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Thursday Tip

Get in the spirit of things for the 4th of July!  Here are a few patriotic songs, chords included, to help you get in the patriotic mood and who knows, maybe you can play some of your new songs at your 4th of July festivities ~ you'll be an All-American hit!
Happy 240th 4th of July!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 30, 2016 at 9:18am — No Comments

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Make notes on your music with a pencil.  It's helpful to use a pencil to make notes on your music, that way you'll remember things like a reminder to go back to the chorus or a picking pattern that you want to use in the song, and be creative, you can use colored pencils to represent different notations ~ be pencil sharp with your songs! 
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 23, 2016 at 1:01pm — No Comments

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Temperature/humidity changes can affect your guitar. As summertime approaches, temperatures rise and we want to be mindful that our guitars are "comfortable", so here's some info to help you ~ then you and your guitar can enjoy Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime! (Youtube & the song with …
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 16, 2016 at 2:59pm — 1 Comment

Thursday Tip

Take your guitar with you on your summer vacation. One of my favorite things about playing guitar is that you can take it with you everywhere and it's even a law that you can take it on an airplane (click here for the info on the law) ~ so don't leave home without it!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 9, 2016 at 7:29pm — No Comments

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Don't be shy about playing your guitar in front of other people. Though playing in front of other people can be a bit intimidating, it can actually lead to huge breakthroughs in your playing and bonus...you;re likely to receive praise, even if you have bloopers ~ remember, just walking in the room with a guitar elevates your "cool factor"!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on June 2, 2016 at 11:04am — No Comments

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Each day play the same song at a different tempo. Tempo is how fast or slow you play a song and to help you learn to adjust to various tempos try playing the same song, but change the tempo daily (i.e. play Happy Birthday - Monday~slow, Tuesday-fast, Wednesday-medium, etc, note: a metronome is useful for this) ~ a tempo a day, keeps the guitarist in play!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 26, 2016 at 10:16am — No Comments

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Make a plan to visit a music/guitar museum. There are some really cool museums around the United States (click here for a list of museums), so try to check out one near you or make a special trip, you'll gain an interesting perspective on guitars and music, which ultimately helps your guitar playing ~…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 19, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments

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Anticipate your chord change for a smoother song. Thinking ahead to the next transition can help to eliminate the "choppy" nature of a song; helpful hints can be to recognize simple ways to move on (i.e. Am to C is just moving the 3rd finger) and anticipating the change by sound as explained in this video ~ I foresee smoother transitions ahead!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 12, 2016 at 3:51pm — No Comments

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When you have a challenge with a new song, go back to the basics. For instance many of us fumble a bit with the transitions within a song (mainly because we just want to rock the song instantly!), so take a step back and work through the chord/note changes, slowly first, then faster and then try the song again ~ soon you'll basically be playing your song!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on May 5, 2016 at 5:40pm — No Comments

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Learn about the various woods used to construct the top of the guitar neck.  The wood used on the top of the guitar neck (click here to learn about the woods) can affect the sound and play-ability, so it can be helpful to learn about the wood preferences, generally Ebony and Rosewood ~  wood knowledge, just in the "neck" of time!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 28, 2016 at 9:24am — No Comments

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Sing while playing your guitar.  Singing helps keep the song moving along, helps us maintain the rhythm of the song and it makes the song really fun, you can even sing with "style" as described by a vocal instructor in this video  ~ singing while playing guitar is like peanut butter & jelly, they just naturally go together!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 21, 2016 at 3:05pm — No Comments

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Play your guitar in front of a mirror.  It's a great way to keep your head upright, rather than down, to see how you're fingering your chords/notes and when playing your rhythm patterns (i.e. strumming and picking), which can lessen neck strain and give you a new perspective on your playing ~ reflect on your music!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 14, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

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Listen to different versions of a song.  By listening to various artists' interpretations of the same song you can hear other ways to play it which can inspire you to try that song using a variety of playing options like a tempo change (slow, medium, fast) or strumming instead of picking, etc., to make the song your own ~ variety is the spice of (guitar) life!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 7, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

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Improve your ability to hear your guitar music. Developing your "ear" for chord/note sounds can enhance your playing abilities, so give this a whirl; play a familiar song trying to anticipate, predict and make the song's chord/note changes without relying on written music, instead rely solely on what you hear ~ it will be music to your ears!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 31, 2016 at 3:04pm — No Comments

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With new songs, work on the weakest hand first.  When playing a new song it's a good idea to work on the left hand (fretting hand) skills first because it's often the weakest hand and needs more time to get oriented to the fingerings and movements (i.e. chord transitioning) ~ just think, with some fret "workouts" your song will work out!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 24, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments

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Play songs relating to a theme or holiday.  Since it's St. Patrick's Day, try playing this Irish song called Galway Girl (here are the words & chords, and this is the song in case you're not familiar with it) ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 17, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

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Learn about the science of your guitar sounds a.k.a. resonance.  Resonance: noun ~ is the quality in a sound being deep, full and reverberating, and acoustic guitar resonance is the science of the guitar body's ability to reflect the vibrating air (i.e. Helmholtz Resonance) ~ so let your good vibrations resonate!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 10, 2016 at 1:45pm — No Comments

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Boost your brain power by playing guitar. Scientific studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can increase cognitive thinking, memory and focus as illustrated in this recent (3/1/16) CNN article, Six Tips That Could Make You Smarter ~ playing guitar = brain food!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 3, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

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Try playing your guitar while standing up. The feel of playing your guitar while standing is a little different than while seated and it's a terrific way to experience your skills/positionings in a new way, without the support of the guitar body, but of course you'll need a strap (bonus: a fun strap can up your "cool factor")  ~ so stand up for guitar!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 25, 2016 at 12:13pm — No Comments

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Create your own song.  You might have some meaningful words in your head that you'd like to put to music and the good news is you can by simply starting with easy chords and strumming, and then go from there ~ you never know, you could be just a strum away from a beautiful new song of your own!
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P.S. Check out this song by Jessica Hull, a Learn to Play Guitar in a…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 18, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments

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