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Marlene Hutchinson
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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
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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
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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
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
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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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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

Marlene Hutchinson's Blog

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 
close up of E major fingering
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Posted on April 23, 2015 at 9:46am

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 and

additionally, commit yourself by writing it down ~ anchors away!!!

Play on...

Marlene



 

 

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Posted on April 16, 2015 at 10:31am

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…
Continue

Posted on April 9, 2015 at 8:38am

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...
Marlene
P.S. Check out Tommy Emmanuel playing this Beatles Medley ~ his playing is certainly beyond amazing, but really…
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Posted on April 2, 2015 at 11:34am

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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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