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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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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,…

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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…

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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)

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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…

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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.

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

Thursday Tip

Find reasons to practice. Guitar playing success is directly related to the amount of consistent practice time you put in and let's face it, there are many reasons not to practice (i,e, click here ), so look for reasons TO practice like "I really want to get that song down" or "I've just got to play Travis picking" ~ you are your best motivator!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 10, 2015 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

Thursday Tip

Never stop learning about guitars. The value you gain as a musician grows when you learn about your instrument, so read a magazine with articles about guitar construction or visit a guitar repair shop or tour a factory (click here and you can take a "tour" right now!) ~ guitar knowledge = a better guitarist!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 3, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Try playing a Thanksgiving song today. There are a few to choose from like Over The River and Through The Woods and this beautiful song by Johnny Cash called Thanksgiving Prayer , you can even play along with Johnny using this version (click here ) of the lyrics with the chords ~ it's thankfulness put to…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 26, 2015 at 9:33am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Use a footrest to help your seated guitar posture/positioning. Sometimes it's helpful to elevate your leg to support your guitar and a footrest is an easy solution ~ it can give you a real leg up on your guitar playing!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 19, 2015 at 8:25am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Learn "7th" guitar chords. A seventh chord (i.e. D7, E7, A7, etc) is often used as a passing chord, it prepares the listener to move onto the next chord, and is constructed by including a root note, a 3rd note, a 5th note and then adding the 7th note of the major scale ~ it's (guitar) seventh heaven! 
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 12, 2015 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

Thursday Tip

Weather changes can effect a guitar.  With the weather getting cooler and heaters going on humidity levels can drop, so try to keep the humidity level at a constant 45-55% by using a humidifier click here ~ stay warm, but keep your guitar happy!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 5, 2015 at 9:41am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Learn ways to ease/soothe sore fingertips. When you play guitar It's normal to feel soreness at the tips of your fingers, it's sort of a "right of passage" to playing guitar, and here are 5 ways you can give your fingers a little TLC ~  less soreness = more playing!

 

1. Lower the action on your guitar (the distance that the strings are raised off the guitar neck)

2. Ice your fingers…

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 29, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

69N-20 Martin Classical

Anyone out there got some pictures to post up as to the bracing pattern of a N-20 for the sound board and back along with any measurements internally and wood used? huge THANKS

I am new and just feeling my way onto the site so please excuse any woops I make!!!!-Rob

Added by Rob Boucher on October 21, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Christmas came early!

I've enjoyed working with wood ever since I took woodworking in High School. I've made a water pump lamp, end table, bookcase, hope chest and audio component cabinet through the years. When work interfered with my ability to spend time on this hobby it took a back seat. I continued to work with wood but only in construction.

For some time now I've contemplated buying a kit and trying my hand at making an acoustic guitar. I did a lot of research and see that it takes lots of time,…

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Added by Terry Angelli on October 17, 2015 at 9:25pm — No Comments

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