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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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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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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

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=39882800

JazzSLC Concert Series at the Capitol Theatre
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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

It's the Time of the Season for.. humidity control

While it is still a bit too early to put away your Cool Air Humidifiers, you should make sure you have clean evaporator and air filters ready on hand to put in them before you pack them away. Never pack away a humidifier with calcified filters!

The next few weeks will see days when the humidifiers are not running. Don't be lulled into complacency. You may need the De-Humidifier sooner than you expect. Make sure the air filters of the De-humidifier are clean…

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Added by Robert Williamson on March 28, 2016 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

With new songs, work on the weakest hand first.  When playing a new song it's a good idea to work on the left hand (fretting hand) skills first because it's often the weakest hand and needs more time to get oriented to the fingerings and movements (i.e. chord transitioning) ~ just think, with some fret "workouts" your song will work out!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 24, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments

DIY Guitar Case Storage

Some may recall my pictures of 5 cases stored in the floor space of two in the Blog entry Guitar Case Storage

Well now I have 7 guitars, 2 mandolin and a banjo case, with a Jumbo and Parlour case on order. Time to expand the storage. I tried to design for the floor space of 5 dread guitar cases. The actual finished product won't hold 5 dread cases per shelf due to running out of a…

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Added by Robert Williamson on March 23, 2016 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

O'Thursday O'Tip

Play songs relating to a theme or holiday.  Since it's St. Patrick's Day, try playing this Irish song called Galway Girl (here are the words & chords, and this is the song in case you're not familiar with it) ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 17, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

DIY Guitar Strap Lock

Here in Canada we have Milk Bags

They are closed with clips similar to those on Bread. The difference is that they are twice as thick and do not break easily.…

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Added by Robert Williamson on March 14, 2016 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Day 4

I've been trying some of my old Double-Dropped D on D-standard  compositions  on the Baritone. Dropping 1st and 6th results in baritone tuning of AEADF#A.  Some of tunes were very effective, some missed the highs they needed so didn't sound as good as i would like. A baritone/guitar duet would work, I think,.

Overall, it works well as a replacement for the S6!

Vocally, tunes like More Than Words, Girl, Last Thing on my mind, which all required very high capoing on a…

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Added by Robert Williamson on March 12, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Learn about the science of your guitar sounds a.k.a. resonance.  Resonance: noun ~ is the quality in a sound being deep, full and reverberating, and acoustic guitar resonance is the science of the guitar body's ability to reflect the vibrating air (i.e. Helmholtz Resonance) ~ so let your good vibrations resonate!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 10, 2016 at 1:45pm — No Comments

The Last, Ever!

SO that was the last new guitar i will ever buy.

(The Alvarez ABT60 Baritone)

Perceptive people will notice the use of the words 'new' and 'buy' and see them as loopholes ;)

Even more perceptive people will notice the word 'guitar' and recall I've bought a banjo and 2 Mandolins and see yet another loophole..

I should have been a lawyer. I think I'm…

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Added by Robert Williamson on March 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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