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Tips For Guitar Playing Success

tipsforguitarplayingsuccess Marlene Hutchinson

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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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Acoustic guitars are not a 'one size fits all' instrument? In fact, there are quite a few shapes and sizes. Knowing the differences can help you to understand the guitar that best fits you. In this episode Marlene describes the various guitar shapes and sizes, and the playing styles suited for each. Original air date: 10/22/20 Guitar Courses & Lear…
 
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a nylon string acoustic guitar and a steel string acoustic guitar? The most obvious difference is of course the strings, but there's more to it including construction, sound and playability, to name a few. In this episode Marlene compares both guitar types from head to bout, and everything in be…
 
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 and toughen the skin, and how to maintain your calluses. Original air date: 7…
 
Summer's winding down but it's possible to keep the summer vibes alive with these 3 happy, carefree, and sunny songs! In this episode Marlene discusses her playing recommendations and ideas for Sheryl Crow's Soak Up The Sun The Drifter's Under The Boardwalk and Katrina and the Waves' Walking on Sunshine! Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to …
 
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…
 
Memorizing an entire song, start to finish, might seem challenging, but when broken down into manageable steps, it's very do-able. In this episode Marlene describes her 7 super simple steps to easily memorize a song. Original air date 1/28/21 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Lesson of the Month ClubCoaching Sessions…
 
All songs have a beat, count, vibe, sensation and feel - a.k.a. rhythm & tempo. A basic knowledge of these concepts is helpful when choosing a strumming or picking pattern for your songs. In this episode Marlene will explain and demonstrate both rhythm and tempo. Original air date 7/2/20 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a …
 
Are you looking for new ways to improve your guitar playing skills? These 7 suggestions can help you to creatively improve your abilities. In this episode, Marlene will share her tried and true methods for skill improvement. Original air date 6/11/20 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Lesson of the Month ClubCoaching …
 
Being able to play music 'by ear' is a wonderful skill to have in your bag of guitar playing tricks, and, here's the cool thing, it's a skill that you can develop. In this episode Marlene shares 4 simple ideas to help you learn to play guitar by ear. Original air date 9/2/21 Guitar Courses/Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Lesson of …
 
New episode! Slash chords are not chords named after Slash, the amazing guitarist of Guns 'n' Roses fame! Rather, slash chords, are chords that look, for example, like this, C/E. In this episode Marlene explains slash chords and gives examples of how to play a couple of common ones. Guitar Courses/Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Le…
 
Chord progressions can be very useful to learn - and play. They are the basis for many songs and playing them can improve your chord changing abilities. In this episode, Marlene will guide you through some basic 3 and 4 chord chord progressions. Original air date 6/18/20 Guitar Courses/Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Lesson of the …
 
Whether you're new to guitar playing or an experienced guitarist, singing the lyrics to a new song you're learning to play can be a challenge. In this episode Marlene will share her 5 proven steps to help you successfully combine singing while playing guitar. Original air date 5/28/20 Guitar Courses/Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! …
 
Sharing 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, for that matter, 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 Original air date 7/1/21 Guitar…
 
Up, up and away! Did you know your guitar can board an airplane with you? Yep, you're allowed to bring it onboard as 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 Rules go to: Thursday Tips blog Original air date 5/20…
 
If you're taking to the road this summer, take your guitar too. It's easy to pack and fun to play guitar where ever your travels take you!In this episode Marlene talks about her 8 'taking your guitar in the car' travel tips! Original air date 8/6/20, during COVID, but these tips and ideas are timeless! Guitar Courses/Learning ResourcesLearn to Play…
 
When it comes to playing rhythm on your guitar you have a few options; finger style and using a flat pick, as well as combination/hybrid versions of these rhythmic options. In this episode Marlene will share the details of how you can play your guitar using a flat pick! Original air date 5/14/20 Guitar Courses/Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar…
 
It can be annoying to play a song and hear your string(s) buzzing. Those pesky sounds can be eliminated once their origins are understood. In this episode Marlene discusses the reasons string buzzing can occur and solutions so you can get your best sound. Original air date 4/16/20 Guitar Courses/Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Less…
 
Changing from chord to chord can be one of the most challenging skills for guitar players. Changing quickly (and smoothly) is even more challenging. In this episode Marlene gives you tips and ideas to 'speed up' your chord changes while maintaining accuracy. Original air date 4/23/20 Guitar Courses/Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! L…
 
The best way to become a better guitarist is to practice, so it makes sense to develop a reasonable practice routine, one that can turn into a habit. In this episode Marlene will help you, step-by-step, to easily set up a do-able practice routine. Original air date 4/9/20 Guitar Courses/Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Lesson of the…
 
Do your fingertips feel sore during or after a playing session? If you answered yes, then you're normal. Good news though, there are strategies that can help minimize the soreness. In this episode Marlene will share simple, tired-and-true tips and ideas to help you alleviate the tenderness in your fingertips. Original air date 4/9/20 Guitar Courses…
 
The 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo, is a celebration of Hispanic culture. Playing Spanish themed songs on your guitar (la guitarra) is an instrumental way to celebrate! In this episode Marlene presents 2 popular, and easy to play, Spanish language songs, histories and translations included. Original air date 4/29/2021 For the song links go to: Thursday …
 
Seasons are a good reminder to change out your acoustic guitar strings (clean/polish your guitar too). If you're changing your strings now, during April or May (spring), you might like to think of it as a time to 'spring your strings' - out with the old strings, in with the new! In this episode Marlene takes you through the how-to's of string chang…
 
In honor of this show's recent 2nd Anniversary, we thought it would be fun to share Marlene being interviewed for The Language of Creativity podcast show. During the interview she talks about new beginnings including her own musical beginnings, her experiences learning to play guitar, her journey into teaching guitar and taking her podcast show ide…
 
Easter songs can be fun and uplifting to play and they're great for sharing with your family and friends! In this episode Marlene describes the background and playing recommendations for 2 easy classic Easter songs. Do you know anyone who would like to learn to play guitar?Be sure to share the super easy Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! course Alread…
 
Tips For Guitar Playing Success is 2 years old! In fact, April 9th, 2020 was the launch of the very first episode. Since then there have been more than 110 episodes released and more than 35,000 downloads, with listeners from more than 140 countries! In this episode Marlene will announce the top 10 most popular episodes since last April (the 1st an…
 
Rounding out the Women's History Month special series, Groundbreaking Female Guitarists, you'll learn about three more highly skilled and talented ladies from the 1980's to present day. In this episode Marlene shares the inspiring stories, playing styles and industry successes of Sheryl Crow, Orianthi and Kaki King. Do you know anyone who would lik…
 
Continuing the Groundbreaking Female Guitarists series in honor of Women's History Month, you'll learn about 3 fantastic female guitar players from the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. In this episode Marlene shares the inspiring stories, playing styles and industry successes of Joan Jett, Melissa Etheridge and Muriel Anderson. Do you know anyone who wou…
 
Celebrating Women's History Month, the series continues with the inspiring stories of 3 more groundbreaking and innovative female guitarists. In this episode Marlene discusses the guitar playing styles and music industry successes of Nancy Wilson (Heart), Bonnie Raitt & Joni Mitchell. Know anyone who would like to learn to play guitar?Be sure to sh…
 
In honor of Women's History Month, you'll be able to learn about groundbreaking female guitar players, including their playing styles and achievements. In this episode Marlene will present two amazing guitarists from the 1930's & 40's, Sister Rosita Tharpe and Peggy Jones (a.k.a. Lady Bo). Know anyone who would like to learn to play guitar?Now Live…
 
Sometimes new guitar owners are slow to start playing. Sometimes guitarists who've maybe stopped playing need a little inspiration. In either case all you need to do is find a way - to play! In this episode Marlene will talk about ideas and methods to help newbies and experienced guitarists play their instrument. Know anyone who would like to learn…
 
Learning to play guitar can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. All you'll need are these 3 basics guitar must-haves to be ready to rock 'n' roll! In this episode Marlene will talk about the 3 essential items you'll need to start playing guitar quickly and easily! New! Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! course for the absolute beginnerSave $10 when you enroll befor…
 
Many people wonder if it's really possible to learn to play guitar in just one day. Yes, it is possible, especially when you have the right course, with the right instructor. In this episode Marlene walks you through how to successfully learn to play guitar quickly and easily with her popular Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! course. New! Learn to Pla…
 
Acoustic guitar TLC, tender loving care, and attention, is most commonly given in the form of guitar body polishing, oiling the neck, and string changing. But specific guitar TLC is necessary and essential when the climate conditions change. In this episode, Marlene will share a personal weather related guitar experience and she'll cover some funda…
 
Celebrate February, Heart Month and Valentine's Day, with some musical love, as in All You Need Is Love by The Beatles. In this episode Marlene will share the song's inspiration for this well loved song, along with playing tips & suggestions. Here's the Love Letters link ~ thank you! Join the Club!Join today to support the show and for exclusive me…
 
Whoa-hoo, this is the 100th episode! So you guessed it, this week's theme includes songs to play on your guitar with 100 in their title! In this episode Marlene will discusses how to play Five For Fighting's 100 Years and The Rolling Stones' 100 Years Ago. Join the Club!Join today to support the show and for exclusive member-only benefits For virtu…
 
Tuning your guitar is one of the most important things you can do to make beautiful music. Getting an accurate tuning can be frustrating without the right tools to get the job done. In this episode Marlene talks about various clip-on electronic tuner brands and tuning apps to make your tuning life easier. Join the Club!Join today to support the sho…
 
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…
 
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