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Life is good Pt. 2 con't

I'm posting this from home two weeks later since the opportunity to sit and write for my blog didn't present itself until now.



The morning after our warm up jam we all awoke in a bit of a fog. But there was food to prep, cleaning to do and equipment to move so we downed coffee and got to work.



The band decided to move the dining room table out and to move our gear into the dining room (see posted photos). The dining room is right off the kitchen and the perfect place for… Continue

Added by Terry Angelli on February 16, 2014 at 5:34am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Write a song that expresses something in your life.  Start with either writing the words (lyrics) or create the a tune by humming something that you like & write down the chords or notes that fit what you're humming, then put them together ~ viola, you've written a song!
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Marlene
Marlene's Music

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 13, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Top 10 resources about tuning machines for a slotted head guitar

Recently I broke a tuning knob on my steel string Takamine TF740FS and decided to replace the tuners. Here is my…

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Added by VB on February 9, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Learn every part of a song.  Sometimes we want to focus on the solo part of a song or just the chords, but it's best to learn the entire song with all it's parts, you'll find it's easier to memorize and perform ~ knowing all parts = the sum total of a great song!
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Marlene
Marlene's Music
 

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 6, 2014 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Life IS Good Pt. 2

I am posting this from CT this morning. We are here for our annual Yankee Swap that I wrote about in part 1.



I left work early Friday so we could beat the horrendous Boston rush hour traffic as well as the west bound Mass Pike crawl. The plan in motion was to arrive around dinner time and make some music shortly after. When we were here last in October 2013, Tom and I were joined by a drummer. Another good friends boyfriend, who is a magician and full time entertainer who runs his… Continue

Added by Terry Angelli on February 2, 2014 at 7:10am — No Comments

Oi, You’re Barred!! – An Introduction To Barre Chords

Whenever I’m teaching guitar to beginners, one of the first real stumbling blocks for most students seems to come when they first encounter barre chords. After learning the basic open chords and practicing changing fluently between them, as well as, perhaps, learning a few simple riffs or single note picking exercises, along come barre chords. Most students will have been making good progress up to this point and then ‘Bam!’ – For some it can be like hitting a brick wall. Unfortunately, for…

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Added by Chris Lake on January 31, 2014 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Guitar Mojo tip - Drop D chords

Guitar Mojo Tip: Drop D on the Guitar or (Double drop D)



Get the power of the bass string by tuning the low E 6th string down to match the d string (4th). You only need to learn the G,F#m and Em chords. Heres the G chord and slide down 3 frets for the Em (220000). Lots of songs use this technique - Teach your Children, Copperhead Road, Love the one…
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Added by Terry Dean on January 18, 2014 at 6:58am — No Comments

Songs To Play - Guy Clark's L. A. Freeway...

I first heard this tune sung by Jerry Jeff Walker one summer day in the early '70s,  My buddy and I shared a $100 a month apartment back then.  It was during our salad days.  Both of us were unemployed, but picked up odd jobs now and then. We split the rent, so coming up with $50 every month was hard, but not impossible. DT finally got a gig painting houses, and I found work playing in a rock/country band.  DT had a great quadrophonic music system he picked up while stationed in South…

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Added by Phil Manuel on January 16, 2014 at 11:07pm — 1 Comment

Thursday "tip"

Play your guitar frequently to "break in" the wood. An acoustic guitar sounds better over time with frequent playing because you're actually loosening the wood fibers which helps your guitar vibrate more easily ~ so play away to loosen those wood fibers!

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Marlene

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 16, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

The band roller coaster.

I've blogged here about being in and out of bands and just when I thought I'd gotten back into a decent ensemble it imploded yesterday.



My last band experience (blog below) wasn't exactly pleasant and I'd been casting about for several months trying to latch on to another. After several auditions and false starts I decided to pull the levers and start rather than join an ensemble. This is because I now had a decent rehearsal space after having gotten our basement done over. I already… Continue

Added by Terry Angelli on January 5, 2014 at 3:13am — No Comments

Film Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis is film about the struggle of young man who happens to be a folk singer. It's not a story celebrating folk music. There are good and not so great moments depicting the effort to stay in the music business.



The main character is not a shining example as an artist who makes good. He seems to have trouble relating to the people around him while ironically singing soulfully about his fellow man.



The music and acting is first rate, and most of the music… Continue

Added by Phil Manuel on January 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

All Mahogany Gibson Guitars & Martin Guitars

We have several Vintage All mahogany guitars in stock now, as well as a new All mahogany Froggy Bottom model C expected soon. Here's a pic of our Gibson Peanut. We also have an all mahogany vintage Gibson archtop in stock that will appear online next week. Not to mention our vintage 1950 Martin 0-15!…

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Added by GUITAR GALLERY on January 2, 2014 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Spicing Up Your Guitar Chord Progressions

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…

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Added by Jay Warner on December 30, 2013 at 10:10am — No Comments

Crossroads

I'm at a crossroad in my life. I just played a night club gig with a band I've been with for a year. I'm not the oldest, but I just don't enjoy our cover song choices. Some I love...Gimme Three Steps, but who doesn't! I'm jut rhythm with a few licks thrown in and I do have fun, but I play only my Les Paul. I would like to play more acoustic.

So, do I look for a Southern Rock band to play my acoustic with, or stick to electric and learn to plat leads?

Added by TheValleyGirl on December 27, 2013 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

Thursday "tip"

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!

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Marlene

Happy New Year!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 26, 2013 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

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

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Marlene

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 19, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

John Pizzarelli Quartet - A jazzSLC Concert, 2/22/2014

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Added by Thorell Guitars on December 15, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

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!

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Marlene

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 12, 2013 at 7:11pm — No Comments

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