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Thursday "tip"

Play your songs different ways. It's fun to try playing songs with different strums, or picking, or different chords (i.e. C, G, & D instead of A, E & D), or with/without a capo, and you could even take it up a notch and try combining songs like this click here ~ have fun creating your own unique sound!Play on...Marlene www.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice…See More
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Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Watch documentaries about guitars and guitar playing.  It's fun, interesting and inspirational to learn from other guitarists about their experiences, successes, failures and motivations ~ check out these documentaries (below) ~ enjoy!P.S. Please let me know about other guitar documentaries that you've seen and liked. WIllie Nelson and His Famous Guitar: The Tale Of Trigger ~ …See More
Jul 16
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Jul 15
Marlene Hutchinson commented on Marlene Hutchinson's event Guitar Town
"This is a super cool event, a real "celebration of guitar", and I'll be there teaching guitar clinics ~ so stop by to say hi!"
Jul 15
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Keep your guitar wood humidified.  The best humidity level for your guitar wood is about 40-45%, which isn't always possible depending on your location, so a simple solution is to use a humidity pack that can fit between your strings (below) ~ obviously used during those rare moments when your guitar is sitting idle! Play on...MarleneP.S. Don't forget to stop by and see me at Guitar Town on 8/7-9!…See More
Jul 9
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Play songs that are holiday inspired. It's fun to gear your music selections to a theme, for instance patriotic songs in honor of the 4th of July !!Play on...Marlenewww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Jul 2
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Travel with your guitar. Don't leave your guitar at home, it want's to go with you, so keep these simple ideas in mind; don't leave it in your car for long periods of time, bring a humidity pack as humidity levels can be different in a new location and remember an extra set of strings ~ be your own traveling road show!Play on...MarleneP.S. I'll be traveling soon to Colorado (with my guitar) to teach at…See More
Jun 25
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

For faster chord changes, don't stop the rhythm.  Our natural tendency is to stop the rhythm to change chords, but one of the best ways to improve your chord changing finesse is to keep your rhythm hand moving (strumming/picking), which sends a signal to your brain to tell the other hand to "keep going" ~ sort of like a little friendly (mental) competition!Play on...Marlene www.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Jun 18
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Do exercises for finger dexterity. When playing guitar we're asking our fingers to move quickly and in many different sequences, so doing simple spider-like exercises will help to improve finger dexterity which will likely help your playing ability ~ try this video to get those fingers moving!Play on...Marlenewww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Jun 11
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Breathe deeply to relieve tension/stress and make better music. Sometimes when we feel our stress/anxiety in life or just when trying to play a song we hold our breath which causes more tension in our body and makes it more difficult to play guitar ~ be sure to relax and just BREATHE!Play on...Marlenewww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Jun 4
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Prevent slippery strings by wiping with a soft cloth.  Sometimes while playing we accumulate perspiration and natural finger oils on our strings and our fingers slip, especially when trying to manage chords, so simply stop your playing momentarily, wipe your strings and then continue to play ~ don't sweat it, just wipe your strings!Play on...Marlene…See More
May 28
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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  Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
May 21
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
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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

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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 your songs different ways. It's fun to try playing songs with different strums, or picking, or different chords (i.e. C, G, & D instead of A, E & D), or with/without a capo, and you could even take it up a notch and try combining songs like this click here ~ have fun creating your own unique sound!
Play on...
Marlene
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Posted on July 23, 2015 at 11:00am

Thursday "tip"

Watch documentaries about guitars and guitar playing.  It's fun, interesting and inspirational to learn from other guitarists about their experiences, successes, failures and motivations ~ check out these documentaries (below) ~ enjoy!
P.S. Please let me know about other guitar documentaries that you've seen and liked. 
WIllie Nelson and His Famous Guitar: The Tale Of Trigger ~ …
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Posted on July 16, 2015 at 11:44am

Thursday "tip"

Keep your guitar wood humidified.  The best humidity level for your guitar wood is about 40-45%, which isn't always possible depending on your location, so a simple solution is to use a humidity pack that can fit between your strings (below) ~ obviously used during those rare moments when your guitar is sitting idle! 
Play on...
Marlene
P.S. Don't forget to stop by and see me at…
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Posted on July 9, 2015 at 8:18am

Thursday "tip"

Play songs that are holiday inspired. It's fun to gear your music selections to a theme, for instance patriotic songs in honor of the 4th of July !!
Play on...
Marlene
As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC
2014 Player's Choice Award…
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Posted on July 2, 2015 at 10:34am

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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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