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March 2012 Blog Posts (16)

New Welsh Guitar site

I am creating a YouTube (link) performance archive of music for folk guitar that spotlights Welsh folk melodies, all of which originate from rare published or unpublished 17th-19th century collections. The guitar is Mario Casella, Catania, Sicily, c.1915, an 'early romantic' style instrument, based on a François René Lacote design, Paris, 1862; African mahogany sides, German spruce top.…

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Added by Chris Grooms on March 29, 2012 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Keep your capo (a clamp for your strings that changes the pitch) handy, like in your case or on the head of your guitar. Then you can easily play your songs with the capo on various frets and voila...you've now given yourself options to the pitch of your song ~ variety is the spice of guitar playing!!
Play on...
Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 29, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Raising money for my new acoustic CD through Kickstarter.com

I wanted to let you know I’ve launched a fundraising campaign to finance my new CD through a great website called Kickstarter.com. I am trying raise $6000 in 29 days to pay for the production on this acoustic project. Anything you can donate, no matter how large or small is appreciated. I have many levels of thank you gifts that are a small token of my great appreciation for donations.



This project’s working title is “Just Like Home.” The album has a stripped down feel that…

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Added by Adam Traum on March 27, 2012 at 8:34pm — No Comments

The Incredible Rock City Band

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL50060B88ED577BD4

...in the early 80's american bluesman Billy Jones was the lead guitarist for an outstanding group of touring musicians who called themselves 'The Incredible Rock City Band'. ...this song is taken from…

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Added by billy jones bluez on March 26, 2012 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Where are all the G+ pages?

I've started to take advice about how to build up activity on Google+, which I would like to do not just for its own sake but because I think I'm really digging the UI and I'd like to keep working on it.

So I create a circle for guitar stuff - luthiers, manufacturers, other companies or individuals that might have a G+ presence --  and I head back to the search box to look for guitar pages.  And I find some.

But the're by and large empty.  Or at least devoid of…

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Added by Jim McHie on March 24, 2012 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Wipe your guitar and strings down with a soft cloth after you play ~ each and every time.  You will help your strings last longer and the body/neck will be fingerprint and dust free ~ "Love your guitar and it will love you!"
Play on...
Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 22, 2012 at 8:45pm — No Comments

The Voice Of Limelight - Meet Gaëlle Buswel Live

Arcticle initially posted on my Facebook page, The Acoustic Corner.

Photos by Mathilde Lacazette.…





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Added by Pascal Proust on March 21, 2012 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Guitar at Work - Week 4 - Finger Independence

If you haven't read my post on the arpeggio picking exercise, it will help you understand this post a little better. The exercises for this week can be applied to both the fretting and picking hand to improve finger independence. As with the arpeggio exercise, this involves tapping or plucking either a desk, leg, or an solid surface but with different patterns. If you're practicing with your picking hand, make your finger…

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Added by Nic Lubbers on March 19, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Thursday "tip"

Change your strings about every 6 months (or sooner if you play a lot each day).  Your best sounding chords, riffs and songs will come from playing on fresh strings ~ new strings = vibrant guitar sounds!
Play on...
Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 15, 2012 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Guitar at Work - Week 3 - Finger Stretching for your Fretting Hand

Looking for a way to improve the number of frets your fingers can reach at the same time? This week I'll show you how I stretch my fingers so I can play notes that are more than four frets apart, and you can do this anywhere! Read more here: 

http://www.acousticfingerstylemusic.com/finger-stretching-for-your-fretting-hand/

Added by Nic Lubbers on March 12, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Trim your nails about every 3-4 days for your best sounding guitar music. Being able to press hard on our finger tips is nearly impossible with long nails ~ further the nails on our dominant hand grow the fastest and since both our hands "dominate", trim away!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 8, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

Guitar at Work - Week 2 - Picking Hand Arpeggio Exercise

Having trouble learning to play arpeggios with your picking hand? This week I'm going to show you an exercise I came up with when I first started playing fingerstyle. At the time, I found it hard to play arpeggios in a p-i-m-a pattern. My fingers just weren't coordinated enough so they all just wanted to pluck all of the strings at the same time. That's why I came up with this exercise to help train my fingers to do what I wanted them to do. This is something you can do on just about any…

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Added by Nic Lubbers on March 5, 2012 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Connected?

Driving through the storms yesterday, I had plenty of time to think and I guess reminisce. One of the songs from Pink Floyd's the Wall came on the radio and it took me back in time. Gotta love it when that happens. It always amazes me when someone in a different country, of a different age, can write a song and it feels like it was written for you. Roger Waters to me, is a brilliant, gifted, troubled, angry man. Kind of unsettles me that his music, more accurately, his words connect with me.…

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Added by Mike on March 3, 2012 at 10:17am — No Comments

Thursday "tip" on Friday ~ oops!!!

Got sore fingers?  Try soaking your fingers in a solution of 50% water/50% vinegar (i.e. like 1/2 a cup of each) before and after you play.  It will relieve some of the soreness and inflammation from pressing hard on those strings ~ which I call a "good problem"! 
Play on...
Marlene
 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 2, 2012 at 11:27am — No Comments

Wrapped up Midwest Touring

Well we just wrapped up a weekend of some Midwest touring that consisted of two shows in Iowa and one in Kearney, Nebraska…someone please remind me never to go back there! It’s amazing how every time I leave Chicago and drive somewhere this winter I manage to pick the snowstorm days! We apparently have had this mild winter, which is true, but somehow or another the day I decide leave for touring it has snow-stormed every time.  The First show…

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Added by Brandon McHose on March 1, 2012 at 10:10pm — No Comments

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