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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.…


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…


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!
Play on...
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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…


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!
Play on...
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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.…


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…


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!

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…


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

Day 2

So,,, why, since I have been using Light and Custom Light on my other guitars, am I NOT having more a problem playing the heavier strings of the Baritone. Sure there are a few issues, some buzzes etc. But I was expecting loads of problems.. even just holding down a string. I think I was expecting it to be more like chording a bass guitar. Pleasant to play, whoda guess'd!

Added by Robert Williamson on March 8, 2016 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Baritone and Vocals

There a few tunes I arranged in particular chords shape families (eg:G) for fingerstyle but the vocals end up too high for my voice. (and I have a high voice! On a standard guitar that means capoing at 9th Fret to sing :) That doesn't leave much room for dynamic range on guitar.

But on the B-Standard Baritone, capoing at 2ed is a perfect 2 step drop to C. A C that would be kind-floppy on a regular guitar.

Not longer am I stuck the vocal ranges D- and E-standard guitars allow…


Added by Robert Williamson on March 7, 2016 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Thursday Tip

Boost your brain power by playing guitar. Scientific studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can increase cognitive thinking, memory and focus as illustrated in this recent (3/1/16) CNN article, Six Tips That Could Make You Smarter ~ playing guitar = brain food!

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 3, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

The New King of the Capos

Edit: After further use, I have found some problems which has caused me to make changes to this review.

Edits are in Italics

Since I collect capos (24 atm, 3 more on order) I have been doing mini-reviews of capos in the Capo Users Group.

I had designated Kyser as the best all-round Quick-Change type capo and Schubb as the best capo…


Added by Robert Williamson on February 26, 2016 at 5:02am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Try playing your guitar while standing up. The feel of playing your guitar while standing is a little different than while seated and it's a terrific way to experience your skills/positionings in a new way, without the support of the guitar body, but of course you'll need a strap (bonus: a fun strap can up your "cool factor")  ~ so stand up for guitar!
Play on...

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 25, 2016 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Flock Tuning Setup

'98 S6 - CFCFAD  this would be called G6 when tuned from E Standard, so D6 tuning from D Standard base?

NE Amber Trails - D# Standard  This is to compensate for vocal range drift as I age.

Coastline 12 E Standard (was in D Standard)

Martin GPCPA5K E Standard, often Dropped D & Double Dropped-D

Gretsch Boxcar Resonator D Standard

Ibanez AVN3…


Added by Robert Williamson on February 22, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments


Added by Robert Williamson on February 19, 2016 at 4:51pm — No Comments

The First

Come back with me to the 1950's..before the Beatles and Elvis. This was when the folk revival was just starting.

On the corner of the street my grade school was on, there were number of hole-in-the-wall stores. I remember a glass store, a violin store and a fishing store. These were no more than 10 feet wide..and I don't know how far back they went. The music store had violins, recorders, trumpets and other brass (perhaps he supported school music programs and bands?) ,…


Added by Robert Williamson on February 19, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Create your own song.  You might have some meaningful words in your head that you'd like to put to music and the good news is you can by simply starting with easy chords and strumming, and then go from there ~ you never know, you could be just a strum away from a beautiful new song of your own!
Play on...
P.S. Check out this song by Jessica Hull, a Learn to Play Guitar in a…

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 18, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Tone Woods

This website has some beautiful tone woods and pictures of guitars using them.



Added by Robert Williamson on February 14, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Nut Width

Two guitars with same 'nominal' nut width may differ greatly in string-to-sting distances and/or 1st-to-6th distances.

'Nominal' nut width specified may be misleading if fretboard has a binding. The 1st to 6th distance may be reduced to accommodate that binding, effectively  reducing 'nominal' nut width.

An example of this:

  • Fender Hellcat 12 string was 1.77" nut width, with binding, I found it unplayable, strings too close together.
  • Ibanez AVN3-NT Parlour2…

Added by Robert Williamson on February 14, 2016 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

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