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Thursday Tip

Each day play the same song at a different tempo. Tempo is how fast or slow you play a song and to help you learn to adjust to various tempos try playing the same song, but change the tempo daily (i.e. play Happy Birthday - Monday~slow, Tuesday-fast, Wednesday-medium, etc, note: a metronome is useful for this) ~ a tempo a day, keeps the guitarist in play!Play on...Marlene…See More
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Thursday Tip

Make a plan to visit a music/guitar museum. There are some really cool museums around the United States (click here for a list of museums), so try to check out one near you or make a special trip, you'll gain an interesting perspective on guitars and music, which ultimately helps your guitar playing ~…See More
May 19
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Thursday Tip

Anticipate your chord change for a smoother song. Thinking ahead to the next transition can help to eliminate the "choppy" nature of a song; helpful hints can be to recognize simple ways to move on (i.e. Am to C is just moving the 3rd finger) and anticipating the change by sound as explained in this video ~ I foresee smoother transitions ahead!Play on...Marlene  Changing the world, one guitar string at a time …See More
May 12
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday Tip

When you have a challenge with a new song, go back to the basics. For instance many of us fumble a bit with the transitions within a song (mainly because we just want to rock the song instantly!), so take a step back and work through the chord/note changes, slowly first, then faster and then try the song again ~ soon you'll basically be playing your song!Play on...MarleneChanging the world, one guitar string at a timewww.marlenesmusic.comAs seen on…See More
May 5
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Thursday Tip

Learn about the various woods used to construct the top of the guitar neck.  The wood used on the top of the guitar neck (click here to learn about the woods) can affect the sound and play-ability, so it can be helpful to learn about the wood preferences, generally Ebony and Rosewood ~  wood knowledge, just in the "neck" of time!Play on...MarleneP.S. Check out this interesting …See More
Apr 28
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Thursday Tip

Sing while playing your guitar.  Singing helps keep the song moving along, helps us maintain the rhythm of the song and it makes the song really fun, you can even sing with "style" as described by a vocal instructor in this video  ~ singing while playing guitar is like peanut butter & jelly, they just naturally go together!Play on...Marlenewww.marlenesmusic.comAs…See More
Apr 21
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Thursday Tip

Play your guitar in front of a mirror.  It's a great way to keep your head upright, rather than down, to see how you're fingering your chords/notes and when playing your rhythm patterns (i.e. strumming and picking), which can lessen neck strain and give you a new perspective on your playing ~ reflect on your music!Play on...Marlenewww.marlenesmusic.comAs seen on PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Apr 14
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Thursday Tip

Listen to different versions of a song.  By listening to various artists' interpretations of the same song you can hear other ways to play it which can inspire you to try that song using a variety of playing options like a tempo change (slow, medium, fast) or strumming instead of picking, etc., to make the song your own ~ variety is the spice of (guitar) life!Play on...Marlenewww.marlensmusic.comAs seen on PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Apr 7
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Thursday Tip

Improve your ability to hear your guitar music. Developing your "ear" for chord/note sounds can enhance your playing abilities, so give this a whirl; play a familiar song trying to anticipate, predict and make the song's chord/note changes without relying on written music, instead rely solely on what you hear ~ it will be music to your ears!Play on...Marlenewww.marlenesmusic.comAs seen on PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Mar 31
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Thursday Tip

With new songs, work on the weakest hand first.  When playing a new song it's a good idea to work on the left hand (fretting hand) skills first because it's often the weakest hand and needs more time to get oriented to the fingerings and movements (i.e. chord transitioning) ~ just think, with some fret "workouts" your song will work out!Play on...Marlene www.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Mar 24
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O'Thursday O'Tip

Play songs relating to a theme or holiday.  Since it's St. Patrick's Day, try playing this Irish song called Galway Girl (here are the words & chords, and this is the song in case you're not familiar with it) ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day!Play on...Marlene   www.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's…See More
Mar 17
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Thursday Tip

Learn about the science of your guitar sounds a.k.a. resonance.  Resonance: noun ~ is the quality in a sound being deep, full and reverberating, and acoustic guitar resonance is the science of the guitar body's ability to reflect the vibrating air (i.e. Helmholtz Resonance) ~ so let your good vibrations resonate!Play on...Marlene  …See More
Mar 10
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Thursday Tip

Boost your brain power by playing guitar. Scientific studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can increase cognitive thinking, memory and focus as illustrated in this recent (3/1/16) CNN article, Six Tips That Could Make You Smarter ~ playing guitar = brain food!Play on...Marlene…See More
Mar 3
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Thursday Tip

Try playing your guitar while standing up. The feel of playing your guitar while standing is a little different than while seated and it's a terrific way to experience your skills/positionings in a new way, without the support of the guitar body, but of course you'll need a strap (bonus: a fun strap can up your "cool factor")  ~ so stand up for guitar!Play on...Marlenewww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Feb 25
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Thursday Tip

Create your own song.  You might have some meaningful words in your head that you'd like to put to music and the good news is you can by simply starting with easy chords and strumming, and then go from there ~ you never know, you could be just a strum away from a beautiful new song of your own!Play on...MarleneP.S. Check out this song by Jessica Hull, a Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! graduate, way to go Jessica! (Song link courtesy of…See More
Feb 18
Marlene Hutchinson commented on Marlene Hutchinson's blog post Thursday Tip
"Hi Bobby, Thank you, I stand corrected, Billy Joel's is the original and it's awesome! Play on... Marlene"
Feb 11

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Music teacher, This is a profile for a guitar-related business engaged in the following area(s):, Guitar camp/workshop
How many years have you been playing guitar?
10-20 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar
What is your website address?
http://www.marlenesmusic.com
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

Marlene Hutchinson's Blog

Thursday Tip

Each day play the same song at a different tempo. Tempo is how fast or slow you play a song and to help you learn to adjust to various tempos try playing the same song, but change the tempo daily (i.e. play Happy Birthday - Monday~slow, Tuesday-fast, Wednesday-medium, etc, note: a metronome is useful for this) ~ a tempo a day, keeps the guitarist in play!
Play on...
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Posted on May 26, 2016 at 10:16am

Thursday Tip

Make a plan to visit a music/guitar museum. There are some really cool museums around the United States (click here for a list of museums), so try to check out one near you or make a special trip, you'll gain an interesting perspective on guitars and music, which ultimately helps your guitar playing ~…
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Posted on May 19, 2016 at 9:43am

Thursday Tip

Anticipate your chord change for a smoother song. Thinking ahead to the next transition can help to eliminate the "choppy" nature of a song; helpful hints can be to recognize simple ways to move on (i.e. Am to C is just moving the 3rd finger) and anticipating the change by sound as explained in this video ~ I foresee smoother transitions ahead!
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Posted on May 12, 2016 at 3:51pm

Thursday Tip

When you have a challenge with a new song, go back to the basics. For instance many of us fumble a bit with the transitions within a song (mainly because we just want to rock the song instantly!), so take a step back and work through the chord/note changes, slowly first, then faster and then try the song again ~ soon you'll basically be playing your song!
Play on...
Marlene
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Posted on May 5, 2016 at 5:40pm

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At 11:00am on October 28, 2011, Terry Angelli said…

Marlene,

I didn't see you message on my page until just now because I was away. Your welcome for the greeting. Nice group of folks here on AG, I hope your enjoying the site.

At 6:35pm on October 9, 2011, Terry Angelli said…
Welcome to AG! Hope to see you in the Teachers Group!
At 2:44pm on September 26, 2011, Jose said…

Hi Marlene,

AG is a great resource and connection website...Have a good day.

Jose

 
 
 

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