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Marlene Hutchinson
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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
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Thursday "tip"

Play holiday inspired songs whenever you can.  The holidays are a great time to play songs that are related to the special day/time of year and you'll likely have family and friends who will join in the fun by singing  with you ~ so give this one a whirl...Happy Easter!Play on...Marlenehttp://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/easterparadelyricschords.htmlMarlene's Music…See More
Thursday
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Thursday "tip"

Lowering the "action" on your guitar can make it easier to play.  The "action", the distance between the fingerboard and the string, when set lower makes it easier to press on the strings, making it easier to play ~ this can be done by a guitar technician/repair shop or even yourself ~ easier pressing = better songs!Play on...MarleneP.S. Exciting news...I will be featured on 9News (Denver) this Saturday morning.  I'll be teaching the news anchors to play guitar!  Marlene's Music…See More
Apr 10
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Thursday "tip"

Use baby oil on the neck/fretboard of your guitar.  The wood on the neck of your guitar should be oiled a couple of times per year (do this when the strings are off during string replacement) and it's been recommended by professional guitar techs to use baby oil because it's a lighter oil ~ so go ahead and baby your neck!Play on...Marlene P.S. To oil the neck: put a small amount of oil on a soft cloth, then rub the oil on each fret.  Wait 10 minutes, then wipe off any remaining oil.  You're…See More
Apr 3
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Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center

April 5, 2014 from 10am to 3pm
"Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!" 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=44853&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0See More
Mar 31
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Try practicing in the morning.  If you're challenged to fit time in your busy day for guitar playing, then try getting up a little earlier and play in the morning ~ it's a great way to fit in some practice time and a fantastic way to start the day... "the early bird catches the guitar strings!!!"Play on...Marlene   Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.com"Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!"As Seen on ~ PBS, CBS & KCal 9Nominated for 2014 Player's Choice…See More
Mar 27
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Play an easy song as a warm up to your practice time.  A song that you "own", one that is simple for you to play and enjoyable, is a great way to get your fingers warmed up for the more challenging skills that you are going to be practicing, plus your mind will feel relaxed too ~ happy fingers and mind = a great practice session!Play on...Marlene Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.com"As Seen On" ~ PBS, CBS & KCal 9See More
Mar 20
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

When you're playing, try to keep in mind that you're telling a story with your songs.  We use the tones, notes, chords, rhythmn, volume and vocals to express feelings or thoughts within our songs, so be sure to give focus to meaning of your music, not just the mechanics of the song ~ are you feelin' it?!Play on...Marlene Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.com"As Seen On"  ~ PBS, CBS & KCal 9See More
Mar 13
Marlene Hutchinson commented on Marlene Hutchinson's blog post Thursday "tip"
"Great idea!  I've not heard of this before and making it easier to turn the pages will make the songs flow better. I'm gonna give it a try! Play on... Marlene"
Mar 7
Harris Coe commented on Marlene Hutchinson's blog post Thursday "tip"
"I've started taking my song books to one of the office supply companies and having them spiral bound. They cut off the spine and bind. Costs about 4 bucks. Easier to turn pages."
Mar 7
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Tune your guitar without a tuner and then check to see how you did.  It's a fun challenge to try tuning your guitar without the aid of a tuner, that is simply by the sound you think each string should have, and then check your tuning savvy by using your tuner to see how close you were ~ knowing each string sound makes us better guitarists!Play on...Marlene Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.com"As seen on": PBS, CBS & KCal 9See More
Mar 6
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Have your guitar checked if you're getting string "buzzing".  The neck may need to be adjusted, or the fret bars could be a little high, or the nut might need to be changed, or it could be the type of strings you're using...what ever the cause a trained guitar repair specialist can get it corrected easily ~ clear tones = rockin' songs!Play on...Marlene Marlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.com(949) 689-8519"As Seen On" ~ PBS, CBS & KCal 9…See More
Feb 27
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Organize your printed songs/music in a binder.  Taking the time to put all your songs in a book (in sheet protectors) and additionally alphabetizing them will make your playing time more enjoyable because of the ease of being able to find your songs ~ a sense of order in your music = sense of order in your playing!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.com(949) 689-8519"As Seen On" ~ PBS, KCal 9, CBSSee More
Feb 20
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Write a song that expresses something in your life.  Start with either writing the words (lyrics) or create the a tune by humming something that you like & write down the chords or notes that fit what you're humming, then put them together ~ viola, you've written a song!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comSee More
Feb 13
Marlene Hutchinson posted a blog post

Thursday "tip"

Learn every part of a song.  Sometimes we want to focus on the solo part of a song or just the chords, but it's best to learn the entire song with all it's parts, you'll find it's easier to memorize and perform ~ knowing all parts = the sum total of a great song!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.com See More
Feb 6
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Thursday "tip"

Play your guitar frequently to "break in" the wood. An acoustic guitar sounds better over time with frequent playing because you're actually loosening the wood fibers which helps your guitar vibrate more easily ~ so play away to loosen those wood fibers!Play on...MarleneMarlene's Musicwww.marlenesmusic.comFacebook: Marlene's MusicTwitter:…See More
Jan 16

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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

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Thursday "tip"

Play holiday inspired songs whenever you can.  The holidays are a great time to play songs that are related to the special day/time of year and you'll likely have family and friends who will join in the fun by singing  with you ~ so give this one a whirl...Happy Easter!
Play on...
Marlene…
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Posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:35am

Thursday "tip"

Lowering the "action" on your guitar can make it easier to play.  The "action", the distance between the fingerboard and the string, when set lower makes it easier to press on the strings, making it easier to play ~ this can be done by a guitar technician/repair shop or even yourself ~ easier pressing = better songs!
Play on...
Marlene
P.S. Exciting news...I will be featured on 9News (Denver) this Saturday morning.  I'll be teaching the news anchors to play…
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Posted on April 10, 2014 at 9:17am

Thursday "tip"

Use baby oil on the neck/fretboard of your guitar.  The wood on the neck of your guitar should be oiled a couple of times per year (do this when the strings are off during string replacement) and it's been recommended by professional guitar techs to use baby oil because it's a lighter oil ~ so go ahead and baby your neck!
Play on...
Marlene
 
P.S. To oil the neck: put a small amount of oil on a soft cloth, then rub the oil on each fret.  Wait 10…
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Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:54am

Thursday "tip"

Try practicing in the morning.  If you're challenged to fit time in your busy day for guitar playing, then try getting up a little earlier and play in the morning ~ it's a great way to fit in some practice time and a fantastic way to start the day... "the early bird catches the guitar strings!!!"
Play on...
Marlene
 
 
 
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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 10:33am

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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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