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Sing along with your music to increase memory abilities.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN correspondent and neurologist, recently shared that when you sing you're using your left brain for the words and your right brain for the tune, and let's face it, singing while playing guitar is a great way to keep the song moving ~ so go ahead and belt it out!!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 20, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

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Keep your guitar warm during these cold spells.  Remember as the weather cools our guitars still like 74-76 degrees and 40% humidity, so keep the room temperature comfortable and use a humidifier as the heater can dry the air ~ if you're comfortable, your guitar will be comfortable!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 13, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

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To move quickly from chord to chord eliminate extra movement.   When you eliminate extra movement you're able to move faster, even a nanosecond can make a difference, so you should only be a 1/2' or less away from the strings at all times ~ less movement = quicker chord changes!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 6, 2014 at 10:25am — No Comments

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Play songs related to Halloween.  It's fun to change things up a little bit and play songs related to upcoming holidays, like those for Halloween including Monster Mash and Witch Doctor, but I'm sure there are more so seek them out ~ BTW...ham it up with a scary voice too!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 30, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

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 Don't be afraid to play with guitarists that are better than you.  It might seem a little intimidating to play guitar with someone who seemingly was born with a guitar in their hand, but we can learn skills and techniques that we never dreamed of simply by jamming with them ~ so throw caution to the wind and play with your rocking friends!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 23, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

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Try practicing without looking at the clock.  When you practice and get completely involved and engaged in the music you're working on and the fun you're having, without looking at the clock, you're likely to practice longer than you planned, which of course is a huge benefit to your playing ~ time flies when you're having fun!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 16, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

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Completely memorize an entire song.  You never know when you"ll be somewhere without your music and want to play guitar or be asked to play guitar, so if you have at least one song (more is good too) memorized you'll be able to play anytime, anywhere ~ be repertoire ready at a moment's notice!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 9, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

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To get good sounding chords, check that you're on your fingertips. Sometimes when fingering our chords we don't even realize that we've rolled our fingertips down on the strings, which causes a muted string sound and increases the likelihood that we'll mute another string ~ so roll up your fingertips and get to playing!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on October 2, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments

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Challenge yourself reply on your other senses to play.  For instance when you think you have a new skill down like picking, chord changes, a solo riff, etc., then try them without looking at your guitar ~ you'll probably surprise yourself by your ability to hear and/or feel the accurateness of the skill and you'll be able to look at your music or your audience!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 25, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments

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Use a music stand to hold your music.  When you have your music positioned lower than eye level you are actually causing a bit of strain to your neck and by simply using a music stand or a tabletop book stand to keep your music at eye level will help your neck to feel great while you're playing ~ so, heads up and eyes on the music!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 18, 2014 at 12:28pm — 1 Comment

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Consider guitar ergonomics when playing. Your posture and movement is important and sometimes overlooked, for instance you should sit upright with your spine and head aligned, think of an imaginary thread pulling from the top of your skull, to avoid sore shoulders and neck ~ ergo, sit up so you can rock your songs and your body!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 11, 2014 at 1:34pm — No Comments

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Play your music frequently to increase your coordination.  Playing an instrument requires hand-eye coordination, for instance when you read chords or notes your brain has to convert that into a motor pattern, sending signals to the muscles to play that chord or note, while also adding in breathing (with your singing) and rhythm ~ so go ahead and get coordinated!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on September 4, 2014 at 8:05am — No Comments

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Learn about the different woods used to make guitars.  Various woods are used, some in combination, for acoustic guitar construction because of the variety of sounds each wood produces, for example Mahogany resonates deeper tones, while Maple emits a bright sound ~ "test drive" the woods at your local guitar store to find your favorite tone!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 28, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments

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Get musically inspired by attending a concert.  Whether it's your all time favorite artist/group or just simply music you enjoy hearing, you will likely get inspired to play songs you hear and it's especially fun to look for their songs online immediately after the show so you can play them right away ~ you'll feel like a rock star!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 21, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments

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Shop for your dream guitar.  By going to guitar shops and trying out, a.k.a. "test driving", various brands and styles of guitars you will likely find the guitar of your dreams and then here's a thought ~ you might want to reward yourself with your dream guitar when you have achieved a goal (guitar or otherwise)!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 14, 2014 at 5:14pm — No Comments

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Find a guitar buddy to play with.  It's fun and motivating to have another guitarist to play with, you'll probably find that you'll be playing a lot more and perhaps trying new things that they have learned ~ guitar buddies make such great friends!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on August 7, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

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Play your guitar to increase brain activity and happiness. Studies have shown that the brain's reward center responds to music -- a brain structure called the striatum releases the chemical dopamine, which is associated with happiness and pleasure ~ so play your guitar and get happy, a.k.a. Guitar Therapy!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Thursday "tip"

Keep your guitar cool and comfortable! With the summer tempuratures soaring you want to be sure that your guitar is happy and here's a good rule: your guitar should not be exposed to climate conditions that you would not want to be exposed to, ideally 40 - 45% humidity and 65-75 °F ~ a cool guitar is cool!



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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 24, 2014 at 11:25am — 2 Comments

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Take your guitar with you on your Summer travels. One of the coolest things about playing guitar is that you can take your guitar with you everywhere and play in some of the most amazing locations ~ for instance I'm in Santa Barbara and I just played my guitar at the beach!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 17, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

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Play a song as many different ways as possible.  Try it with several different strumming patterns (i.e. basic strum, calypso, reggae, etc.), then try it with picking patterns (i.e. basic patterns, Travis picking, etc.), then use a flatpick and then try playing at different tempos ~ let your creative juices flow and you'll find there's more than 1 way to play a song!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on July 10, 2014 at 12:10pm — No Comments

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