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Thursday Tip

What's your playing style? We all have a style, a favorite way of playing, perhaps it's even a blend of the various styles (see basic guitar style descriptions below & try this fun Guitar Style Quiz), and knowing your playing style can help with song choices and skill advancements ~ you've got guitar style, so know and own it!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 27, 2015 at 10:56am — No Comments

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Learn musical terminology. It's helpful to understand basic musical terms (i.e. Time Signatures, flats, sharps) ~ it's sort of like the rules to a game!
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7 Common Musical Terms
Time Signature - refers to the count of the song
Tempo - the speed of the song (i.e. slow, medium, fast)
Note names - the first 7 letters of the…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 20, 2015 at 9:49am — No Comments

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Try this 3-2-1 practice concept.  Pinpoint 3 easy skills that are 5 minutes or less each (i.e. chord progressions), Choose 2 easy-to-moderate tasks (i.e. strumming or a simple song), Identify 1 moderate-to-difficult skill/song that you can finish in 15 minutes ~ this could be your countdown to success!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 13, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments

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Take your guitar with you on your vacation, even if you're flying to get there. Your guitar can go with you on a commercial flight and it can be your carry-on item (my preference) or checked, either way your guitar can make the trip too ~ so don't leave home without it!  .

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 6, 2015 at 8:31am — No Comments

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Expand your guitar knowledge. It can be helpful and it's fun to learn as much as you can about the instrument you're playing, for instance you can read this brief history about guitar, go to a museum with a guitar exhibit or tour a guitar factory ~ become not just a guitar player, but a guitar expert!
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"I am still learning"
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 30, 2015 at 2:28pm — No Comments

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Play your songs different ways. It's fun to try playing songs with different strums, or picking, or different chords (i.e. C, G, & D instead of A, E & D), or with/without a capo, and you could even take it up a notch and try combining songs like this click here ~ have fun creating your own unique sound!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 23, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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Watch documentaries about guitars and guitar playing.  It's fun, interesting and inspirational to learn from other guitarists about their experiences, successes, failures and motivations ~ check out these documentaries (below) ~ enjoy!
P.S. Please let me know about other guitar documentaries that you've seen and liked. 
WIllie Nelson and His Famous Guitar: The Tale Of Trigger ~ …
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 16, 2015 at 11:44am — No Comments

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Keep your guitar wood humidified.  The best humidity level for your guitar wood is about 40-45%, which isn't always possible depending on your location, so a simple solution is to use a humidity pack that can fit between your strings (below) ~ obviously used during those rare moments when your guitar is sitting idle! 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 9, 2015 at 8:18am — No Comments

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Play songs that are holiday inspired. It's fun to gear your music selections to a theme, for instance patriotic songs in honor of the 4th of July !!
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As Seen On PBS, CBS, NBC
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 2, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

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Travel with your guitar. Don't leave your guitar at home, it want's to go with you, so keep these simple ideas in mind; don't leave it in your car for long periods of time, bring a humidity pack as humidity levels can be different in a new location and remember an extra set of strings ~ be your own traveling road show!
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P.S. I'll be traveling soon to Colorado (with my guitar) to teach at…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 25, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments

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For faster chord changes, don't stop the rhythm.  Our natural tendency is to stop the rhythm to change chords, but one of the best ways to improve your chord changing finesse is to keep your rhythm hand moving (strumming/picking), which sends a signal to your brain to tell the other hand to "keep going" ~ sort of like a little friendly (mental) competition!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 18, 2015 at 6:09pm — No Comments

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Do exercises for finger dexterity. When playing guitar we're asking our fingers to move quickly and in many different sequences, so doing simple spider-like exercises will help to improve finger dexterity which will likely help your playing ability ~ try this video to get those fingers moving!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 11, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

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Breathe deeply to relieve tension/stress and make better music. Sometimes when we feel our stress/anxiety in life or just when trying to play a song we hold our breath which causes more tension in our body and makes it more difficult to play guitar ~ be sure to relax and just BREATHE!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 4, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

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Prevent slippery strings by wiping with a soft cloth.  Sometimes while playing we accumulate perspiration and natural finger oils on our strings and our fingers slip, especially when trying to manage chords, so simply stop your playing momentarily, wipe your strings and then continue to play ~ don't sweat it, just wipe your strings!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 28, 2015 at 9:52am — No Comments

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Play guitar because it makes you happy!  Studies have shown that the brain's reaction to playing guitar can be significant; you release dopamine, reverse the body's response to stress and lower blood pressure ~  so play your guitar and get "Happy"!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 21, 2015 at 1:52pm — No Comments

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Playing slowly will help your songs progress.  Learning and playing a song slowly, rather than trying to play it quickly right away, will produce a more accurately sounding song and will provide you the opportunity to gain confidence in your skills ~ be like the tortoise...slow and steady will get you there!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 14, 2015 at 10:50am — No Comments

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Step out of your comfort zone and play in front of someone.  When we play our music in front of other people (family, friends, coffee house, open mic...) it helps us gain confidence in our playing, we usually discover that it's not as scary as we thought and that it's actually fun ~ so go ahead and step into your performance zone!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 7, 2015 at 11:13am — No Comments

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Rub your fingertips lightly on a soft fabric or your jeans!  Rubbing your fingertips on fabric (denim is good, corduroy is better) will help with the soreness, it will improve circulation in the fingertips and it will bring them back to shape after pressing on the strings ~ soft fabric = fingertip TLC!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 30, 2015 at 10:24am — No Comments

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Be sure to be on your fingertips when playing chords/notes.  In order to get your best sounding chords/notes (whether it's a new chord or one you've been playing for a while) you need to be sure you're up on your fingertips, not the flat of your finger ~ so keep your nails short and "press on"!!!!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 23, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

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Anchor your practice time.  "Anchoring", which basically means a starting point and then plus or minus you can go from there, is a way to set yourself up for practice success, for example a simple anchor would be 15 minutes each day and

additionally, commit yourself by writing it down ~ anchors away!!!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 16, 2015 at 10:31am — No Comments

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