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Thursday Tip

Learn songs for special occasions.  It's nice to serenade that special someone for a special occasion like an anniversary or a special day like Valentine's Day and if you're stumped on which song to try, take a look at these 10 easy acoustic guitar love songs - sharing your guitar love, how sweet it is!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 11, 2016 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Genz Benz Shenandoah Jr. Vs 100

I'm looking at purchasing an amp and have located a Genz Benz Shenandoah 100 and Genz Benz Shenandoah Jr.  They're about the same price.  Which would you pick and why?

Added by Mike Ward on February 5, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Try using a capo with your songs.  A capo (click here for more detail) is a tool that is clamped over the strings to raise the musical pitch, which means you can adjust the song to fit your voice without having to re-learn the song a new way/with new chords ~ it's a simple way to get in your musical comfort zone!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 4, 2016 at 10:20am — No Comments

Guitar Building Course.

For Christmas my wife enrolled me in a guitar building course at Woodcraft of Woburn, MA. I've toyed with buying a kit but after research I decided I'd wait until I had the time to dedicate to a project like this. This will serve as an introduction to building a guitar and from there I'll decide if I want to tackle another one in the future.  I've posted photos in my albums from the 1st night and I'll be posting photos as construction progresses.

Added by Terry Angelli on February 2, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

National Resonator Baritone guitar non-invasive sound reinforc mic selection

Thank you everyone for the input. I've selected a K&K SOUND Meridian Pro System with: 3-band EQ / Volume / phase, and outboard 9volt driven mic pre-amp box. And a nice carry case. Good equipment.

It's a microphone-and-windscreen on a little boom that attaches to the guitar with a padded bracket, allowing it to be put on and taken off without any fuss at all. It's small and discreet.

This unit's signal will be sent directly to P.A.; with an instrument like the National…


Added by jon masters on January 31, 2016 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Learn the meaning/history of your songs.  Finding out the history, background and/or inspiration/motivation of a song can help you play and even perform the song with clarity and feeling, for example the song Michelle by the Beatles which includes some words in French ~ knowledge helps you play "tres bien" (very well in French)!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 28, 2016 at 9:48am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Learn about the woods used to make acoustic guitars.  Wood has "characteristics" (click here for wood descriptions & be sure to click on the wood names) which can contribute to a variety of tonal differences and can appeal to different playing styles based on the tonal qualities ~ discover your own wood preference by test driving guitars!

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 21, 2016 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Try out various guitars for neck comfort.  Guitars are constructed with playing style and physical comfort in mind, including the guitar neck thickness and shape (see the diagram below), which can enhance the play-ability ~ so "test drive" a few guitars to get in your (neck) comfort zone!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 14, 2016 at 10:31am — No Comments

Art Lutherie Truss Rod Replacement

_DSC0045.JPGFinally got to Art Lutherie 12 string I picked up with broken truss rod. Fairly easy to remove broken one. heated fret board and removed. Just waiting for new rod.

Added by James Davis on January 11, 2016 at 7:04am — 1 Comment

Thursday Tip

Keep your flatpick from slipping.  When using a flatpick to play guitar it can easily slip and move while strumming/picking, so below are 10 ways that can help you to hold on to your flatpick and play without fretting (ha, ha) about it slip sliding away ~ go ahead and get a grip!
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As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC
2014 Player's Choice Award…

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 7, 2016 at 12:27pm — 3 Comments

Back on Acoustic Guitar

With my songs now on the radio from Radio Caroline in the UK to Chestnut Radio in New Jersey to Central Coast Live here in California it's a trip hearing my stuff on the radio. My goal for 2016 is to increase my original song library and produce a full CD, a search for musicians to help me produce it and then to actively promote it. Thanks to Gil Micheal and others for their encouragement and support. 2016 Looks like it should be great year!

Added by Lorin Guy on January 4, 2016 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Redecorating :)

I took a pic with my Nexus 5's front camera..lower res but wider field of view

arrangement is now traditional instruments to right, guitars to the left. Seem to fit the available space better and not block left hand monitor.

 left to right

Seagull S6, Seagull Coastline 12, Martin HPL,…


Added by Robert Williamson on December 29, 2015 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Give yourself the gift of singing with your songs. It can be challenging to sing while we're playing, so the key to success is to meld your singing and strumming (or picking) rhythms using these 4 steps; 1)  hum the song first, 2) play just the song (no humming/words), 3) hum the song while playing it, and 4) play the song and sing the lyrics ~ Merry Music!!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 24, 2015 at 12:31pm — No Comments

What would you buy?

I have been blessed by my dear wife and mother-in-law with a generous gift for my recent 65th birthday. Between the two they ponied up $3K for me to buy a new guitar!

I already have a very nice Martin and wouldn't object to another but there are so many choices out there today. I plan on going to several music stores and trying out a number of instruments and brands since no one retailer will have all brands on hand. I want to have some brands in mind so I can narrow the field…


Added by Terry Angelli on December 22, 2015 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Ancient Future Bay Area Concerts Celebrating Matthew Montfort's New Custom Martin Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

Ancient Future Bay Area Concerts

Debut Performances with Matthew Montfort's New Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar

Hi-Res Photo of recording session with Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar by Michael Braden (858k)

Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort,…


Added by Matthew Montfort on December 22, 2015 at 9:11am — No Comments

JazzSLC Concert Series at the Capitol Theatre - Saturday, January 2, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah

John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, has been called "hip with a wink" by Town & Country and "madly creative" by the Los Angeles Times. Performing with his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey, the duo will bring the great American songbook to life. According…


Added by Thorell Guitars on December 19, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Capo Carry Bag...

Just a quick note ...

I've been looking around for a decent bag to carry the guitar stuff I actually want to keep handy, when I found this at the 'K' looking at MLB gear. Ten bucks was a good deal, I thought, and it's perfect for my needs.

Added by Phil Manuel on December 19, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Play holiday songs and encourage a sing-along.  In the words of Buddy The Elf, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."  ~ so you can get things started and then keep it going with these songs (click here for Holiday songs with the chords/tabs) ~ fa, la, la, la, la - la, la, la la!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 17, 2015 at 11:08am — No Comments

Top 5 Must Have DJ Equipment for Beginners

Electronic dance music (EDM) has taken over the country in the past few years. EDM has risen from underground, and it is has now taken its position on radio stations, sporting events, bars and even television commercials. No wonder people are aspiring to become DJs- like guitarist in a rock band, or astar pop singer. This article is about what type of DJ equipment will be required for beginners.

Before you go…


Added by Adam Smith on December 11, 2015 at 11:35pm — No Comments

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