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Because you are my friend.

This past Thursday my longtime friend and I went and performed at an open mic.

My friend, Roger, who I’ve posted photos of and written about here, taught me how to play bass guitar back in the day. We were in bands together throughout high school in the 60’s and parted ways shortly thereafter. Drugs were the undoing of the relationship. We’d both tried weed and other assorted chemicals but when Roger started taking barbiturates and drinking booze at the local bar that served minors a…

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Added by Terry Angelli on March 15, 2014 at 7:20am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

When you're playing, try to keep in mind that you're telling a story with your songs.  We use the tones, notes, chords, rhythmn, volume and vocals to express feelings or thoughts within our songs, so be sure to give focus to meaning of your music, not just the mechanics of the song ~ are you feelin' it?!
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Marlene
 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 13, 2014 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Tune your guitar without a tuner and then check to see how you did.  It's a fun challenge to try tuning your guitar without the aid of a tuner, that is simply by the sound you think each string should have, and then check your tuning savvy by using your tuner to see how close you were ~ knowing each string sound makes us better guitarists!
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Marlene
 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 6, 2014 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Acoustic Guitar Building Workshop - August 2014 - Lichty Guitars

Acoustic Guitar Building Workshop - August 2014 - Lichty Guitars

Build your own guitar in just 12 days with NC luthier Jay Lichty at Lichty Guitars

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* Registration is now open for the Aug 2014…

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Added by Jay Lichty on February 28, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Have your guitar checked if you're getting string "buzzing".  The neck may need to be adjusted, or the fret bars could be a little high, or the nut might need to be changed, or it could be the type of strings you're using...what ever the cause a trained guitar repair specialist can get it corrected easily ~ clear tones = rockin' songs!
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Marlene
 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 27, 2014 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Organize your printed songs/music in a binder.  Taking the time to put all your songs in a book (in sheet protectors) and additionally alphabetizing them will make your playing time more enjoyable because of the ease of being able to find your songs ~ a sense of order in your music = sense of order in your playing!
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Marlene
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 20, 2014 at 10:48am — 2 Comments

My Favorite Guitarists: Pete Huttlinger

Pete Huttlinger is one of the best fingerstyle guitarists I ever heard. I was impressed by Pete’s performance of Stevie Wonder’s songs – Superstition, My Cherie Amour, and a few others. I’ve been tracking his career for a number of years, bought a bunch of his CDs, DVDs, guitar lessons and books as well as used a few scores and tabs provided by Pete via his web site for free. This post is a collection of resources about his music I’ve collected in the past few years which might be useful for…

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Added by VB on February 17, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

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
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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

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