people ask him because there was a need for it."

Sue Schreier pointed out that guitars are a very versatile and universal instrument.

"There are a lot of people out there that enjoy playing the guitar," she said. "Who didn't grow up sitting around a campfire, singing with the guitar? And everybody's got a garage band that they were part of or wanted to be part of."

Whether it is for pleasure or performance, The Note Gallery has access to a wide variety of guitars, Sue Schreier said, including Daisy Rock guitars, which creator Tish Ciravolo specially designed for girls, in splashy, sparkly colors.

"We have smaller size guitars for younger students," Sue Schreier said. "They're a little bit smaller in the neck for the smaller hands. We even have full size Daisy Rock guitars that fit most girls' hands better."

Other electric guitar brands the owners will carry are Godin and Washburn in addition to custom electric John Marshall guitars and a couple of Fenders.

"The guitars are hanging up so people can take them down and check them out," Sue Schreier said. "People are encouraged to come in and try things."

On the acoustic side, The Note Gallery will carry brand names such as Seagull, classical versions like La Patrie and custom guitars from Breedlove and Bedell.

"We're finding that more and more people are appreciating the acoustics again," Sue Schreier said. "Acoustics is a very low, softer, gentle sound, like James Taylor. Custom guitars, they work on from beginning to end. They pick out the wood. They shape it. They cut it. That's why the custom guitars are so good. It's a totally different sound."

The Schreiers expect that the temperature- and humidity-controlled acoustic guitar room will be appreciated by customers.

In the near future, the Schreiers are planning to display banjos, mandolins and ukuleles. The new owners are also in the process of setting up coffee house events, where specific people give short performances, and jam nights, where people can bring in their guitars and play.

"Most of my friends are all musicians, so it's nice to have a place where they can come down and kind of jam out and do what they want," Terry Schreier said. "That's what we want: a place for people to jam out."

Terry Schreier said he was glad he and his mother could supply the Marshall area with quality musical items.

"If we ever wanted a decent guitar or instrument, we'd have to go to Willmar, Mankato or Sioux Falls," he said. "That was kind of a draw for why we wanted to open this store, to bring availability to this area."

Terry Schreier has played guitar for more than 10 years and will provide lessons for any age student. Guitars can also be repaired at The Note Gallery.

Sue Schreier will provide piano and voice lessons and for other instruments as needed. She also pointed out that keyboards are a great alternative for people who live in apartments, she said.

"With a digital piano, you can plug your headphones in and no one hears you," she said. "It's a really good option."

The Note Gallery carries Roland amps, keyboards and digital drum sets, Sue Schreier said, in addition to a guitar synthesizer.

"Roland makes a little gadget called a guitar synthesizer," she said. "It's like a keyboard synthesizer that when you push the keyboard, it makes a different sound, like a guitar or a trumpet. On the guitar synthesizer, you're strumming and you sound like you're playing an arpeggio on the piano."

The owners said they've had a lot of people curious about the synthesizer already.

"It's fun to mess around with," Terry Schreier said.

The Note Gallery is also a local dealer for Marshall Amps, Boss Effects Pedals and Orange Amps.

"As a dealer, if somebody is needing something and we don't have it in the store, we can order it if it's available," Sue Schreier said. "So that's nice."

The new store also features print music for piano, vocal and guitar, along with piano and guitar series books for lessons. There is also instant-print music available.

"If we can't find a piece of music in the store and if it's available digitally, we can print it right here and the customer can purchase it," Sue Schreier said. "It's usually about $4 or $5, but you get it right away and then it's yours."



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