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Play guitar frequently, just because it's good for you!  Playing an instrument (in our case a guitar) has been scientifically proven to be good for your mind, body and soul  ~ check this out http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 22, 2015 at 8:45am — No Comments

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Regular practicing is the best way to master a skill.  Playing your guitar daily is more important than the amount of time you spend, for example it's more productive to play 20 minutes each day rather than 2 - 3 hours on just one day ~ improved playing can be routine!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 15, 2015 at 9:25pm — No Comments

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Create your own guitar playing "style."  You can have more fun and add pizzazz to your guitar playing by allowing your personality to shine through ~ a good example is today's birthday honoree, Elvis Presley!
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P.S. A simple version of Hound Dog can be played with 3 chords (C, G & D) and a lot of fun rockin' attitude!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 8, 2015 at 10:07am — No Comments

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Set a guitar New Year's resolution that you will complete before the end of the year.  Sometimes we set goals and expect to complete them a few days or weeks later, but new songs/skills can take us a little while to master, so just try to complete your goal by the end of 2015 and then enjoy the journey of making it happen!
Happy New Year and
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 1, 2015 at 3:13pm — No Comments

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Celebrate the day by putting your thoughts to music.  Attached is the song We Wish You A Merry Christmas to play for your family and friends ~ spread the holiday cheer via music!.
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 25, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

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Learn all you can about guitars.  Strings, for instance, are made with a core material (wire or nylon) and then wrapped with a material, usually bronze (steel) and silver plated copper (nylon) ~ check out this cool video to be more of a guitar string expert! 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 18, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

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Have song lyrics ready for your family and friends.  Music is a wonderful way to spend time together and a sing-along is always fun, but most of the time they will only know the first verse of a song or the chorus, so have the words ready for all to join in ~ you'll all have a blast belting out the songs together!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 11, 2014 at 11:06am — No Comments

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Inspire others to play guitar, a.k.a. don't be a secret guitarist.  When you share with others the fact that you've learned to play guitar and show them how much fun you're having, then you will likely prompt them to want to try and let's face it, we shouldn't be the only ones having all the fun ~ the more guitarists the merrier!!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 4, 2014 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

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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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