If you listen to most pop music, you’ll quickly figure out that it is tonally very simple. It tends to concentrate on tried-and-true chord progressions and, because it’s made to be sold as a product, it really doesn’t stretch anybody’s minds much when they listen to it. That being said, pop music does have its place and it can be worth listening to.
If you’re interested in writing your own music and you want to go off…Continue
Added by Jay Warner on December 30, 2013 at 10:10am — No Comments
Set an attainable guitar goal for 2014. It's helpful to set guitar goals (i.e. a certain song, more chords, bar chords, solos in songs, etc.), so here we go ~ fill in the blank, "In 2014 I'd like to play__________ on my guitar" ~ now get ready to make it happen!
Happy New Year!
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 26, 2013 at 1:01pm — No Comments
Have a book of holiday songs ready for an impromptu sing-along. Holiday favorites with familiar words are great, upbeat songs tend to keep things lively and then it's nice to throw in sentimental/slower tempo songs now and then ~ you never know when a gathering will turn into a sing-along, so be ready for action!
Merry Christmas and
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 19, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments
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Play guitar for your health. Studies have shown that playing a musical insturment lowers blood pressure and relieves stress ~ so play away all your cares!
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 12, 2013 at 7:11pm — No Comments
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Humidify your guitar whenever possible. Keeping the humidity level at a constant 40% is ideal for the wood of our guitars, so keep a guitar humidifier (there are several simple ones out there!) in your case and/or near your guitar ~ 40% humidity = happy wood!
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 5, 2013 at 3:04pm — No Comments
Be thankful for the many songs available to us. We've got a wealth of song resources at our fingertips, thanks to the Internet, like this Thanksgiving favorite Over the River and Through the Woods (link below) ~ as you gather together share your music with family and friends!
Happy Thanksgiving and Play on...
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 28, 2013 at 11:04am — No Comments
Improve your concentration by playing guitar. Your songs/music require you to concentrate on rhythm, pitch, tempo and quality of sound, sharpening your ability to concentrate which is a skill improvement we can use in our day-to-day lives ~ so go ahead and zone in on your music!
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 21, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments
Last week I watched Sarah Jarosz on Austin City Limit's Live Stream. It was a really nice show. I was fortunate to see her perform live a couple of months ago. For her encore on the ACL stream, she came out alone, picked up a guitar, and played Paul Simon's "Kathy's Song". Now, this is a tune from Simon's early days (1965), and he's been quoted as saying he doesn't much care for his early work - "too pretentious". Well, I don't know how he feels about this tune, and it really doesn't…Continue
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Added by billy jones bluez on November 16, 2013 at 9:25pm — No Comments
"Inside Your Dreams" - Acoustic Version. Original song by Seth Regan / Mankind Tracer.
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Added by Seth Regan on November 16, 2013 at 9:14pm — No Comments
Figure out how to play a song(s) on your play list. Our downloaded songs are usually some of our favorites and learning to play them can be great fun ~ you can even challenge yourself to change them up a little bit by adding minor chords, 7ths, some cool tabs, etc., to make it your own!
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 14, 2013 at 6:03pm — No Comments
The MIDI classical guitar
Some times we tend to associate music technology with modern electronic instruments or with computer based software instruments. The term MIDI is very familiar within electronic musicians, synthesizer players or DJ producers but it's hardly associated with classical guitars or even less with traditional…Continue
Added by Manuel Nunez on November 11, 2013 at 4:07am — No Comments
Close your eyes while you're practicing. When you close your eyes you actually heighten your other senses, particularly hearing and touch, which allows your brain to process your playing in different ways ~ now you'll literally be able to "feel" your music"!
BTW..."Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!" is airing this weekend on PBS SoCal on Sat, 11/9 @ 2 pm & Sun, 11/10 @ 1 pm, channels 10, 28 or 50, but check your local listing for the…Continue
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 7, 2013 at 3:14pm — No Comments
Play holiday inspired songs when the moment arises. Since it's Halloween today, try this fairly simple crowd pleaser, Monster Mash, using C, Am, F and G chords ~ BTW...it's kind of cool to sing it with a scary voice!
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 31, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments
It's been a busy time in my part of the world, but I do manage to find time to play my guitar. Honestly, I have to play my guitar or I start to get the sweats and jitters. Really. I've been going to quite a few live music performances by local artists, and some by headliners, and some concerts by folks on their way up.
I just love to watch musician's work. All of the effort that goes into playing in front of any size crowd is just amazing to me. I remember the old days when my…Continue
Added by Phil Manuel on October 26, 2013 at 2:11pm — No Comments
Learn minor chords, like the Am. Minor chords are generally used in blues music, and other music as well, because of the "whoa is me"/sad sound they impart and Am is one of the easiest to learn ~ so make it a minor detail to learn this chord (and other minor chords)!
BTW...my "Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!" workshop will air on the following dates/times in LA & Orange County areas.
PBS SoCal air…Continue
Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 24, 2013 at 11:33am — No Comments
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