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Thursday "tip"

Try different volumes of sound within a song.  For instance play your song in it's normal manner and when you come to a pivotal part play louder (a.k.a. crescendo), then bring it back down (a.k.a. decrescendo) ~ it's a great way to add expression and feelings to your music!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 29, 2014 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Clean your strings after each playing session.  We have natural oils on our fingertips that build up on the strings as we play, so to get rid of the build up and extend the life of your strings use a soft cloth and wipe down the strings of your guitar each time you play ~ make it your post playing routine!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 22, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Find creative ways to fit practice time into your day.  Finding practice time each day can be a challenge, so get creative, for example play guitar while chatting with your spouse or include your children in your playing time or have a guitar at your office in case you have "down time" ~ soon you'll find you've mutli-tasked your way to great songs!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 15, 2014 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Strings and things..

I'm always chasing tone, whether it's with a new guitar, or new strings for my acoustic. So, when I heard about the new Martin Tony Rice Signature Monel strings I was anxious to try them. I mean if Tony plays them, how could I lose?



Well, my HD-28 was strung with Martin Lifespan Cleartone SP7200's way, way back in July '13.. Long time, I know, but I play in my house, and take care of my guitar, wiping the strings down after each session. Now, over that period of time, the P/B strings… Continue

Added by Phil Manuel on May 11, 2014 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Back Online After 4 weeks Away

Hey all.

I Just got my laptop back from the shop and back up to speed. I have to say though.... I had a hell of a lot more guitar practice time (or so it seemed) without it!

Have a great weekend all! And Happy Mother's Day to all of you Guitar playing "Mothers" out there in the real world!

Later,

Scott

Added by Scott L Ritchie on May 9, 2014 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Change your strings about every 6 months.  Spring is a great time to change out your old strings and an easy way to remember (i.e. Spring cleaning), best of all you'll love the vibrancy of your songs with the new strings ~ so out with the old and in with the new!
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Marlene
 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 8, 2014 at 10:51am — No Comments

May Guitar Mojo Newsletter ... 3 songs from the 80'sBoys of Summer . Don't dream it's over . The Living Yearshttp://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=...&id=0b4cd00d2e

May Guitar Mojo Newsletter ... 3 songs from the 80's

Boys of Summer . Don't dream it's over . The Living Years

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Added by Terry Dean on May 7, 2014 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Classical guitar and flamenco guitar action

 

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Classical guitar action and flamenco guitar action are some of the topics more popular within the guitar blogs and they  are subject of discussion among guitar fans all over the world. Everyone has an opinion about it and people come across with different arguments bringing measures, suggested strings heights and different data as if…

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Added by Manuel Nunez on May 2, 2014 at 10:12am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Chord sound quality can be assessed by checking the pressed strings.  Sometimes when we strum a chord we know it's not quite right and we're not sure which string needs an adjustment, so you can figure that out by playing individually only the strings that are being pressed (i.e. G chord play 6, 5 & 1) ~ then if you find a muted string ~ press harder!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 1, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

The Guitar is almost finished...

I know it has been a while since my last blog.   I am still working on my parlor.  Infact, I think I am on the finishing stretch.   It probably should have been completed a long time ago.  I took some time off to take a couple extended trips across the USA.  But that adventure is for another blog.   

The body of the guitar is complete.  The fingerboard and headstock inlay is complete.  Right now I am working on scraping the binding to the body.   I find this to be hard on the…

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Added by CSerway on April 27, 2014 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Try doing finger stretches each time before you play.  You'll be surpirsed at how much better your playing will go when you take a few minutes to stretch your fingers, like the one in this photo ~ then let your fingers do the talking!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 24, 2014 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Robben Ford Quintet - Saturday, May 17 - JazzSLC Concert at the Capitol Theater - Sponsored in part by Thorell Guitars



Thorell Guitars on display in the lobby

Robben Ford…

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Added by Thorell Guitars on April 22, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Play holiday inspired songs whenever you can.  The holidays are a great time to play songs that are related to the special day/time of year and you'll likely have family and friends who will join in the fun by singing  with you ~ so give this one a whirl...Happy Easter!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 17, 2014 at 8:35am — No Comments

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*** ACOUSTIC GUITAR LESSONS ***



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Soft rock, folk rock, classic rock, country, oldies and more

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Added by Terry Dean on April 13, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Lowering the "action" on your guitar can make it easier to play.  The "action", the distance between the fingerboard and the string, when set lower makes it easier to press on the strings, making it easier to play ~ this can be done by a guitar technician/repair shop or even yourself ~ easier pressing = better songs!
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Marlene
P.S. Exciting news...I will be featured on 9News (Denver) this Saturday morning.  I'll be teaching the news anchors to play…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 10, 2014 at 9:17am — No Comments

Ondra Kozák - debut CD "Ataman"

Ondra Kozák (CZ) released his debut CD Ataman recently. It contains eleven original compositions by Ondra, in which he is featured on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, violin, bass, percussion, drums programming, and vocals. Special guests include Ondra's wife Marta on piano, Karel Začal on dobro, Vít Hanulík on mandolin, and Filip Baťo on banjo.

 
Ondra's new record can be heard and…
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Added by Ondra Kozák on April 8, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

hand problem

Mr Thumbpicker here, I have a pinched nerve ...the ulnar nerve.......

in my neck/right side......runs down my right arm into my pickin hand......

right now I can not pick a single lick.....ulnar nerve runs into the little finger &

ring finger.......my hand is swollen/numb/inflamed joints......I'm doing chiro/

acupuncture & ultra-sound........e mail me if you have any experiences with this & came thru it on…

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Added by Larry Melton on April 6, 2014 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Top 10 acoustic guitar songs, charts, tab

Top 10 acoustic guitar songs, charts, tab

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  1. Fire and Rain by James Taylor
  2. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
  3. Wild World by Cat…
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Added by Terry Dean on April 5, 2014 at 6:34am — 1 Comment

Thursday "tip"

Use baby oil on the neck/fretboard of your guitar.  The wood on the neck of your guitar should be oiled a couple of times per year (do this when the strings are off during string replacement) and it's been recommended by professional guitar techs to use baby oil because it's a lighter oil ~ so go ahead and baby your neck!
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Marlene
 
P.S. To oil the neck: put a small amount of oil on a soft cloth, then rub the oil on each fret.  Wait 10…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 3, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments

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