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Thursday Tip

Learn about the science of your guitar sounds a.k.a. resonance.  Resonance: noun ~ is the quality in a sound being deep, full and reverberating, and acoustic guitar resonance is the science of the guitar body's ability to reflect the vibrating air (i.e. Helmholtz Resonance) ~ so let your good vibrations resonate!

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 10, 2016 at 1:45pm — No Comments

The Last, Ever!

SO that was the last new guitar i will ever buy.

(The Alvarez ABT60 Baritone)

Perceptive people will notice the use of the words 'new' and 'buy' and see them as loopholes ;)

Even more perceptive people will notice the word 'guitar' and recall I've bought a banjo and 2 Mandolins and see yet another loophole..

I should have been a lawyer. I think I'm…


Added by Robert Williamson on March 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Day 2

So,,, why, since I have been using Light and Custom Light on my other guitars, am I NOT having more a problem playing the heavier strings of the Baritone. Sure there are a few issues, some buzzes etc. But I was expecting loads of problems.. even just holding down a string. I think I was expecting it to be more like chording a bass guitar. Pleasant to play, whoda guess'd!

Added by Robert Williamson on March 8, 2016 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Baritone and Vocals

There a few tunes I arranged in particular chords shape families (eg:G) for fingerstyle but the vocals end up too high for my voice. (and I have a high voice! On a standard guitar that means capoing at 9th Fret to sing :) That doesn't leave much room for dynamic range on guitar.

But on the B-Standard Baritone, capoing at 2ed is a perfect 2 step drop to C. A C that would be kind-floppy on a regular guitar.

Not longer am I stuck the vocal ranges D- and E-standard guitars allow…


Added by Robert Williamson on March 7, 2016 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Thursday Tip

Boost your brain power by playing guitar. Scientific studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can increase cognitive thinking, memory and focus as illustrated in this recent (3/1/16) CNN article, Six Tips That Could Make You Smarter ~ playing guitar = brain food!

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 3, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

The New King of the Capos

Edit: After further use, I have found some problems which has caused me to make changes to this review.

Edits are in Italics

Since I collect capos (24 atm, 3 more on order) I have been doing mini-reviews of capos in the Capo Users Group.

I had designated Kyser as the best all-round Quick-Change type capo and Schubb as the best capo…


Added by Robert Williamson on February 26, 2016 at 5:02am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Try playing your guitar while standing up. The feel of playing your guitar while standing is a little different than while seated and it's a terrific way to experience your skills/positionings in a new way, without the support of the guitar body, but of course you'll need a strap (bonus: a fun strap can up your "cool factor")  ~ so stand up for guitar!
Play on...

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 25, 2016 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Flock Tuning Setup

'98 S6 - CFCFAD  this would be called G6 when tuned from E Standard, so D6 tuning from D Standard base?

NE Amber Trails - D# Standard  This is to compensate for vocal range drift as I age.

Coastline 12 E Standard (was in D Standard)

Martin GPCPA5K E Standard, often Dropped D & Double Dropped-D

Gretsch Boxcar Resonator D Standard

Ibanez AVN3…


Added by Robert Williamson on February 22, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments


Added by Robert Williamson on February 19, 2016 at 4:51pm — No Comments

The First

Come back with me to the 1950's..before the Beatles and Elvis. This was when the folk revival was just starting.

On the corner of the street my grade school was on, there were number of hole-in-the-wall stores. I remember a glass store, a violin store and a fishing store. These were no more than 10 feet wide..and I don't know how far back they went. The music store had violins, recorders, trumpets and other brass (perhaps he supported school music programs and bands?) ,…


Added by Robert Williamson on February 19, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments

Thursday Tip

Create your own song.  You might have some meaningful words in your head that you'd like to put to music and the good news is you can by simply starting with easy chords and strumming, and then go from there ~ you never know, you could be just a strum away from a beautiful new song of your own!
Play on...
P.S. Check out this song by Jessica Hull, a Learn to Play Guitar in a…

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 18, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Tone Woods

This website has some beautiful tone woods and pictures of guitars using them.



Added by Robert Williamson on February 14, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Nut Width

Two guitars with same 'nominal' nut width may differ greatly in string-to-sting distances and/or 1st-to-6th distances.

'Nominal' nut width specified may be misleading if fretboard has a binding. The 1st to 6th distance may be reduced to accommodate that binding, effectively  reducing 'nominal' nut width.

An example of this:

  • Fender Hellcat 12 string was 1.77" nut width, with binding, I found it unplayable, strings too close together.
  • Ibanez AVN3-NT Parlour2…

Added by Robert Williamson on February 14, 2016 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

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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Play on...

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!
Play on...

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)!
Play on...

Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 28, 2016 at 9:48am — No Comments

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