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Thursday "tip"

Play holiday inspired songs whenever you can.  The holidays are a great time to play songs that are related to the special day/time of year and you'll likely have family and friends who will join in the fun by singing  with you ~ so give this one a whirl...Happy Easter!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 17, 2014 at 8:35am — No Comments

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Lowering the "action" on your guitar can make it easier to play.  The "action", the distance between the fingerboard and the string, when set lower makes it easier to press on the strings, making it easier to play ~ this can be done by a guitar technician/repair shop or even yourself ~ easier pressing = better songs!
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P.S. Exciting news...I will be featured on 9News (Denver) this Saturday morning.  I'll be teaching the news anchors to play…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 10, 2014 at 9:17am — No Comments

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Use baby oil on the neck/fretboard of your guitar.  The wood on the neck of your guitar should be oiled a couple of times per year (do this when the strings are off during string replacement) and it's been recommended by professional guitar techs to use baby oil because it's a lighter oil ~ so go ahead and baby your neck!
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P.S. To oil the neck: put a small amount of oil on a soft cloth, then rub the oil on each fret.  Wait 10…
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on April 3, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Try practicing in the morning.  If you're challenged to fit time in your busy day for guitar playing, then try getting up a little earlier and play in the morning ~ it's a great way to fit in some practice time and a fantastic way to start the day... "the early bird catches the guitar strings!!!"
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 27, 2014 at 10:33am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Play an easy song as a warm up to your practice time.  A song that you "own", one that is simple for you to play and enjoyable, is a great way to get your fingers warmed up for the more challenging skills that you are going to be practicing, plus your mind will feel relaxed too ~ happy fingers and mind = a great practice session!
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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 20, 2014 at 4:59pm — No Comments

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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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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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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on March 6, 2014 at 6:46pm — No Comments

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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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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 27, 2014 at 4:11pm — No Comments

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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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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 20, 2014 at 10:48am — 2 Comments

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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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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 13, 2014 at 3:35pm — 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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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on February 6, 2014 at 6:02pm — No Comments

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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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on January 16, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

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Set an attainable guitar goal for 2014. It's helpful to set guitar goals (i.e. a certain song, more chords, bar chords, solos in songs, etc.), so here we go ~ fill in the blank, "In 2014 I'd like to play__________ on my guitar" ~ now get ready to make it happen!

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Happy New Year!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 26, 2013 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Have a book of holiday songs ready for an impromptu sing-along. Holiday favorites with familiar words are great, upbeat songs tend to keep things lively and then it's nice to throw in sentimental/slower tempo songs now and then ~ you never know when a gathering will turn into a sing-along, so be ready for action!

Merry Christmas and

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 19, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Play guitar for your health.  Studies have shown that playing a musical insturment lowers blood pressure and relieves stress ~ so play away all your cares!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 12, 2013 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Humidify your guitar whenever possible.  Keeping the humidity level at a constant 40% is ideal for the wood of our guitars, so keep a guitar humidifier (there are several simple ones out there!) in your case and/or near your guitar ~ 40% humidity = happy wood!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on December 5, 2013 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Be thankful for the many songs available to us. We've got a wealth of song resources at our fingertips, thanks to the Internet, like this Thanksgiving favorite Over the River and Through the Woods (link below) ~ as you gather together share your music with family and friends!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 28, 2013 at 11:04am — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Improve your concentration by playing guitar.  Your songs/music require you to concentrate on rhythm, pitch, tempo and quality of sound, sharpening your ability to concentrate which is a skill improvement we can use in our day-to-day lives ~ so go ahead and zone in on your music!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 21, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Figure out how to play a song(s) on your play list.  Our downloaded songs are usually some of our favorites and learning to play them can be great fun ~ you can even challenge yourself to change them up a little bit by adding minor chords, 7ths, some cool tabs, etc., to make it your own!

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 14, 2013 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Thursday "tip"

Close your eyes while you're practicing.  When you close your eyes you actually heighten your other senses, particularly hearing and touch, which allows your brain to process your playing in different ways ~ now you'll literally be able to "feel" your music"!

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BTW..."Learn to Play Guitar in a Day!" is airing this weekend on PBS SoCal on Sat, 11/9 @ 2 pm & Sun, 11/10 @ 1 pm, channels 10, 28 or 50, but check your local listing for the…

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Added by Marlene Hutchinson on November 7, 2013 at 3:14pm — No Comments

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