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April 2012 Blog Posts (28)

YouTube Channels to Check-out !

I thought members might like to check out the following YouTube Channels for some guitar playing and tunes:

Mike C. Martin:

Steve J McWilliam:

Kieran Fish:…


Added by Steve J. McWilliam on April 29, 2012 at 8:56am — No Comments

Music is a journey...

Music is a journey...

rests and stops along the way

between passages of some beauty

or through some discordant dissarray.


Diminished, simply a way to get from A to B.


Minor obstacles for major gain,


Natural E.

- Phil Manuel, April 2012


Added by Phil Manuel on April 28, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Use a key winder when changing your strings. It will make changing your strings a faster experience and let's face it...the quicker we can get back to playing the better ~ plus it's a cool gadget!
Play on...

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 26, 2012 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

To Buy American Or Not - That is the Question

     For those of us who live in the United States, this is a question of nearly-endless debate.  There are those who believe American-made guitars are always better; and, conversely, that guitars made in China are invariably inferior.  Others believe one should choose a guitar based on sound and price alone, ignoring where it's made.  Some folks are virtually married to a particular manufacturer and wouldn't consider buying anything else.  To still others it's an ideological thing; they…


Added by Mark Baker on April 26, 2012 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

On Guitars and Wives

     I hear guys who play guitar complain about their wives' lack of understanding of their gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) all the time. Seriously, how many times have you heard a guy say, "I'd love to have that guitar, if only I can get it past the wife"? I've even said it myself a time or two in the past. If your wife doesn't play, she may not understand why you need (or want) more than one guitar, because they all seem the same to her. Add to that the cost (the guitars I like to buy…


Added by Mark Baker on April 25, 2012 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Spike Driver Blues...

Walking around Loose Park, with my Seagull Grand Artist.  Found a nice shade tree just above the little duck pond.  Started playing on the parlor guitar.  After a bit, I tuned it to Open G, and an old friend of mine, Olestale Sox appeared taking the guitar from my hands.  I had my Tascam DP-008 ready as he began to play his version of "Spike Driver Blues".  I couldn't record all of it, as my batteries went south on me.  At any rate got a fair portion of the song recorded.

You just…


Added by Phil Manuel on April 24, 2012 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Guitar at Work - Week 9 - Ear Training

Would you like to improve your ability to recognize intervals and be able to learn songs by ear? Read my post to learn about some tools you can use that will help:

Added by Nic Lubbers on April 23, 2012 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Guitar at Work - Week 8 - Visualization to Improve Music Memorization

Looking for ways to improve your ability to memorize music? Preparing for a show and want to make sure you have your songs down? If you haven't tried visualization or practicing mentally, give it a try. Read how here:

Added by Nic Lubbers on April 23, 2012 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Love for Sale

Clip of me playing with singer Olivia Ennemoser, supporting British Jazz Singer Tina May at the Errigal Arts Festival, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Added by Fingerpickingguitar on April 23, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments

Deep Ellum Blues...

Another test of the Tascam DP-008, MXL v67g, and MXL v67n microphones I'm using. Playing my Martin HD-28 on this track, which I recorded in 'performance mode' - meaning I recorded both vocal and guitar at the same time, so what is being recorded is my 'coffeehouse performance'.  I think recording in this way helps me to clean up my performance and prepare for that first coffeehouse open mic

Still a lot to learn, but I'm having fun.  It just taking me too long to get a track recorded,…


Added by Phil Manuel on April 22, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Basics for Home Recording...

First, I'm no expert, but in the short time I've had my portable multi-track recorder, I've picked up some advice, and learned some lessons along the way.  I'm still trying to tie all of it together, but my memory being what it is, and life being what it is, I decided to put a 1-page summary of things to keep in mind while I travel down this home recording path.

One thing I'll say, it's a lot of work to record right, and I really respect those musicians and engineers that produce such…


Added by Phil Manuel on April 21, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Españoleta - Classical Guitar - Gaspar Sanz


Added by Samuel Ramos on April 20, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Polish your guitar a couple of times each year to keep the wood and finish on your guitar happy!  Polish will not only maintain the look of your guitar, but the wood will remain in better condition ~ a happy guitar is a good sounding guitar!!
Play on...

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 19, 2012 at 10:07am — No Comments

Mountain Guitar

I have a Mountain Guitar Model W-150. Good condition and plays great. I am wanting to sell it. Any advice would be helpful.

Added by Paul Stringer on April 16, 2012 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

Thanks to My Wife...

You know, it's hard enough to justify buying a guitar over 1k, let alone come up with the cash to do it.  If you have a wife, and children, there are just so many other ways to spend your money, like school, paying bills, fixing the house, and on and on...  So, I feel pretty blessed when it comes to having a wife who is an artist.  She understands the 'needs' of artists well.  So, when it came to taking some savings to buy my Martin guitar, she just smiled and said, "Well, you've been…


Added by Phil Manuel on April 16, 2012 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

Eric Skye improvises Autumn Leaves with Walking Bass

In March 2012 I attended a very useful and interesting guitar workshop taught by fingerstyle jazz guitarist, teacher and composer Eric Skye. The focus of the workshop was on how to arrange songs for fingerstyle guitar.

But what caugth my eye (and ears) was a walking bass comping version of Autumn Leaves with interesting chord progression of minor 9th in the middle. Eric allowed me to record that fragment on video and publish it on YouTube.…


Added by VB on April 14, 2012 at 11:56pm — No Comments

First Take using the Tascam DP-008....

Recorded a demo made with my Tascam DP-008.  It's my version of "Casey's Blues" aka "Casey Jones".  It's just me and the Seagull Grand Artist parlor. The recording, in keeping with true 'field recordings' includes our cat Tiger singing along.

Added by Phil Manuel on April 14, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Martin HD-28 is home!!!

After a 45 year long-distance love affair with Martin guitars, I've finally become a Martin owner. The guitar of one of my dreams, the HD-28 is now mine.  I played it at Mass Street Music in Lawrence last Saturday and knew it was one of the best guitars I had ever played.  Almost, bought one from Guitar Center, but…


Added by Phil Manuel on April 13, 2012 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

Thursday "tip"

Warm up before you play with simple wrist, hand and shoulder/neck stretching, then chord progressions. When you warm up before you play you'll find that your music will flow better ~ better flow means more beautiful songs!
Play on...
Facebook: Marlene's Music
Twitter: @marlenesmusic

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 12, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments

What dreams may come... and go...

Well, almost became an HD-28 owner, actually had it on layaway.  Looking at it again made me think - why am I buying this one new when it looks so used?  Yes, it sounded great, but there were a lot, I mean, a lot of scratches on the sides and back from folks 'testing' it out.  The more I thought about it, coupled with an unexpected new electrical problem at home, made me decide to cancel it, get a refund - which was good, and re-think it all.  I can't fault Guitar Center, as the folks were…


Added by Phil Manuel on April 11, 2012 at 8:26am — 8 Comments

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