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May 2012 Blog Posts (26)

Thursday "tip"

"Crush" your guitar weaknesses (we all have them).  Here's the secret...first and foremost, enjoy your guitar playing victories, then keep attacking the weak points/challenges in your playing ~ before you know it you'll be celebrating another victory!
Play on...
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 31, 2012 at 10:51am — No Comments

Weak and weary...

Well, just returned from a short vacation to San Antonio, TX last week. Nice area, but oh so humid. Lots to do and see, though, and we had a fantastic time. I'll tell you this though, the River Walk area is really not all that! Expensive restaurants, and the canal ride is not really my cup of tea. We really didn't see to much going on in the way of acoustic music in the downtone SA area. Of course, we don't live there, or have a guide, so maybe we missed it.

We did venture out to… Continue

Added by Phil Manuel on May 29, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

"Into The Mystic"

I just added my own version of the Van Morrison song "Into The Mystic" to my page here. Any feedback is appreciated.

Added by Jeff Lustick on May 24, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Listen to more music for inspiration and to find new skills to try. Hearing the music of bands you enjoy can be a motivating force, plus you'll find new techniques you want to emulate ~ the more music you're exposed to, the better guitar player you'll become!
Play on...

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 24, 2012 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Vintage Sennheiser MD416-U microphone found...

I was rummaging through stuff trying to find something or another, and lo and behold I found my old microphone used back in the day, a Sennheiser MD416-U dynamic cardiod. …


Added by Phil Manuel on May 21, 2012 at 10:02am — No Comments

Playing around with D minor tuning...

Listening to Skip James version of "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues" and the version that Chris Thomas King did in the film "Oh, Brother..." inspired me to give this tuning another try.  I used it before many years ago, but just couldn't get into the groove of it.  Today, though, it's a different story.  Some folks play this tune in open D, and it does sound pretty good, but I think the tune in Open D minor gives it some extra texture and more of a bluesy feel.

Now, I do like Chris…


Added by Phil Manuel on May 20, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Brazillian Rosewood Yari YW800G...

Here's a pic and link to see more pics of this Yairi YW800G current bid US $987.79, with 2 days left to bid.…


Added by Phil Manuel on May 18, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Baking/Cooking Your Tops

I build in a part of Canada that has dramatic changes in humidity throughout the year.  This has caused me some trouble when building.  It forced me to invest in some major climate control in my shop.  This way I could maintain a consistent humidity while building.  However, I find it difficult to determine the moisture content of a top and simply use "time" since I got the wood to judge whether or not it is worthy to build with yet. 

I recently started exploring the topic and found…


Added by Darren Forbes on May 17, 2012 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Stock up on strings when you can.  Guitar strings have a long "shelf life" because they are sealed in their packaging from the manufacturer, so go ahead and get a few sets when you find a good sale ~ you can never have enough strings!
Play on...
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 17, 2012 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Recording King

Does anybody happen to own a Recording King Guitar? The one I'm interested in in particular is a very good knock off of a Gibson j45. Can"t find a dealer or anyone that owns one

Added by Richard Rambler on May 16, 2012 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

Guitar at Work - Week 12 - Learn Music Theory

This is a biiiiiiig step from last week but is very helpful in learning and writing songs. This week you can start on your journey to learning music theory. Read more here:

Added by Nic Lubbers on May 16, 2012 at 5:11am — No Comments

Guitar at Work - Week 11 - Reading Tabs

This probably should have been toward the beginning of this series but oh well, here it is. If you don’t know how to read tabs (tabulature) yet, learn now. Read the full post at:

Added by Nic Lubbers on May 16, 2012 at 5:10am — No Comments

Guitar at Work - Week 10 - Listen to New and Different Music

I'm a bit behind so I'm going to blast three blog posts today!

This week's tip won't directly improve your guitar playing, but it can help improve your ability to write music. Stretch your mind by listening to new and different music.

Added by Nic Lubbers on May 16, 2012 at 5:08am — No Comments


Caught a matinée performance of "Once" recently on Broadway, the most Tony-nominated show of 2012, with its acoustic guitar-heavy score, set, and book.  What a great show!  Think Irish Sesiun with a contemporary edge.  Even as the audience files in for the show, the actors - all musicians - are on stage…


Added by Acoustic Pickers on May 15, 2012 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Walter Trout asks “Am I my Brother’s Keeper?”

Blues and Faith

Rampant individualism and obsession with national and personal interests have robbed us of the gift of community, of looking out for each other. Walter Trout in his new album Blues for the Modern Daze asks “Am I my brother’s keeper”?

Added by Gary Burnett on May 11, 2012 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

Stills - Just Roll Tape...

I was listening to Stephan Stills' recording "Just Roll Tape" this morning.  I really enjoy listening to bare bones recordings of my favorite performers, and listening to these recordings just gives a great glimpse into the genius and artistry of Stephan Stills. As it happens, there is a really nice article/interview available that was done around the time this recording was being released.  If you haven't listened to the recordings, I highly recommend putting it on your playlist. …


Added by Phil Manuel on May 11, 2012 at 10:37am — 1 Comment


Recent footage of myself and scottish Jazz singer Olivia Ennemoser performing the Carlos Jobim Classic, Corcovado at Cafe tibo, Glasgow

Added by Fingerpickingguitar on May 11, 2012 at 2:46am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Try using a clip-on electronic tuner. It can stay on the headstock of your guitar while you're playing (handy for tuning re-checks) and best of all it is calibrated to "feel" the vibration of the strings, which means you could be in a loud environment & get an accurate tuning ~ good tuning = great songs!
Play on...

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 10, 2012 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Luthier work in the middle of nowhere

In 2009 I officially started a small business for building and repairing guitars. I was enthusiastic and invested heavily in getting things going since all my friends and family thought putting my luthier training to good use would be a rewarding endeavor.  So, I invested...and invested and if it was not for the fact that I had a full-time job as a high school teacher I might have had to give up something drastic like eating or wearing clothes.  I invested a lot and was disappointed to…


Added by Darren Forbes on May 10, 2012 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

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