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Marlene Hutchinson
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What's your playing style? We all have a style, a favorite way of playing, perhaps it's even a blend of the various styles (see basic guitar style descriptions below & try this fun Guitar Style Quiz), and knowing your playing style can help with song choices and skill advancements ~ you've got guitar style, so know and own it!Play on...MarleneBasic Guitar Style DescriptionsRhythm Guitarist ~ A rhythm…See More
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Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! workshop at Red ROcks Amphitheater Visitor's Center Rock Room

November 7, 2015 from 10am to 3pm
Stop dreaming and start playing guitar right away! Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!, as seen by millions on PBS, CBS & NBC, will be presented live at Red Rocks Amphitheater (Denver) on 11/7.  Marlene Hutchinson will share her 1 day workshop designed for busy adults who want to learn to play guitar, but don't have time for weekly lessons.See More
Aug 20
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Learn musical terminology. It's helpful to understand basic musical terms (i.e. Time Signatures, flats, sharps) ~ it's sort of like the rules to a game!Play on...Marlene7 Common Musical TermsTime Signature - refers to the count of the songTempo - the speed of the song (i.e. slow, medium, fast)Note names - the first 7 letters of the alphabet; A, B, C, D, E, FNote - a single pitchChord - two or more pitches (notes) played togetherFlat - a…See More
Aug 20
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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Try this 3-2-1 practice concept.  Pinpoint 3 easy skills that are 5 minutes or less each (i.e. chord progressions), Choose 2 easy-to-moderate tasks (i.e. strumming or a simple song), Identify 1 moderate-to-difficult skill/song that you can finish in 15 minutes ~ this could be your countdown to success!Play on...Marlenewww.marlenesmusic.comAs Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC2014 Player's Choice Award nomineeSee More
Aug 13
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Take your guitar with you on your vacation, even if you're flying to get there. Your guitar can go with you on a commercial flight and it can be your carry-on item (my preference) or checked, either way your guitar can make the trip too ~ so don't leave home without it!  .Play on...Marlene P.S. Click here…See More
Aug 6
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Expand your guitar knowledge. It can be helpful and it's fun to learn as much as you can about the instrument you're playing, for instance you can read this brief history about guitar, go to a museum with a guitar exhibit or tour a guitar factory ~ become not just a guitar player, but a guitar expert!Play on...Marlene"I am still learning"Michelangelo, at age 87…See More
Jul 30
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

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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
Jul 23
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

What's your playing style? We all have a style, a favorite way of playing, perhaps it's even a blend of the various styles (see basic guitar style descriptions below & try this fun Guitar Style Quiz), and knowing your playing style can help with song choices and skill advancements ~ you've got guitar style, so know and own it!
Play on...
Marlene
Basic Guitar…
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Posted on August 27, 2015 at 10:56am

Thursday "tip"

Learn musical terminology. It's helpful to understand basic musical terms (i.e. Time Signatures, flats, sharps) ~ it's sort of like the rules to a game!
Play on...
Marlene
7 Common Musical Terms
Time Signature - refers to the count of the song
Tempo - the speed of the song (i.e. slow, medium, fast)
Note names - the first 7 letters of the…
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Posted on August 20, 2015 at 9:49am

Thursday "tip"

Try this 3-2-1 practice concept.  Pinpoint 3 easy skills that are 5 minutes or less each (i.e. chord progressions), Choose 2 easy-to-moderate tasks (i.e. strumming or a simple song), Identify 1 moderate-to-difficult skill/song that you can finish in 15 minutes ~ this could be your countdown to success!
Play on...
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Posted on August 13, 2015 at 10:20am

Thursday "tip"

Take your guitar with you on your vacation, even if you're flying to get there. Your guitar can go with you on a commercial flight and it can be your carry-on item (my preference) or checked, either way your guitar can make the trip too ~ so don't leave home without it!  .

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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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