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Marlene Hutchinson
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Play guitar because it makes you happy!  Studies have shown that the brain's reaction to playing guitar can be significant; you release dopamine, reverse the body's response to stress and lower blood pressure ~  so play your guitar and get "Happy"!Play on...Marlene  Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
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Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Playing slowly will help your songs progress.  Learning and playing a song slowly, rather than trying to play it quickly right away, will produce a more accurately sounding song and will provide you the opportunity to gain confidence in your skills ~ be like the tortoise...slow and steady will get you there!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
May 14
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Thursday "tip"

Step out of your comfort zone and play in front of someone.  When we play our music in front of other people (family, friends, coffee house, open mic...) it helps us gain confidence in our playing, we usually discover that it's not as scary as we thought and that it's actually fun ~ so go ahead and step into your performance zone!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
May 7
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Thursday "tip"

Rub your fingertips lightly on a soft fabric or your jeans!  Rubbing your fingertips on fabric (denim is good, corduroy is better) will help with the soreness, it will improve circulation in the fingertips and it will bring them back to shape after pressing on the strings ~ soft fabric = fingertip TLC!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Apr 30
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Be sure to be on your fingertips when playing chords/notes.  In order to get your best sounding chords/notes (whether it's a new chord or one you've been playing for a while) you need to be sure you're up on your fingertips, not the flat of your finger ~ so keep your nails short and "press on"!!!!Play on...Marlene Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Apr 23
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Anchor your practice time.  "Anchoring", which basically means a starting point and then plus or minus you can go from there, is a way to set yourself up for practice success, for example a simple anchor would be 15 minutes each day andadditionally, commit yourself by writing it down ~ anchors away!!!Play on...Marlene  Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Apr 16
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Thursday "tip"

Spring has sprung, time to spring clean your guitar.  It's a great idea to clean/polish/oil your guitar a couple times per year and Spring, being a time of renewal, is a great reminder to give your guitar the TLC that it needs ~ so spring into action and hop to it!Play on...Marlene P.S. Check out how easy it is to give your guitar some TLC! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjWMHNAf-V4  (Note: you can also use baby oil on the guitar…See More
Apr 9
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Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! workshop at University of Washington Seattle

April 25, 2015 from 10am to 3pm
"Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!", as seen on PBS, is a 1 day workshop for busy adults who want to learn to play guitar, but don't have time for weekly lessons.http://classesandworkshops.com/music/seattle-guitar-classes-beginners/See More
Apr 2
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Thursday "tip"

Try some percussive (drumming) effects with your playing.  Adding some simple tapping on the body of your guitar or rhythmic dampening on your strings can add an element of interest and surprise to your songs and it can be done at just one point in the song (i.e. in the bridge, intro, etc) or through out the song ~ drum away!  Play on...MarleneP.S. Check out Tommy Emmanuel playing this Beatles Medley ~ his playing is certainly beyond amazing, but really notice the percussive effects his uses to…See More
Apr 2
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Be able to control the volume when using a flatpick.  The dynamics of a song, how hard or soft you're playing, helps to present the feelings and emotions of a song (see the example below), so practice strumming and/or picking using aflatpick with your focus on controlling the volume both loudly and softly ~ soon your song will feel dynamically controlled!Play on...MarleneControlled Dynamics Example: In this Dave Mathews & Tim Reynolds video pay particular attention to minutes 1:00 - 1:10…See More
Mar 26
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Thursday "tip"

Sing the words to your songs as you're playing.  We generally learn our songs in phases, for instance we begin with the chords, then work on the rhythm and then lastly we add the words because they can trip us up, but challenge yourself to add the words, even before you think you're ready ~ like pieces to a puzzle, it will magically come together!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award…See More
Mar 19
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Thursday "tip"

Memorize chord shapes.  Chords have a shape and thinking in those terms might make finger placement a little easier, try this with the E chord; position your fingers, once you have your fingers in place, look at the shape of your hand, then take your fingers off and see if you can re-place your fingers in the same shape ~ it's a great way shape it up!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award…See More
Mar 12
Gary Wilson commented on Marlene Hutchinson's blog post Thursday "tip"
"Hmm, Great tip actually I also think about my playing speed and how to increase it, but you gave a great information for increasing the guitar playing speed. online guitar lessons"
Mar 9
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Use a timer to gauge your playing speed.  A strategy to help you improve on the speed of a skill (i.e. chord changes, rhythm pattern, solo riff, etc.) is to time yourself playing it slowly, then replay it with the goal of shaving off a few seconds each time, but (of course) without giving up quality sound ~ you'll find improvement in mere seconds!Play on...Marlene Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award…See More
Mar 5
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Feb 26
Margaret Galbraith commented on Marlene Hutchinson's blog post Thursday "tip"
"Totally agree on writing on music but it is strange now I'm a lot order I have to change where the capo went and some tuning?"
Feb 26

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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"

Play guitar because it makes you happy!  Studies have shown that the brain's reaction to playing guitar can be significant; you release dopamine, reverse the body's response to stress and lower blood pressure ~  so play your guitar and get "Happy"!

Play on...

Marlene…



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Posted on May 21, 2015 at 1:52pm

Thursday "tip"

Playing slowly will help your songs progress.  Learning and playing a song slowly, rather than trying to play it quickly right away, will produce a more accurately sounding song and will provide you the opportunity to gain confidence in your skills ~ be like the tortoise...slow and steady will get you there!
Play on...
Marlene
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Posted on May 14, 2015 at 10:50am

Thursday "tip"

Step out of your comfort zone and play in front of someone.  When we play our music in front of other people (family, friends, coffee house, open mic...) it helps us gain confidence in our playing, we usually discover that it's not as scary as we thought and that it's actually fun ~ so go ahead and step into your performance zone!
Play on...
Marlene
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Marlene's Music…
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Posted on May 7, 2015 at 11:13am

Thursday "tip"

Rub your fingertips lightly on a soft fabric or your jeans!  Rubbing your fingertips on fabric (denim is good, corduroy is better) will help with the soreness, it will improve circulation in the fingertips and it will bring them back to shape after pressing on the strings ~ soft fabric = fingertip TLC!
Play on...
Marlene
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Posted on April 30, 2015 at 10:24am

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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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