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Tips For Guitar Playing Success

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Learn how to quickly boost your guitar playing skills with these easy tips, tricks and helpful hints from successful guitarist, instructor, author and producer, Marlene Hutchinson. Known for her popular Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! program, as seen by millions on PBS, and featured on NPR and CBS, Marlene has a wonderfully simple way of helping you move through your challenges and advance your guitar playing skills.
 
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The episode two weeks ago, right before New Year's Eve, featured 15 Guitar New Year's Resolution Ideas. Now that you've set a goal you can learn the secrets to making it happen. In this episode Marlene shares her simple and super specific secrets to reaching a guitar playing goal. Join the Club!Join today to support the show and for exclusive membe…
 
These are the top 5 most listened to episodes of 2021. Check it out and see if your favorites are on the list! In this episode Marlene talks about the top 5 most loved and listened to episodes of 2021. Join the Club!Join today to support the show and for exclusive member-only benefits For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Top 5 …
 
In just a couple of days it will be 2022, so it's a great time to think about and set one guitar playing resolution (goal) for the new year. In this episode Marlene will share 15 guitar goal ideas to help stimulate and prompt your resolution. Join the Club!Join today to receive your exclusive member-only benefits AND a chance to win a $50 Guitar Ce…
 
It's time to prep for your New Year's Eve festivities and Auld Lang Syne is the perfect song to ring in 2022! In this episode Marlene talks about playing this traditional midnight song using bar chords, it's a great way to improve bar chord skills. Join the Club! Join today to receive your exclusive member-only benefits AND a chance to win a $50 Gu…
 
Have you ever wanted to play guitar with another person? Guitar duets are thrilling and it's a beautiful way to join together in music. Best of all, the sky's the limit when it comes to your creative choices and playing nuances. In this episode Marlene shares 5 tried and true tips for playing guitar duets with another person. Join the Club! Join to…
 
Christmas tablatures can be a beautiful way to musically celebrate the season. Tablatures, typically the melody of a song, is a great format for playing instrumental music on your guitar. In this episode Marlene shares 2 simple Christmas song tablatures, the song details and playing tips. Join the Club! Join today to receive your exclusive member-o…
 
Encouraging a good old fashioned sing-along with your family and friends is easy with this fun seasonal cumulative song. It's simple to play and brings a great deal of joy and laughter to your holiday festivities. In this episode Marlene talks about the song's origins, as well as creative playing recommendations. Bonus, learn the costs of purchasin…
 
Thanksgiving Day is a perfect time to be grateful for guitar - well, any day is a great time to be thankful for guitar! It's also a great day to share your guitar music with family and friends. In this episode Marlene shares both guitar gratitude and guitar playing inspirations and ideas. Join the Club! Join today to receive your exclusive member-o…
 
Music is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays and it's never too early to prep your music. You can start with these easy songs and then build your repertoire from there! In this episode Marlene guides you through playing recommendations for these simple seasonal favorites. Join the Club! Join today to receive your exclusive member-only benefit…
 
Weather changes, climate conditions, humidity and temperature can all affect your acoustic guitar. Weatherproofing your guitar is the best way to insure your guitar has a long and healthy playing life. In this episode Marlene describes 4 weatherproofing ideas and the essential 'don'ts' for your guitar's overall wellbeing. Join the Club! Join today …
 
In the United States, November 11th is set aside as a special day to honor and remember our military veterans. Songs to honor their service and sacrifices can be a very meaningful way to pay tribute. In this episode Marlene shares a couple of fairly simple and moving veteran themed songs to play on 11/11, Veterans Day. Join the Club! Join today to …
 
Steel strings are designed to enhance various playing styles and sounds, so learning about and playing around with different brands, materials and sizes can help you find your steel string sweet spot! In this episode Marlene talks about the materials used in steel string manufacturing, various string sizes and their respective attributes. For the v…
 
Get musically prepared for October 31st with these spooktacular Halloween songs ranging in skill level from fairly simple to challenging. You can take your pick or play them all! In this episode Marlene describes 3 Halloween themed songs for you to try, along with playing suggestions and tips. For the song links go to: Thursday Tips blog For virtua…
 
Both sound and durability are important acoustic guitar qualities and only a few tree species are suitable for these purposes. They're called tonewoods because they have the necessary properties to produce beautiful tones and can withstand guitar playing tension. In this episode Marlene describes tonewood species and why they are commonly used in a…
 
There are various types of guitars, some of the more common ones are acoustic and electric. Understanding the similarities and differences can help you with your overall guitar knowledge and when choosing an instrument to play. In this episode Marlene discusses the similarities and the differences, plus a comparison of acoustic and electric guitars…
 
Scales are a great way to learn the notes on your guitar, gain fretboard knowledge and it can help with finger agility and dexterity. Previous scale episodes have included the C & G scales, here's the D scale. In this episode Marlene discusses the D scale notes, locations & how to play those notes on your guitar. For the D scale tab go to: Thursday…
 
The C major chord is one of 5 foundational chords, along with A, G, E & D. As with most chords, there are several ways to play the C chord and it can be helpful to learn the variations and options. In this episode Marlene shares 3 ways to play the C chord and tips for getting your best sound. For the chord charts go to: Thursday Tips blog For virtu…
 
Each time you play a single guitar string you're playing a musical note. Becoming familiar with the notes on the individual strings and frets can be really helpful.In the episode, Marlene talks about single notes, where to find them on your guitar & tips for learning them. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Join the Club! Joi…
 
There can be many reasons not to practice and here are 7 funny ones. But instead of finding reasons not to practice, try finding reasons TO practice!In this episode Marlene shares the top 7 funniest reasons not to practice, plus several reasons TO practice. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Join the Club! Join today & receiv…
 
Being able to play by ear is a wonderful skill to have in your bag of guitar playing tricks, and it's one that you can develop. In this episode Marlene shares 4 simple ideas to help you learn to play guitar by ear. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Join the Club! Join today & receive exclusive member-only rewards!Featured on…
 
String slapping, using a part of your hand to mute the strings, can be a fun addition to your strumming and picking rhythms. It's like having your own personal drummer performing with you! In this episode Marlene describes and demonstrates 3 basic string slapping techniques for you to try. Video demonstration on YouTube ~ MarlenesMusic1 For virtual…
 
That's right, guitar AND cooking! And yes, it is a little unusual to feature a tip about both guitar playing and cooking, but surprisingly it works!In this episode Marlene shares one of her favorite (and super easy) recipes along with built in playing time while cooking. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Join the Club! Join …
 
Performing in public is fun and is a great way to share your beautiful music with others. Now that some venues have re-opened for live music, you can make your performing dreams come true! In this episode Marlene breaks down everything you'll need to know such as music prep, equipment, set up and venue booking. For virtual learning and more go to w…
 
Marlene's latest installment of her Guitar Friends Interviews features Tim Godwin, Director of Artist & Entertainment Relations at Taylor Guitars. His background includes successful careers in both the performing world and the instrumental business world. Prior to joining Taylor Guitars he was the Artist Relations Manager for Line 6. He has worked …
 
Action is a term you've likely heard of, or perhaps set-up, in reference to a guitar. It's a key component to the ease and playability of your guitar, and it can change over time. In this episode Marlene explains guitar action, what it is, and how it can affect your playing. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Join the Club! J…
 
The 2021 Summer Olympics begin this Friday, July 23rd in Tokyo, Japan. So, it's the perfect time for you to 'go for the gold' with your music by playing the 'thrill of victory' themed songs. In this episode Marlene describes the history and playing recommendations for 2 popular Olympic Games songs. For the song links go to: Thursday Tips blog For v…
 
If you dread getting up in front of people to perform, then you're not alone. Most people feel the same way. There are a few things you can do to help you move away from the fear of performing and move into the enjoyment of the experience. In this episode Marlene shares her 10 tips to help manage and alleviate performance anxiety. For virtual learn…
 
For a guitar player callused fingertips are very normal, in fact, it's kind of a right of passage! And though a bit painful to acquire, calluses are a valuable asset for your guitar playing journey. In this week's episode Marlene explains fingertip calluses, tips to build/toughen the skin and maintaining those calluses. For virtual learning and mor…
 
Sharing your festive music as you gather with your family and friends can be entertaining and fun ~ and there are many great patriotic songs you can play on the 4th of July ~ or anytime! In this episode Marlene shares 3 lively 4th of July songs for you to try. For the song links go to: Thursday Tips blog Join the Club!!! & receive exclusive member-…
 
Marlene's latest installment of her Guitar Friends Interviews features Laura B. Whitmore. Laura's impressive music industry background includes VP of Positive Grid, CBS Records, Korg, Marshall and Vox, and has worked with A-list artists including Ringo Starr, Orianthi, Colbie Callait and Joel Kosche (Collective Soul guitarist) ~ to name a few. In a…
 
Father's Day is this Sunday, so why not play some songs for your father or in honor of your father.In this episode Marlene discusses the history of and playing suggestions for 3 inspiring songs. For the song links go to: Thursday Tips blog For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Become a Member & receive exclusive member-only rewa…
 
Recording your guitar playing is a helpful skill improvement tool and it's a fun way to share your music with others.In this episode Marlene covers the essential 'how to's' of recording on your device or computer. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Join the Club ~ Become a Member & receive exclusive member-only rewards!Featur…
 
Do you have a song idea? Have you ever wanted to try writing a song? Then these simple steps can help you to begin creating and developing an idea and turning it into a song.In this episode Marlene shares 5 easy to follow steps to help you write a song. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Join the Club ~ Become a Member & rece…
 
A jam session is an opportunity to get together with your fellow guitarists (and musicians) to make music together. And now that things are opening up, why not host a jam session? In this episode Marlene talks about her own jam session experiences and advice for hosting your own. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Join the Cl…
 
Up, up and away! Now that air travel is opening up, you may be planning trips, vacations and adventures. Your guitar can be a part of your plans too, in fact it can be your carry-on. So don't leave home without it! In this episode Marlene talks about the rules and helpful hints to airplane travel with your guitar. For the Flying with Guitar FAA Rul…
 
Spring is in full swing and it's a great time to show your guitar some TLC. Thoroughly cleaning (and polishing) your guitar is important and it might even put a little 'spring' in your playing! In this episode Marlene describes simple guitar maintenance steps such as cleaning, oiling the fretboard and polishing the body. For virtual learning and mo…
 
Guitar playing can be considered a mindful - present moment awareness - activity. Additionally, you can use mindfulness techniques, like deep breathing while learning new skills, to help you gain playing abilities and muscle memories more easily. In other words, mindfulness can be instrumental to your guitar playing! In this episode Marlene draws o…
 
Cinco de Mayo, or May 5th, is a celebration of Hispanic culture, and an opportunity for you to be musically inspired. Playing these fun songs on your guitar is an instrumental way to celebrate! In this episode Marlene presents 2 popular (and easy to play) Spanish language songs, including song histories and translations. For the song links go to: T…
 
Now that you know how to play the calypso strum (2/26 episode), the next step is to add in chord changing while playing the pattern. It can be a little challenging at first, but it's the next step to being able to play this pattern in songs. In this episode Marlene takes you through the best approach to help you easily manage changing chords while …
 
A good theme, goes a long way - and this year the 'tax day' theme can work for today (4/15) or May 17th. These songs might make your day a little less taxing and a lot more fun! In this episode Marlene shares 5 tax themed songs to play on your guitar. Become a Member & receive exclusive member-only rewards! For the song links go to: Thursday Tips b…
 
Tomorrow, April 9th, marks the 1 year anniversary of the Tips For Guitar Playing Success debut! In honor of this very special occasion here's the top 10 episodes during the past 365 days! In this episode Marlene lists and briefly takes you through each of the top 10 most downloaded episodes. Facebook: Marlene's MusicTwitter: @marlenesmusic Listenab…
 
This week's episode goes a little deeper into relieving tension that can affect your playing (as discussed in last week's episode) with simple stretches and exercises to help you be more relaxed and ultimately a better guitarist. In this episode, Marlene will describe and guide you through easy stretches and exercises to help you move through tensi…
 
Tension is good for guitar strings, but it's not so good for guitar players. Muscle tension and mental stressors can affect skills such as chords, notes, scales, strumming and picking, not to mention the overall enjoyment of playing guitar.In this episode Marlene will explain how tension can affect your playing, plus ways to notice and reduce under…
 
After the C scale (October 8th episode), the G scale is the next scale you should learn. Playing different scales can help you with finger dexterity and fretboard/note familiarity.In the episode Marlene will present the G scale notes, placement and sound demonstrations so you can play along. For the G scale tab link go to: Thursday Tips blog For vi…
 
Luck o' the Irish! Talk about song inspiration (last week's episode)... St. Patrick's Day, Wednesday 3/17, is a great music occasion. There are many fun Irish songs and jigs for guitar, Irish strumming patterns too. In this episode Marlene shares some Irish songs to play, Irish inspired strumming patterns and more. For song audio & chord links, and…
 
Where does your song inspiration come from? There are several obvious, and not so obvious, influences that can trigger your guitar playing song selections.In this episode Marlene will share 6 ideas to help you gravitate to the songs you'd like to play. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Become a Member & receive exclusive mem…
 
There are many great guitar strumming patterns, and calypso is one of them. It's a fun and useful strum to have in your guitar rhythm bag of tricks!In this episode Marlene will explain the pattern basics, play examples and share muscle memory gaining tips. For the calypso strum notation go to: Thursday Tips blog For virtual learning and more go to …
 
Virtual guitar instruction is a popular way to learn, especially right now, but how do you know which one(s) will give you the playing results you're looking for? In this episode Marlene shares 7 steps to finding the best guitar video program for you! For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Become a Member & receive exclusive memb…
 
Have you ever been inspired to play a song and not sure how to find the music? Problem solved - there are several music resources that are literally at your finger tips!In this episode Marlene will discuss 3 resources to help you find the music you want to play. For virtual learning and more go to www.marlenesmusic.com Become a Member & receive exc…
 
Understanding tablature (tab) notations and symbols can help you play a song with more interesting nuances, inflections and style. They're pretty simple to learn and can add life to your songs. In this episode Marlene will discuss & demonstrate 7 common tab notations and symbols. Referenced Link: 12/3 Podcast Episode ~ Tab Basics For virtual learni…
 
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