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Learn to pick, grin
Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor teaches young and old to play
By Erica Febre

Musicians of all experience levels, young and old, have a place to come together at Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor in Candia.

Owned and operated by Joe Henderson and his son Jody for the last two years, Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor has been “common man’s” music store.

“We can’t compete with the prices of the bigger music stores around here but they also don’t have the same personality or affection that we have to offer,” said Jody at the Pickin’ Parlor. “This is more of the affordable person’s way to go.”

After years of being involved in the local music scene themselves, both Joe and Jody decided they wanted a more active part in the music community.

“There’s a lot of musicians in this area,” said Jody. “A lot of musicians who used to play years ago and had to give it up to move on with their lives and now they’re ready to get back into it.”

Themed around the idea of an old-style Tennessee pickin’ parlors, Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor serves as a meeting place where musicians can come together and play in an informal, shared public environment.

Selling both affordable and high-end equipment, the Pickin’ Parlor is also the only New England distributor of Morgan Monroe and Beam Blossom brands. Henderson’s also offers music lessons on just about any instrument of choice.

At $20 for a half-hour, one-on-one lesson on any instrument of choice, the Pickin’ Parlor’s main goal is to make it easy for student of all types to feel comfortable during lessons.

One of their instructors has even come up with a color and number book to make it easier for the children to learn a little faster.

“You learn at your own pace. We can take them as far as they’re capable of going. Some advance really really fast and some require a little more time to learn,” Jody said.

With five instructors on hand, all offering rather flexible schedules, Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor offers lessons on the guitar, the banjo, mandolin, bass, dobro, dulcimer, ukelele, violin, fiddle, keyboard and piano, flute, alto saxophone, drums and the clarinet.

Joe Gibson, a Berklee graduate from Massachusetts, is one of the instructors, along with New Hampshire residents Chuck Bellerose, Arnell Jones, James McDuffee and Paul Barry.

Once a musician feels comfortable with his abilities, he is welcome to join other musicians at the Pickin’ Parlor on Thursday nights for their open blues jam, held every week, in an open-mike format.

The Pickin’ Parlor also offers workshops available for both adults and children.

Pickin’ Parlor
What: Music lessons for adults and children.
Where: Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor, 187 Raymond Road in Candia.
For more information: Call the Pickin’ Parlor at 483-5001 for more details or to make an appointment..