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Re-learning Compositions

For the past few months i have been re-learning some unfinished compositions that I "wrote" some years ago. I quote "wrote" because, although I composed them and recording a rough cut, I never wrote the Tab or music.  The problem for me with compositions as opposed to songs with lyrics, I had no record of key, tuning or capo. It was relatively difficult for me to remember HOW I played a tune. Even with the melody coming back, the tone wasn't. I really needed to…

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Added by Robert Williamson on May 20, 2016 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

GigBags

With my purchase last week of a hardshell case for my Baritone, i now have hardshell or Tric cases for all 12 of my stringed instruments.

Now, I have an empty GigBag.

Previously, I used the GigBag to transport guitars to dealer for hardshell case fitting. Now it has no purpose. What could I possibly use it for?

 :-/

.... sheet music and lyrics?  ???

.... a cuddly sweater?  (zzz)

.... a collection of Tony K's best one-liners? … :P

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Added by Robert Williamson on May 20, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Make a plan to visit a music/guitar museum. There are some really cool museums around the United States (click here for a list of museums), so try to check out one near you or make a special trip, you'll gain an interesting perspective on guitars and music, which ultimately helps your guitar playing ~…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 19, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments

D'Addario Humiditrak

If I was the kind of person who left their guitars idle in their cases ( Bob's Mantra: A Guitar in a Case is a Guitar Unplayed) you would think that I would use a system similar to this monitoring system with the addition of Humidpaks.

But not this one.

D'Addario Humiditrak…

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Added by Robert Williamson on May 17, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

I wonder..will all 12 guitar cases fit on edge in the deep truck of my Elantra?

I wonder..will all 12 guitar cases fit on edge in the deep truck of my Elantra?

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Added by Robert Williamson on May 15, 2016 at 5:47am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Anticipate your chord change for a smoother song. Thinking ahead to the next transition can help to eliminate the "choppy" nature of a song; helpful hints can be to recognize simple ways to move on (i.e. Am to C is just moving the 3rd finger) and anticipating the change by sound as explained in this video ~ I foresee smoother transitions ahead!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 12, 2016 at 3:51pm — No Comments

The First (Addendum)

While searching my tool chest for a file clamp to fix a knock-off fret rocker, I came across this.

It is a…

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Added by Robert Williamson on May 12, 2016 at 5:49am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

When you have a challenge with a new song, go back to the basics. For instance many of us fumble a bit with the transitions within a song (mainly because we just want to rock the song instantly!), so take a step back and work through the chord/note changes, slowly first, then faster and then try the song again ~ soon you'll basically be playing your song!
Play on...
Marlene
Changing the world, one guitar string at a time…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 5, 2016 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Everyting that is old is new again.

I recently was offered an opportunity to sit in with an acoustic band. I readily accepted and had a blast! These fellows were a fun bunch and very entertaining. They apparently liked what they heard because they asked me if I would care to join them on two more gigs!

Those engagements went off as well as the first one but the sound was a bit cluttered with three guitars. I offered to play bass on another gig since I still enjoy picking it up now and then. The proposal was warmly…

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Added by Terry Angelli on April 30, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Acoustic Guitar Basics

The initial move toward figuring out how to play acoustic guitar is to create certainty and to demolish that "I can't do it" attitude. Your greatest obstruction in your acoustic guitar playing is not going to be cash, time, or the nonattendance of a decent instructor. The greatest deterrent will be you. You are the cause all your own problems. When you figure out how to tame the pessimism inside, you will be that much nearer to turning into a decent acoustic guitar…

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Added by Kyle Hols on April 29, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 28, 2016 at 9:24am — No Comments

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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Marlene…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 21, 2016 at 3:05pm — No Comments

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!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 14, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

Tuner Button Replacements

https://www.allparts.com/buttons

http://www.wdmusic.com/replacement_tuner_buttons.html

Amongst the replacement buttons, there are a few that are more bling than others. Those that emulate precious stones or pearls, …

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Added by Robert Williamson on April 13, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Retiring The Irreplaceable S6

It is time to admit to myself that I have unconsciously retired the S6. Despite 16 years of joy and wear and tear, I find I am playing my other guitars much more and very very rarely picking up the S6. The N.E.Amber Trails has become my "main" guitar, despite the vast difference in tone between cedar/cherrywood and spruce/maple.

I had spent some time trying new S6's, including the 'Original' and the CH. But neither the wild cherry nor the cedar used is the same in either look or tone.…

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Added by Robert Williamson on April 9, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

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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Marlene…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 7, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

Frank Vignola and Friends Concert in Salt Lake City on 5/16/2016 at 7:30pm

JazzSLC Concert Series at the Capitol Theatre
Season Finale – Guitar Spectacular
Monday, May 16, 2016 in Salt Lake City at…
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Added by Thorell Guitars on March 31, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

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!
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Marlene…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 31, 2016 at 3:04pm — No Comments

DIY Guitar Case Storage Part 3

After I removed all the cases...soooo many cases.....

I proceed to remove the obstructions with my handy Japanese saw.…

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Added by Robert Williamson on March 30, 2016 at 11:16am — 2 Comments

DIY Guitar Case Storage Part 2

Using recovered wood puts constraints on a design that can be very aggravating. In my case the width of slats used for the cradle were the perfect width, but making a secure structure shrunk the usable width.  (See Part 1 : DIY Guitar Case Storage )

The problem areas.…

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Added by Robert Williamson on March 30, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

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