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Learn all you can about guitars.  Strings, for instance, are made with a core material (wire or nylon) and then wrapped with a material, usually bronze (steel) and silver plated copper (nylon) ~ check out this cool video to be more of a guitar string expert! 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 18, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Have song lyrics ready for your family and friends.  Music is a wonderful way to spend time together and a sing-along is always fun, but most of the time they will only know the first verse of a song or the chorus, so have the words ready for all to join in ~ you'll all have a blast belting out the songs together!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 11, 2014 at 11:06am — No Comments

Frank Vignola's Guitar Spectacular - Workshop and Concert - 1/3/15 in Salt Lake City, Utah - Thorell Guitars

A Look at the Guitarists:

 

FRANK VIGNOLA and VINNY RANIOLO

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Added by Thorell Guitars on December 10, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

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Inspire others to play guitar, a.k.a. don't be a secret guitarist.  When you share with others the fact that you've learned to play guitar and show them how much fun you're having, then you will likely prompt them to want to try and let's face it, we shouldn't be the only ones having all the fun ~ the more guitarists the merrier!!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 4, 2014 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

Thursday "tip"

Sing along with your music to increase memory abilities.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN correspondent and neurologist, recently shared that when you sing you're using your left brain for the words and your right brain for the tune, and let's face it, singing while playing guitar is a great way to keep the song moving ~ so go ahead and belt it out!!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 20, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Songs to Play - Hazy Shade of Winter

Typical Winter day in the heartland, cold and hazy silver grey clouds in the sky. What a perfect day to get the 12-string in my hands to play "Hazy Shade of Winter"! Here's a link to a very good version for you, which includes an accurate tab to the signature riff too.



http://www.heartwoodguitar.com/chords/simon-and-garfunkel-hazy-shade-of-winter/



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Added by Phil Manuel on November 16, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Keep your guitar warm during these cold spells.  Remember as the weather cools our guitars still like 74-76 degrees and 40% humidity, so keep the room temperature comfortable and use a humidifier as the heater can dry the air ~ if you're comfortable, your guitar will be comfortable!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 13, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

A Short Dialogue - Enzo Crotti - Classical Guitar 432 Hz

"A Short Dialogue" is one of my composition for classical guitar, which contains theme and improvisation. It is contained on CD "Some Musical Little Things", along with other tracks recorded at 432 Hz to obtain a sound more relaxing and meditative. You can find my album in my web site and on major online stores.



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Added by Enzo Crotti on November 7, 2014 at 2:01am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

To move quickly from chord to chord eliminate extra movement.   When you eliminate extra movement you're able to move faster, even a nanosecond can make a difference, so you should only be a 1/2' or less away from the strings at all times ~ less movement = quicker chord changes!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 6, 2014 at 10:25am — No Comments

Build Your Dream Guitar in 2015!

Here is your chance to spend 12 days in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains building the guitar of your dreams with renowned luthier Jay Lichty.…

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Added by Jay Lichty on November 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Thursday "tip"

Play songs related to Halloween.  It's fun to change things up a little bit and play songs related to upcoming holidays, like those for Halloween including Monster Mash and Witch Doctor, but I'm sure there are more so seek them out ~ BTW...ham it up with a scary voice too!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 30, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

A New Project ? Guitar Self-Help Book for Beginners

    I teach guitar classes to senior adults at a local retirement center.  Most of my students are over 50 years of age, many of them are in their 60's.  I find that so many of them have physical or emotional hurdles to overcome to even learn to play the guitar as a beginner in the most elementary way. 

   Many of them encounter joint problems in their hands or fingers.  I even had one or two students who had parts of fingers missing from accidents.  There are…

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Added by Bob Wingate on October 23, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

 Don't be afraid to play with guitarists that are better than you.  It might seem a little intimidating to play guitar with someone who seemingly was born with a guitar in their hand, but we can learn skills and techniques that we never dreamed of simply by jamming with them ~ so throw caution to the wind and play with your rocking friends!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 23, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

CAT'S WAIL

  Hello Guitar Friends- 

   I recorded and downloaded this to YouTube a few months ago.  I'd like to get a little more creative on the video, and possibly re-record the tune on a multi-track, but other than that, considering it was recorded with an iPhone (precariously sitting atop my acoustic guitar while I played), it seems to have come…

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Added by Bob Wingate on October 23, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

My Guitar is My Friend

   I'll be honest with you.   I have a Love-Hate relationship with my guitar.   The title of this blog is "My Guitar is My Friend".. and it is..  really.   I love my guitar.  Very much.  If I had to pick one thing that I would take with me, if I were to go to a deserted island.. well, it would probably be one of my guitars.  The second thing(s) would probably be a CD player and a collection of my favorite…

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Added by Bob Wingate on October 23, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Try practicing without looking at the clock.  When you practice and get completely involved and engaged in the music you're working on and the fun you're having, without looking at the clock, you're likely to practice longer than you planned, which of course is a huge benefit to your playing ~ time flies when you're having fun!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 16, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

Fingerstyle Guitar 432 hz - Delicate Blues - Enzo Crotti

"Delicate Blues" is one of my composition for classical guitar, which contains theme and improvisation. It is contained on CD "Some Musical Little Things", along with other tracks recorded at 432 Hz to obtain a sound more relaxing and meditative. You can find my album in the following page and on major online stores.

Check out my new album of classical…

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Added by Enzo Crotti on October 11, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Completely memorize an entire song.  You never know when you"ll be somewhere without your music and want to play guitar or be asked to play guitar, so if you have at least one song (more is good too) memorized you'll be able to play anytime, anywhere ~ be repertoire ready at a moment's notice!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 9, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

How many guitars do you really need?

Years ago my brother-in-law was helping me move. When we were loading my guitars he turned to me and asked, "How many guitars do you need?" I don't have as many guitars abs I'd like, but it seemed strange to have to justify my meager "collection" to anyone. I just smiled.



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Added by Phil Manuel on October 4, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Thursday "tip"

To get good sounding chords, check that you're on your fingertips. Sometimes when fingering our chords we don't even realize that we've rolled our fingertips down on the strings, which causes a muted string sound and increases the likelihood that we'll mute another string ~ so roll up your fingertips and get to playing!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 2, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments

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