The store retails and sells guitars, string instruments, sound equipment, and all those gadgets that musicians typically need to keep the mojo rising and the music flowing.
On the rental end of the business, students of all ages can find guitars and string instruments they need to practice. When it comes to repairs, Gates is a master at fixing and fine-tuning damaged instruments to get them sounding like they're new again.
As chief conductor, arranger and owner of Play Your Own Music, Gates has invited the very best music teachers in the northern Nevada region, if not the west, to teach there. More than 200 students take weekly lessons in guitar, violin and piano from six professional music instructors. The teachers are world-class musicians that Gates says he's lucky to have.
Among the stand-out music teachers are Sue Jesch, the education director of the Carson City Symphony and teacher of violin and viola for more than 30 years. There's also other very talented, noted musicians who provide private lessons at Play Your Own Music, among them are Jacki Montgomery, Dale Poune, Kurt mitchell and David Johnson.