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Added by Robert Williamson on May 3, 2015 at 7:31am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Rub your fingertips lightly on a soft fabric or your jeans!  Rubbing your fingertips on fabric (denim is good, corduroy is better) will help with the soreness, it will improve circulation in the fingertips and it will bring them back to shape after pressing on the strings ~ soft fabric = fingertip TLC!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 30, 2015 at 10:24am — No Comments

Mom & Pop retail music stores.

THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT! 

My lifelong friend Roger and I were talking and he mentioned that a new music store had opened in our hometown, Malden, MA. We'd made plans to get together yesterday to run a few errands and then sit and pick for a while so we decided to stop in to this new store while out and about.…

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Added by Terry Angelli on April 26, 2015 at 3:48am — 2 Comments

Thursday "tip"

Be sure to be on your fingertips when playing chords/notes.  In order to get your best sounding chords/notes (whether it's a new chord or one you've been playing for a while) you need to be sure you're up on your fingertips, not the flat of your finger ~ so keep your nails short and "press on"!!!!
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Marlene 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 23, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Anchor your practice time.  "Anchoring", which basically means a starting point and then plus or minus you can go from there, is a way to set yourself up for practice success, for example a simple anchor would be 15 minutes each day and

additionally, commit yourself by writing it down ~ anchors away!!!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 16, 2015 at 10:31am — No Comments

Win a Lichty Guitar 2015!

Lichty Guitars’ 100th Instrument Tuned-up for the 2015 LEAF Raffle

North Carolina luthier Jay Lichty carves, sands and polishes a handcrafted guitar or ukulele each year…

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Added by Jay Lichty on April 9, 2015 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Spring has sprung, time to spring clean your guitar.  It's a great idea to clean/polish/oil your guitar a couple times per year and Spring, being a time of renewal, is a great reminder to give your guitar the TLC that it needs ~ so spring into action and hop to it!
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P.S. Check out how easy it is to give your guitar some TLC! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjWMHNAf-V4…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 9, 2015 at 8:38am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Try some percussive (drumming) effects with your playing.  Adding some simple tapping on the body of your guitar or rhythmic dampening on your strings can add an element of interest and surprise to your songs and it can be done at just one point in the song (i.e. in the bridge, intro, etc) or through out the song ~ drum away!  
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Marlene
P.S. Check out Tommy Emmanuel playing this Beatles Medley ~ his playing is certainly beyond amazing, but really…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 2, 2015 at 11:34am — No Comments

New Online Lyric Writing Website

I recently launched a new lyric writing website - https://www.lyricwell.com. It includes a section for each album and song so you can write out your motivation so you can stay motivated to write, a due date for songs and albums to keep you on task, a notebook area to keep ideas, a rhyming dictionary and thesaurus to help you find the right words, and writing exercises to help you improve your lyric writing skills. Everything is web based so you can…

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Added by Nic Lubbers on March 31, 2015 at 11:03am — No Comments

So long John...

I first met John Renbourn in 1990. He was playing some gigs with Bert Jansch and Danny Thompson in the north of Italy. We had some talking at the end of the performance about his Franklin OM that I liked a lot. He was a very kind and friendly person. Since then I met him in another couple of occasions, always spending a few minutes talking about guitars. The last time was in 2007 and I remember him laughing when I told him I didn't like his last guitar, a Bown. I hope he'll meet Bert in…

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Added by Antonio Cotichini on March 27, 2015 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

New Alhambra Crossover CS-LR CW guitar review

 

Alhambra CS-LR CW S Series

Alhambra guitars have introduced a few new models for 2015 under the common denomination of "S Series". One of these newborn Alhambra guitars is the …

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Added by Manuel Nunez on March 27, 2015 at 5:14am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Be able to control the volume when using a flatpick.  The dynamics of a song, how hard or soft you're playing, helps to present the feelings and emotions of a song (see the example below), so practice strumming and/or picking using a

flatpick with your focus on controlling the volume both loudly and softly ~ soon your song will feel dynamically controlled!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 26, 2015 at 10:55am — No Comments

You will fall in love

Added by Robert Williamson on March 23, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Sing the words to your songs as you're playing.  We generally learn our songs in phases, for instance we begin with the chords, then work on the rhythm and then lastly we add the words because they can trip us up, but challenge yourself to add the words, even before you think you're ready ~ like pieces to a puzzle, it will magically come together!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 19, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments

Top thickness or lack of.

As a Luthier of many years now I have been seeing an alarming trend in the guitar building industry. I have been seeing guitars that have been built since the late 1990s coming into the shop with tops that are very thin. This is causing a wealth of problems with structure and humidity. 

WHY: I feel this trend stems from the mid to late 90s when the old pre-war Martin guitars started drawing a lot…

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Added by jerry Shadrick on March 13, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Memorize chord shapes.  Chords have a shape and thinking in those terms might make finger placement a little easier, try this with the E chord; position your fingers, once you have your fingers in place, look at the shape of your hand, then take your fingers off and see if you can re-place your fingers in the same shape ~ it's a great way shape it up!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 12, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

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