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New Online Lyric Writing Website

I recently launched a new lyric writing website - 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…


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…


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 …


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!



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!
Play on...
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Marlene's Music…

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…


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!
Play on...
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Marlene's Music…

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 12, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Use a timer to gauge your playing speed.  A strategy to help you improve on the speed of a skill (i.e. chord changes, rhythm pattern, solo riff, etc.) is to time yourself playing it slowly, then replay it with the goal of shaving off a few seconds each time, but (of course) without giving up quality sound ~ you'll find improvement in mere seconds!
Play on...
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 5, 2015 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Documentary Kickstarter - Now Live!

Hey everyone - I'm a member of the team that's trying to Kickstart the first and only Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Documentary.

Some of the most technically talented guitarists in the world aren't the one's shredding gut-busting, mind-melting, electric…


Added by Brockton Gates on March 4, 2015 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

The Guitarists of Seattle University


Added by Susan Palmer of Lead Cat Press on March 3, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Acoustic Guitar Covers 60-s & 70's

Acoustic Guitar Covers 60-s & 70's

Acoustic Guitar Covers of the 60's & 70's is a site for acoustic guitar players to share songs, videos, charts and friendly conversations on the great "Folk Rock" era.

Our theme is ... Peace, Love and Music from the 60's & 70's. Musicians helping musicians on Facebook who lived or loved this time period.

Added by Terry Dean on March 2, 2015 at 5:21am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Try playing your guitar first thing in the morning.  Starting your day out with a song is likely to set you up for a positive day and it's kind of fun to just grab your guitar and play whatever comes to your mind ~ music mornings = marvelous days!
Play on...
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Marlene's Music
As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC
2014 Player's…

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 26, 2015 at 12:21pm — No Comments

My Cover of Pachellbel's Canon Taylor 414 CE

Hi everyone this is my cover of Pachellbel's Canon. hope you like it. Thanks!

Added by Rui Zhou on February 20, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Look up unfamiliar chords on-line.  There are hundreds of chords and it would be tough to know them all, but don't let an unfamiliar chord prevent you from playing songs because we can simply look up the chord on the many internet resources available to us ~ in no time at all you'll be playing acchordingly!!
Play on...
P.S. Here's one of the many chord websites …

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 19, 2015 at 10:05am — No Comments

A free song writing book.

I came across this in the Musicians group I am a member of on LinkedIn.

The link will take you to an interesting blog post and if you scroll down there is a link for the free songwriting book.


Added by Terry Angelli on February 15, 2015 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Try playing with a pick and try different thicknesses.  You might like to see what it's like to play with a flat pick and feel a bit confused so here's the 411, picks come in various gauges, heavy, medium and light, and each has a different feel/sound (i.e. heavy picks= a louder, deeper sound, light picks= a softer, clearer sound) ~ experiment with each gauge by playing the same thing so that you can pick your pick!
Play on...
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 12, 2015 at 12:16pm — No Comments

And the band played on!

My last blog outlined how the band line up had finally fallen into place, it's been almost a year since and I'm tickled with the progress we've made.

We spent about three months honing our repertoire when the drummer popped up with a gig. It was a birthday party for a friend of his at a function hall. It was for no dough but that was okay since we could use the exposure and experience as a unit. Unfortunately the lead singer wasn't available and almost half of our material is built… Continue

Added by Terry Angelli on February 9, 2015 at 11:34am — No Comments


Check out iTunes for our brand new acoustic instrumental album: Controlled Chaos!

Added by Socci and Pency on February 9, 2015 at 6:59am — No Comments

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