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Thursday Tip

Never stop learning about guitars. The value you gain as a musician grows when you learn about your instrument, so read a magazine with articles about guitar construction or visit a guitar repair shop or tour a factory (click here and you can take a "tour" right now!) ~ guitar knowledge = a better guitarist!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 3, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Try playing a Thanksgiving song today. There are a few to choose from like Over The River and Through The Woods and this beautiful song by Johnny Cash called Thanksgiving Prayer , you can even play along with Johnny using this version (click here ) of the lyrics with the chords ~ it's thankfulness put to…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 26, 2015 at 9:33am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Use a footrest to help your seated guitar posture/positioning. Sometimes it's helpful to elevate your leg to support your guitar and a footrest is an easy solution ~ it can give you a real leg up on your guitar playing!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 19, 2015 at 8:25am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Learn "7th" guitar chords. A seventh chord (i.e. D7, E7, A7, etc) is often used as a passing chord, it prepares the listener to move onto the next chord, and is constructed by including a root note, a 3rd note, a 5th note and then adding the 7th note of the major scale ~ it's (guitar) seventh heaven! 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 12, 2015 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

Thursday Tip

Weather changes can effect a guitar.  With the weather getting cooler and heaters going on humidity levels can drop, so try to keep the humidity level at a constant 45-55% by using a humidifier click here ~ stay warm, but keep your guitar happy!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 5, 2015 at 9:41am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Learn ways to ease/soothe sore fingertips. When you play guitar It's normal to feel soreness at the tips of your fingers, it's sort of a "right of passage" to playing guitar, and here are 5 ways you can give your fingers a little TLC ~  less soreness = more playing!

 

1. Lower the action on your guitar (the distance that the strings are raised off the guitar neck)

2. Ice your fingers…

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 29, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

69N-20 Martin Classical

Anyone out there got some pictures to post up as to the bracing pattern of a N-20 for the sound board and back along with any measurements internally and wood used? huge THANKS

I am new and just feeling my way onto the site so please excuse any woops I make!!!!-Rob

Added by Rob Boucher on October 21, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Christmas came early!

I've enjoyed working with wood ever since I took woodworking in High School. I've made a water pump lamp, end table, bookcase, hope chest and audio component cabinet through the years. When work interfered with my ability to spend time on this hobby it took a back seat. I continued to work with wood but only in construction.

For some time now I've contemplated buying a kit and trying my hand at making an acoustic guitar. I did a lot of research and see that it takes lots of time,…

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Added by Terry Angelli on October 17, 2015 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

The changing leaves are a good reminder to change your strings. Your guitar strings should be changed (as demonstrated here by Taylor Guitars and Martin Guitar) about every 6 months +/- and the seasons are a good reminder or simply look at your guitar strings for signs of aging ~ change is in the air!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 15, 2015 at 10:17am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

It can be handy to have an internet resource for chords. You may need to look up a chord either because it's new or because you would like to find an optional way to play that chord and the internet can make it super simple like this website http://chordfind.com/ ~ resources at your fingertips, for your fingertips!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 8, 2015 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Learn about the nuts and bolts of an acoustic guitar. For instance the truss rod on a steel string guitar is a metal bar used to stabilize the curvature of the neck and has a bolt to adjust the tension (Click here for a detailed truss rod description) ~ more knowledge = a better guitarist!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 1, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Try playing guitar harmonics, a light bell-like tone. To produce a harmonic sound on your guitar simply play a string while lightly or barely pressing on the string at the fret bar (click here for an AG video lesson) to create a beautiful high pitched sound that can be tough or impossible to reach by playing in the frets ~ guitar harmonics, ring it on!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 24, 2015 at 8:36am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Try to sight read a song. Sight reading is just simply being able to play a song the first time you see it and here are some strategies that might help; look over the entire song first to see the notes/chords and the time signature, try the song with just a basic strum (you can develop the song later) ~ it could be (song) love at first sight!  
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 17, 2015 at 9:49am — No Comments

Acoustic Covers of the 60's & 70's ... check out our Facebook group

If you like Acoustic Covers of the 60's & 70's check out our Facebook group. Great bunch of people - weekly artist spot light and tons of good covers. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1374791896174906/

Added by Terry Dean on September 10, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Know the guitar body size/model that's right for you. There are a few different guitar body sizes and shapes available and each are suitable depending your needs, so review the list below and the photos to scope out your guitar preferences ~ remember, one size does not fit all!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 10, 2015 at 9:02am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Learn something from others, like James Taylor.  All guitarists have a style and James Taylor's style is fingerpicking with chords using embellishment techniques like hammering on, see for yourself in this lesson from James Taylor (note: he modifies A & D to meet his needs) ~ now you can say you learned something  from James Taylor!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 3, 2015 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Need help identifying a '70s Takamine

Always drawn to those vintage Taks I recently picked up one from the early 70's (according to the first owner) which does NOT have a headstock logo but does have a Mount Takamine label inside stating the model to be TF-120(?).  The first digit of the model number is smudged so it could actually be another number altogether.  She's got a 00-size body (all laminate I assume) and plays beautifully.

So here we go.... Can anyone shed some light on this fine instrument??  I couldn't find a…

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Added by Mirock on August 28, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

What's your playing style? We all have a style, a favorite way of playing, perhaps it's even a blend of the various styles (see basic guitar style descriptions below & try this fun Guitar Style Quiz), and knowing your playing style can help with song choices and skill advancements ~ you've got guitar style, so know and own it!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 27, 2015 at 10:56am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Learn musical terminology. It's helpful to understand basic musical terms (i.e. Time Signatures, flats, sharps) ~ it's sort of like the rules to a game!
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7 Common Musical Terms
Time Signature - refers to the count of the song
Tempo - the speed of the song (i.e. slow, medium, fast)
Note names - the first 7 letters of the…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 20, 2015 at 9:49am — No Comments

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