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Marlene Hutchinson
  • Laguna Hills, CA
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Keep your guitar cool and comfortable! With the summer tempuratures soaring you want to be sure that your guitar is happy and here's a good rule: your guitar should not be exposed to climate conditions that you would not want to be exposed to, ideally 40 - 45% humidity and 65-75 °F ~ a cool guitar is cool!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC, AcousticGuitar.com2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
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Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Take your guitar with you on your Summer travels. One of the coolest things about playing guitar is that you can take your guitar with you everywhere and play in some of the most amazing locations ~ for instance I'm in Santa Barbara and I just played my guitar at the beach!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBCNominated for 2014 Player's Choice AwardsSee More
Jul 17
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Play a song as many different ways as possible.  Try it with several different strumming patterns (i.e. basic strum, calypso, reggae, etc.), then try it with picking patterns (i.e. basic patterns, Travis picking, etc.), then use a flatpick and then try playing at different tempos ~ let your creative juices flow and you'll find there's more than 1 way to play a song!Play on...Marlene Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC,…See More
Jul 10
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Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center

July 12, 2014 from 10am to 3pm
"Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!" workshop, as seen on PBS & featured on CBS and NBC, is a 1 day workshop for busy adults who want to learn to play guitar but don't have time for weekly lessons.http://commed.smc.edu/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=47197&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0See More
Jul 3
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

FInd and perform at a local open mic.  Playing at an open mic event can be a great way to improve your ability to perform in front of others and though it may seem a little intimidating, the audience (other guitarists) is usually super supportive of anything you play ~ so search out your nearest open mic and make it happen!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC, AcousticGuitar.comNominated for 2014 Player's Choice…See More
Jul 3
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Use the internet as a tutorial resource.  Learning from others is a great way to increase your skills, but it's not always convenient to find someone, so use sites like YouTube and Acoustic Guitar magazine to view video tutorials ~ we've got some pretty cool resources at our fingertips - literally!Play on...Marlene P.S.  I'm on Acoustic Guitar Magazine's website!  Check out the interview I did with Mark Kemp, Editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine…See More
Jun 26
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Play with other guitarists whenever possible.  Every guitar player has their own skill set and playing style, along with a repetoire of songs that may inspire you, so learn, inspire each other and have fun ~ guitar playing brings the best people together!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS & NBC See More
Jun 19
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Thursday "tip"

Go to local guitar shop events. Local guitar shops frequently host guitar events like manufacturers showcasing their latest models and artists demonstrating guitars ~ you'll learn a lot about guitars and guitar playing ~ a win-win!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBCSee More
Jun 12
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Thursday "tip"

Be a prepared guitarist ~ a.k.a. what's in your case?  To be ready for any playing need you should have the following in your case at all times; a set of strings (it's like the spare tire to your car), tuner, capo, nail trimmers and cloth ~ being ready for any guitar need or challenge means you won't have to fret (ha, ha) about anything!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS & NBCNominated for 2014 Player's Choice…See More
Jun 5
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Try different volumes of sound within a song.  For instance play your song in it's normal manner and when you come to a pivotal part play louder (a.k.a. crescendo), then bring it back down (a.k.a. decrescendo) ~ it's a great way to add expression and feelings to your music!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS & NBCSee More
May 29
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Clean your strings after each playing session.  We have natural oils on our fingertips that build up on the strings as we play, so to get rid of the build up and extend the life of your strings use a soft cloth and wipe down the strings of your guitar each time you play ~ make it your post playing routine!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On ~ PBS, CBS, NBC, KCal9See More
May 22
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Find creative ways to fit practice time into your day.  Finding practice time each day can be a challenge, so get creative, for example play guitar while chatting with your spouse or include your children in your playing time or have a guitar at your office in case you have "down time" ~ soon you'll find you've mutli-tasked your way to great songs!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC, KCal9See More
May 15
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Thursday "tip"

Change your strings about every 6 months.  Spring is a great time to change out your old strings and an easy way to remember (i.e. Spring cleaning), best of all you'll love the vibrancy of your songs with the new strings ~ so out with the old and in with the new!Play on...Marlene Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On:  PBS, CBS, NBC, KCal9See More
May 8
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Chord sound quality can be assessed by checking the pressed strings.  Sometimes when we strum a chord we know it's not quite right and we're not sure which string needs an adjustment, so you can figure that out by playing individually only the strings that are being pressed (i.e. G chord play 6, 5 & 1) ~ then if you find a muted string ~ press harder!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marelnesmusic.com See More
May 1
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Try doing finger stretches each time before you play.  You'll be surpirsed at how much better your playing will go when you take a few minutes to stretch your fingers, like the one in this photo ~ then let your fingers do the talking!Play on...MarleneFinger%20stretches.png Marlene's Music…See More
Apr 24
Marlene Hutchinson posted an event
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Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! at The Grange @ The Meadows

April 19, 2014 from 10am to 3pm
"Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!" workshop, 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://meadowslink.com/Calendar/Event/16506~718111~1303.814.2358See More
Apr 17

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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"

Keep your guitar cool and comfortable! With the summer tempuratures soaring you want to be sure that your guitar is happy and here's a good rule: your guitar should not be exposed to climate conditions that you would not want to be exposed to, ideally 40 - 45% humidity and 65-75 °F ~ a cool guitar is cool!



Play on...

Marlene



Marlene's Music

www.marlenesmusic.com

As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC, AcousticGuitar.com

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Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:25am

Thursday "tip"

Take your guitar with you on your Summer travels. One of the coolest things about playing guitar is that you can take your guitar with you everywhere and play in some of the most amazing locations ~ for instance I'm in Santa Barbara and I just played my guitar at the beach!
Play on...
Marlene

Marlene's Music
www.marlenesmusic.com
As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC
Nominated for 2014 Player's Choice Awards

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 12:04pm

Thursday "tip"

Play a song as many different ways as possible.  Try it with several different strumming patterns (i.e. basic strum, calypso, reggae, etc.), then try it with picking patterns (i.e. basic patterns, Travis picking, etc.), then use a flatpick and then try playing at different tempos ~ let your creative juices flow and you'll find there's more than 1 way to play a song!
Play on...
Marlene


 
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Posted on July 10, 2014 at 12:10pm

Thursday "tip"

FInd and perform at a local open mic.  Playing at an open mic event can be a great way to improve your ability to perform in front of others and though it may seem a little intimidating, the audience (other guitarists) is usually super supportive of anything you play ~ so search out your nearest open mic and make it happen!
Play on...
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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 10:19am

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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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