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Show Yourself Some Practice Love, Set A Routine

Adjusting The Saddle

Set aside special time a few days per week to play your guitar. Try this; print this February calendar, then schedule realistic times to practice for the remainder of the month. Place this calendar in a prominent place (it serves as a reminder to practice), then at the end of the month notice whether you’ve practiced more. Loving to practice can be routine!
Play on…
Marlene

2018-02-13T09:42:47+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Thursday Tip|Tags: |

February: Love To Practice! ~ How To Play Guitar Using A Metronome

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Ever wonder how to use a metronome when practicing? One way (see below) can help you increase your chord changing abilities. 
1. You’ll need a metronome, like this one found online.
2. Start at 50 bpm (beats per minute) and strum down 1 time for each ‘click’.
3. Add in chord changes. Once you can transition cleanly between 2 chords, without a pause, then speed it up by 5 bpm each time until you reach 80 bpm.
Love the rhythm, feel the beat!
Play on…
Marlene

2018-02-01T09:48:17+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Thursday Tip|Tags: |

How A Truss Rod Works

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Learn how a truss rod works. The truss rod. a metal rod in the guitar neck, prevents the neck from bowing due to string tension and can be adjusted* as seen here. For a guitar ~ neck tension is good!
Play on…
Marlene
*Note: you might want a professional to make the adjustments to your guitar.

2018-01-17T10:20:08+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Categories: Thursday Tip|Tags: |

Adjusting The Saddle

Adjusting The Saddle

New in 2018, monthly themes. January ~ Guitar Maintenance.
Learn ways to adjust the bridge saddle. The saddle helps to raise the strings, creating the action (string height above the fretboard). It may need adjusting, which can be a fairly simple fix as described in this article and video. ‘Saddle up’ your guitar’s action!
Play on…
Marlene
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2018-01-04T08:25:54+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: Thursday Tip|

5 Tips To Achieve Your Guitar Playing New Year’s Resolution

5 tips to achieve your guitar playing New Year’s resolution.
1.Set clear, specific goals: rather than “get better at guitar”; try something more like ‘play your favorite song’,  ‘play in front of people’, ‘write your own songs’…
2. Write it down, 
3. Tell someone about it, 
4. Focus on one skill at a time, 
5. Be ready to start
Cheers to your goal and Happy New Year!
Play on…
Marlene
P.S. Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! will air on PBS SoCal on 12/30 at 4 pm & 12/31 at 8 am 

2017-12-28T08:45:50+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Categories: Thursday Tip|Tags: |