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Top 10 stories of the week: Allan Holdsworth, Make Music Count, 2017 EMIDA winners

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: Allan Holdsworth, Make Music Count, 2017 EMIDA winners

The biggest story on MI Pro this week was the sad new that guitar legend Allan Holdsworth has passed away.

The British prog-rock and jazz-fusion guitarist influenced numerous musicians throughout his long career, with many taking to social media to pay tribute to his talent.

Read all the biggest stories below:

1. British guitar legend Allan Holdsworth dies aged 70
Influential prog-rock guitarist and composer Allan Holdsworth has passed away at the age of 70.
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2. Make Music Count: Innovative new musical teaching method coming to the UK
A new method of teaching students how to play the piano by solving maths equations has been gaining a lot of attention in the US.

3. Here's who won at the 2017 European Musical Instrument Dealer Awards
The 2017 European Musical Instrument Dealer Awards (EMIDA) took place last week to celebrate the best MI dealers in the industry.

4. Yamaha introduces new MX88 flagship synthesizer
With 88 keys, the new synth has an authentic piano feel whilst offering more than 1,000 sounds from the legendary Motif series.

5. Schools Minister rejects calls to boost UK music hub funding
Schools Minister Nick Gibb has rejected the calls to boost funding for the UK’s music hubs that help disadvantaged children have instrument lessons.

6. WATCH: New Dream Cymbals TriHat series now available in the UK
Canadian-based Dream Cymbals has introduced its successful ‘TriHat’ Hi-hats to the UK.

7. INTERVIEW: 'The MI market is being brought into the mobile age, and we're taking full advantage' - Fret Zeppelin
In a recent Crowdfunding Corner, we featured Fret Zeppelin – a digital training tool that fits right onto the neck of a guitar to help guitarist learn chords and songs.

8. Thief caught on camera stealing musical instruments in North Wales
A thief who smashed in the windows of a car to steal musical instruments was captured on CCTV.

9. Drum case maker Protection Racket now offers pet beds
Protection Racket, the Cornish company best known for its padded drum cases, has entered a brand new market.

10. High street footfall continues to outperform shopping centres and retail parks
Footfall in March grew 1.3% on the previous year, the fastest growth since March 2014, according to the latest BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies monitor.

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