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Marlene Hutchinson
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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
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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
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Try playing your guitar first thing in the morning.  Starting your day out with a song is likely to set you up for a positive day and it's kind of fun to just grab your guitar and play whatever comes to your mind ~ music mornings = marvelous days!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nominee See More
Feb 26
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Look up unfamiliar chords on-line.  There are hundreds of chords and it would be tough to know them all, but don't let an unfamiliar chord prevent you from playing songs because we can simply look up the chord on the many internet resources available to us ~ in no time at all you'll be playing acchordingly!!Play on...MarleneP.S. Here's one of the many chord websites http://chordfind.com/Marlene's Music…See More
Feb 19
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Try playing with a pick and try different thicknesses.  You might like to see what it's like to play with a flat pick and feel a bit confused so here's the 411, picks come in various gauges, heavy, medium and light, and each has a different feel/sound (i.e. heavy picks= a louder, deeper sound, light picks= a softer, clearer sound) ~ experiment with each gauge by playing the same thing so that you can pick your pick!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Music…See More
Feb 12
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Thursday "tip"

Write on your music.  Sometimes we need little reminders (i.e. capo 3, go back to chorus, 1 strum here, etc.) to rock our songs, so go ahead and make notes right on the paper, then you can focus on playing the song ~ in fact keep a pencil/pen in your book so you're ready to write, rock and roll!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Feb 5
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Thursday "tip"

Try different types of strings to hear and feel their variances.  Strings are made with a core material (nylon - nylon strings, steel wire - steel strings) and then wound with various types materials (i.e.bronze, silk, aluminum, silver, etc.) to create differing sounds ~ so test drive several types of strings to find your vibe!Play on...MarleneP.S. See how strings are made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPfR9uH8vlgMarlene's Music…See More
Jan 29
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Thursday "tip"

Play guitar frequently, just because it's good for you!  Playing an instrument (in our case a guitar) has been scientifically proven to be good for your mind, body and soul  ~ check this out http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collinsPlay on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On…See More
Jan 22
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Thursday "tip"

Regular practicing is the best way to master a skill.  Playing your guitar daily is more important than the amount of time you spend, for example it's more productive to play 20 minutes each day rather than 2 - 3 hours on just one day ~ improved playing can be routine!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS. CBS. NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nominee See More
Jan 15
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Thursday "tip"

Create your own guitar playing "style."  You can have more fun and add pizzazz to your guitar playing by allowing your personality to shine through ~ a good example is today's birthday honoree, Elvis Presley!Play on...MarleneP.S. A simple version of Hound Dog can be played with 3 chords (C, G & D) and a lot of fun rockin' attitude!Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC, Acoustic Guitar2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Jan 8
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Set a guitar New Year's resolution that you will complete before the end of the year.  Sometimes we set goals and expect to complete them a few days or weeks later, but new songs/skills can take us a little while to master, so just try to complete your goal by the end of 2015 and then enjoy the journey of making it happen!Happy New Year andPlay on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBCAcoustic Guitar, Making Music…See More
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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
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I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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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 a

flatpick with your focus on controlling the volume both loudly and softly ~ soon your song will feel dynamically controlled!

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Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:55am

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...
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Posted on March 19, 2015 at 10:35am

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...
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Posted on March 12, 2015 at 10:27am

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...
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Posted on March 5, 2015 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

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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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