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Thursday "tip"

Use a music stand to hold your music.  When you have your music positioned lower than eye level you are actually causing a bit of strain to your neck and by simply using a music stand or a tabletop book stand to keep your music at eye level will help your neck to feel great while you're playing ~ so, heads up and eyes on the music!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 18, 2014 at 12:28pm — 1 Comment

Maybe Adios

All the spam showing up here tells me this. Community is nearing the end of it's life. Unless, a site is managed, there is nothing to safeguard it. It's been interesting sharing experiences and knowledge with folks. Sad to let go, really. If you care to keep in touch send me a pm.

Added by Phil Manuel on September 13, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments

Maybe Adios

All the spam showing up here tells me this. Community is nearing the end of it's life. Unless, a site is managed, there is nothing to safeguard it. It's been interesting sharing experiences and knowledge with folks. Sad to let go, really. If you care to keep in touch send me a pm.

Added by Phil Manuel on September 13, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Consider guitar ergonomics when playing. Your posture and movement is important and sometimes overlooked, for instance you should sit upright with your spine and head aligned, think of an imaginary thread pulling from the top of your skull, to avoid sore shoulders and neck ~ ergo, sit up so you can rock your songs and your body!

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Marlene

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 11, 2014 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Play your music frequently to increase your coordination.  Playing an instrument requires hand-eye coordination, for instance when you read chords or notes your brain has to convert that into a motor pattern, sending signals to the muscles to play that chord or note, while also adding in breathing (with your singing) and rhythm ~ so go ahead and get coordinated!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 4, 2014 at 8:05am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Learn about the different woods used to make guitars.  Various woods are used, some in combination, for acoustic guitar construction because of the variety of sounds each wood produces, for example Mahogany resonates deeper tones, while Maple emits a bright sound ~ "test drive" the woods at your local guitar store to find your favorite tone!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 28, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Get musically inspired by attending a concert.  Whether it's your all time favorite artist/group or just simply music you enjoy hearing, you will likely get inspired to play songs you hear and it's especially fun to look for their songs online immediately after the show so you can play them right away ~ you'll feel like a rock star!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 21, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Guitar Building Workshop Aug 2014 Day One

We are at it again at Lichty Guitars. Four students from across the country here for 12 days to build their dream guitars. You can follow along and watch these beauties come to life - 

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Added by Jay Lichty on August 16, 2014 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Moving out of state.

In anticipation of our move, I decided to cut down on my instrument collection. We went to Music Go Round PA. I took in my old, oddball and unused instruments. I expected one price, would settle for another but got more than I expected. However, the guys checking out my used equipment were in awe of what they called, "an eccentric collection". It was sad but…

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Added by Dave Sterenchock on August 16, 2014 at 11:52am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Shop for your dream guitar.  By going to guitar shops and trying out, a.k.a. "test driving", various brands and styles of guitars you will likely find the guitar of your dreams and then here's a thought ~ you might want to reward yourself with your dream guitar when you have achieved a goal (guitar or otherwise)!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 14, 2014 at 5:14pm — No Comments

THursday "tip"

Find a guitar buddy to play with.  It's fun and motivating to have another guitarist to play with, you'll probably find that you'll be playing a lot more and perhaps trying new things that they have learned ~ guitar buddies make such great friends!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 7, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Play your guitar to increase brain activity and happiness. Studies have shown that the brain's reward center responds to music -- a brain structure called the striatum releases the chemical dopamine, which is associated with happiness and pleasure ~ so play your guitar and get happy, a.k.a. Guitar Therapy!

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Marlene





Marlene's Music

www.marlenesmusic.com

As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC, AcousticGuitar.com

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Guitar Withdrawal

I'm spending the summer in Europe and I couldn't bring my guitar with me; I play every minute I can, but I thought I would be okay without it for 1 month.. my calluses are starting to get soft and I'm really regretting not bringing it.

Does this happen to anyone else? I feel like I left my best friend behind or something.. 

Added by Ash Nadler on July 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

4 Arrangements for Solo Guitar

 The arrangements are in standard notation and tab and are free to copy. Available are: Amazing Grace , Be Thou My Vision, The Star…

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Added by Steve C. Pappas on July 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Steve Pappas Radio

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Added by Steve C. Pappas on July 30, 2014 at 10:12am — No Comments

A Review of 2 Pieces for Solo Guitar

Two pieces for solo guitar by Steve Pappas are welcomed additions to the classical guitar repertoire. La Noche Cai Suavemente and Lady Zoe’s Dance fit nicely into the repertoire for the intermediate level player. Steve makes use of his talents as a…

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Added by Steve C. Pappas on July 30, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

How I lost my ability to play

Nine years ago I had tongue cancer. I had played my guitar and sung for over thirty years preforming at local events and one time appearing on  the Michel Douglas show.  For several years I worked at a local folk singing club. Then about two years ago I bought my new 4 string BR-40T Blueridge guitar. Almost the same week I began to have swallowing vocal cords problems from the scar tissue that had built up from the three months of radiation treatment I received  twice a day for three months…

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Added by Richard Brazus on July 29, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Keep your guitar cool and comfortable! With the summer tempuratures soaring you want to be sure that your guitar is happy and here's a good rule: your guitar should not be exposed to climate conditions that you would not want to be exposed to, ideally 40 - 45% humidity and 65-75 °F ~ a cool guitar is cool!



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Marlene



Marlene's Music

www.marlenesmusic.com

As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC, AcousticGuitar.com

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 24, 2014 at 11:25am — 2 Comments

Thursday "tip"

Take your guitar with you on your Summer travels. One of the coolest things about playing guitar is that you can take your guitar with you everywhere and play in some of the most amazing locations ~ for instance I'm in Santa Barbara and I just played my guitar at the beach!
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Marlene

Marlene's Music
www.marlenesmusic.com
As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC
Nominated for 2014 Player's Choice Awards

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 17, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Live From the Kitchen Table Podcast 002

I got a lot of great encouragement from the First Live From the Kitchen Table and created a second podcast. Thanks for checking these out. It's been a lot of fun to put these together.

Best,

Adam Traum

Podcast Link:

http://adamtraumguitar.com/blog/blog/live-from-the-kitchen-table-podcast-002

Added by Adam Traum on July 16, 2014 at 6:52pm — No Comments

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