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A ghostly beat

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By Rachel Mehlhaff / Staff Writer
The (Ghost) Note features a sound-proof isolation room for drum lessons and testing out drums.David Minton/DRC
The (Ghost) Note features a sound-proof isolation room for drum lessons and testing out drums.
David Minton/DRC

New store helps local drummers stay in the groove 

A ghost note is played softer than surrounding notes in drum music.  

“It keeps a drum groove moving,” said Tim Harman, who recently opened a drum shop on the Square along with Colby Schreck. “It keeps it feeling good.”

It’s heard a lot in funk and rock music, he said.

“We kind of keep drummers moving like a ghost note,” Harman said of his and Schreck’s shop, which opened last month.

The (Ghost) Note offers drums, rentals, repairs and lessons.

“We can cover pretty much anything related to the drum set,” he said.

Schreck said the shop stocks drum equipment that people would normally buy online, but this way, they can have it immediately.

There is a large concentration of drummers in Denton because of the University of North Texas, said Schreck, who graduated from UNT in December with a degree in jazz studies.

Harman and Schreck, both drummers, decided to open the shop after working together at a drum shop in Dallas, where Schreck also was giving lessons.

The two, with the help of some friends, painted and built the lesson room in the 1,500-square-foot space, including a staircase that goes nowhere, Harman said.

Harman and Schreck had never built a sound-proof room before, so there was a lot of trial and error, Harman said. But the room keeps their neighbors from being bothered by the noise from the lessons.

“It’s definitely worth the work,” Schreck said. If there wasn’t a sound proof room, he said, his students would have to practice on practice pads, and it’s not the same.

He compares practicing with the practice pads to a singer practicing with a pillow over his or her face.

The location, which was previously Rhinestone Boutique’s, works out well because people going into J&J’s Pizza to hear bands play walk past The (Ghost) Note.

Plus, being on the Square gives parents something to do while their son or daughter is taking lessons, Schreck said.

Schreck has been teaching private lessons for about five years, and his students have moved with him.

He teaches students of all ages, from 5 to 70, as well as students at various skill levels.

“Every student I approach totally different,” Schreck said.

Schreck and Harman don’t have a particular type of music they prefer to play.

“We both play a little bit of everything,” Harman said.

“As long as there is musicianship,” Schreck added.


RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is



The (Ghost) Note

  • 120 W. Oak St.
  • 940-387-1111
  • 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

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