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Thursday "tip"

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!
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Marlene
"I am still learning"
Michelangelo, at age…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 30, 2015 at 2:28pm — No Comments

This years campers night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qarPreyRrWo

Another great week at Western & Swing camp.

Added by Daryl Kosinski on July 28, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

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!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 23, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

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 ~ …
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 16, 2015 at 11:44am — No Comments

Yurosawa acoustic Jullian 150

I just acquired this guitar.  What kind of trouble am I in?  It is in good condition except it's missing the truss rod cover on the headstock.

Added by Thomas Scott on July 13, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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! 
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Marlene
P.S. Don't forget to stop by and see me at…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 9, 2015 at 8:18am — No Comments

Lots going on for Lance Allen

Lots of new youtube fingerstyle guitar videos and blob post on my site. 

Hi Everyone! I hope you're enjoying the first week of July. Here in Nashville, it's raining and thunderstorms everywhere. So I've been busy uploading videos and wanted to show them to you. Especially if you're not a youtube subscriber. These are all finger style guitar songs. And you'll notice that I have tabs for sale for a few of them. First, is my song Us Together. It's a lovely song inspired…

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Added by Lance Allen on July 3, 2015 at 3:05pm — No Comments

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 !!
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Marlene
As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC
2014 Player's Choice Award…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 2, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

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!
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Marlene
P.S. I'll be traveling soon to Colorado (with my guitar) to teach at…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 25, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments

The GAS Rules of Acquisition

I have a few things that drive a guitar purchase for me.

The first but not deciding is aesthetics... Does the guitar call to me and seduce me into picking it up?

and second, Now that I have picked it up, does it feel like it belongs in my arms. Is it comfortable with me...and I with it.

and third and most important, does it sing for me.

Added by Robert Williamson on June 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Internet crashing affecting anyone else?

Hi everyone. I haven't been on site for a while due to being unable to participate in discussions etc which could be due to our beaut internet providers in Australia which is way behind you in USA. Tried from home and from work too! It just kept spinning then crashed? Anyway, I replied to Angela's friend request today and also to an old one of Terry's on local stores so fingers crossed things might be looking up so hoping to being able to join in again, Cheers, Margaret (Adelaide, S.A.) the mad… Continue

Added by Margaret Galbraith on June 21, 2015 at 5:22pm — 6 Comments

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!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 18, 2015 at 6:09pm — No Comments

GOOD OL CHICAGO BLUES HERE I COME...

GOOD OL CHICAGO BLUES HERE I COME...

http://www.reverbnation.com/billyjonesbluez



 …Billy%20Jones%20Bluez

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Added by billy jones bluez on June 17, 2015 at 10:28am — No Comments

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!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 11, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Robert Godin, Live! and in Person!

Today I accidentally Godin.

internet memes aside. Yes. I met Robert Godin serendipitously today.

He was in the Steve's DDO store introducing the new rep and his right hand man (RHM henceforth) (both names I did not catch) The manager, Gilles,   introduced me to Mr Godin as a huge Seagull fan. I had too many questions to think of taking a pic.

My first question was 'Where are the Concert Halls". He told me they…

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Added by Robert Williamson on June 9, 2015 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Inlay Stickers (Good, Bad or Ugly?)

Inlay Stickers seem to be everywhere now. Even major manufactures like Martin and Godin  are using stickers in lieu of wood, abalone and mother of pearl inlays, especially for Rosettes . Lower cost guitars are embellished with stylized fret markers that look like pearl inlay.  There are even some manufactures that use stickers instead of spray- painting a Sunburst finish! …

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Added by Robert Williamson on June 9, 2015 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

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!
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Marlene
As Seen On PBS, CBS,…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 4, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Prevent slippery strings by wiping with a soft cloth.  Sometimes while playing we accumulate perspiration and natural finger oils on our strings and our fingers slip, especially when trying to manage chords, so simply stop your playing momentarily, wipe your strings and then continue to play ~ don't sweat it, just wipe your strings!
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Marlene…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 28, 2015 at 9:52am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Play guitar because it makes you happy!  Studies have shown that the brain's reaction to playing guitar can be significant; you release dopamine, reverse the body's response to stress and lower blood pressure ~  so play your guitar and get "Happy"!

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Marlene…



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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 21, 2015 at 1:52pm — No Comments

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