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Marlene Hutchinson
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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
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Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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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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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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
Robert Williamson commented on Marlene Hutchinson's blog post Thursday Tip
"Not a version. It is an original song. It predates Bruno Mars' use of the same title by many years. :) - Bobby Pendantic "
Feb 11
Marlene Hutchinson commented on Marlene Hutchinson's blog post Thursday Tip
"Hi Tony, Thanks for the "Just The Way You Are" input. I really like Billy Joel's version and appreciate you bringing it into the mix! Play on... Marlene"
Feb 11
Robert Williamson commented on Marlene Hutchinson's blog post Thursday Tip
"yup "
Feb 11
Tony K. commented on Marlene Hutchinson's blog post Thursday Tip
"P.S. "Just The Way You Are"  by Billy Joel can be simplified to easily be played on the acoustic as well.  You don't have to play every "piano" chord Bill does in the song to play and sing it nicely."
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
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I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

Marlene Hutchinson's Blog

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...
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Posted on April 28, 2016 at 9:24am

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!
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Posted on April 21, 2016 at 3:05pm

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...
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Posted on April 14, 2016 at 11:40am

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!
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Posted on April 7, 2016 at 11:40am

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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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