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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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Leap Day only comes around every 4 years, so how about some leap themed songs to play on your guitar? Go ahead, take the leap! In this episode Marlene talks about how to play 3 leap songs, Leap of Faith, Jump and Quantum Leap, and some fun Leap Day facts! Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coaching Sessions…
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Are you finding that you're coming up with excuses not to practice? If so, then take a look at what's really behind the excuses. In this episode Marlene talks about 3 common practice excuses, what's behind them and how to overcome them. 1/26/22 Episode Link Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coaching Sessio…
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Guitar TLC, tender loving care, is essential for a long and healthy playing life. Here's what you need to know and do! In this episode Marlene talks about climate conditions, how they effect your guitar and how to create the perfect environment. 2/10/22 episode link Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coachi…
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It's great to have love songs in your guitar repertoire, especially with Valentine's Day just around the corner! In this episode Marlene shares 3 simple love songs for you to play on your guitar. Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coaching Sessions Marlene's Tips For Guitar Playing Success book Thursday Tip…
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The NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) has a history of showcasing innovative new music products and services - and this year did not disappoint! In this episode Marlene shares the cool new guitars, accessories and technology she spotted at the recent 2024 NAMM Show. Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guita…
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Jam-uary, get it? Jam in January! Playing guitar with others is a great way to have fun while improving your skills and finding one near you is pretty simple! In this episode Marlene shares what to look for in a jam session and websites to help you find one in your area. Episode link mentioned in the podcast: How to Jam with Your Friends/Create You…
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Practice session optimization, making the most of your practice time, is easy when you map out a rocking game plan! In this episode Marlene talks about a rockin' game plan for your practice sessions. Episode links mentioned in the podcast: Maximizing Your Practice Sessions 6 Exercises to Improve Finger Strength & Dexterity Tension Relieving Exercis…
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It's a simple fact, practice makes you a better guitar player. More importantly, it's the habit or routine of practicing consistently that will help you the most. In this episode Marlene talks about her 6 easy steps to setting a productive practice routine. How to Set a Practice Routine episode Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to…
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Setting a resolution is half the battle, the other half is achieving it! And it's simple to do when you set yourself up for success. In this episode Marlene tells you about her tips and secrets to help you successfully reach your 2024 guitar resolution! Episode link, the one Marlene talks about during this episode! Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learni…
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It's that time of year to reflect on the past and think about the future, and the perfect time to think about setting a guitar playing resolution for 2024! In this episode Marlene shares her 15 guitar resolution ideas & her secrets for marking it happen. Episode Links: 15 Guitar New Year's Resolution Ideas Setting AND Keeping Your Goals How to Play…
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To celebrate the 200th episode here's the top 5 episodes since Tips For Guitar Playing Success launched on April 9, 2020. See if some of your favorites are among the most popular! In this episode Marlene talks about the 5 most popular episodes of all time and the inspiration for their topics/themes. Plus, here's the links to those episodes in case …
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Mariah Carey's popular song All I Want For Christmas is You has become a seasonal favorite and it's a blast to play on guitar! In this episode Marlene talks about the song's background and her playing recommendations to help you learn how to play this fun tune! For Guitar Gifts That ROCK, go to Sweetwater.com Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Res…
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Have you ever heard Christina Aguilera's hit song What a Girl Wants? If so, then you've heard one of the many prolific songs created by Shelly Peiken. And for anyone interested in songwriting, you don't want to miss this show filled with her expertise, tips, fun stories and so much more! In this episode Marlene chats with her special guest Shelly P…
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Carol of the Bells is a popular holiday song that sounds amazing on acoustic guitar and it's a beautiful way for you to 'ring' in the season! In this episode Marlene walks you through how to play this instrumental holiday favorite on your acoustic guitar. Get Cyber Week Deals Now at Sweetwater.com Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn…
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Over the River and Through the Wood is a Thanksgiving anthem that's fun to play on guitar, plus playing it using tablature adds a fun challenge. In this episode Marlene describes how to play 2 different tab versions of this seasonal favorite - so you can take your pick! Black Friday Deals Now at Sweetwater.com Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Re…
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These 10 must-have guitar player gift ideas are great to share with your family and friends! In this episode Marlene talks about guitar accessories and technology that make great holiday presents! Black Friday Deals Now at Sweetwater.com Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coaching Sessions Marlene's Tips Fo…
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Ya'll want to play some new country songs? Here's 3 tunes by 3 popular country artists, Dustin Lynch, Lainey Wilson & duo Dan & Shay for you to strum and sing! In this episode Marlene shares 3 current chart topping country songs that ya'll can play on your guitar Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coaching …
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Marc Seal, talented guitar player, recording artist, instructor and promotional specialist for companies like Guitar Center and Taylor Guitars, shares his journey to creating a sustainable living doing what he loves, plus he shares playing tips and his original music. In this episode Marlene chats with her friend Marc Seal about his guitar journey.…
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Now is the perfect time to play Halloween themed songs on your guitar. These popular tunes are from Spotify's 2022 Top 10 Halloween Songs - and it's scary how much fun you'll have playing them! In this episode Marlene talks about This is Halloween, Time Warp & Somebody's Watching Me, including their backgrounds and playing recommendations. Marlene'…
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This is a beautiful song with gorgeous guitar music including picking, strumming and back beats that you can play to bring this song to life on your guitar. In this episode Marlene talks about the song's background, as well as her tips for creating the guitar magic. Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coachi…
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Continuing with the Aloha spirit, here's 3 beautiful Hawaiian songs for you to play on your acoustic guitar - and don't fret (ha, ha), no slack key skills needed for these songs! In this episode Marlene shares 3 popular Hawaiian songs, 2 made famous by the Hawaiian artist known as IZ and 1 by Ziggy Marley. Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resour…
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There's a beautiful style of guitar music you'll hear in the Hawaiian Islands called Slack Key Guitar - Ki ho 'alu (loosen the key) in Hawaiian. But what is it and how is it played? In this episode Marlene describes the distinct characteristics of this style and how you can play slack key on your guitar. Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resource…
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Flat picks are commonly used in guitar playing, but did you know you can play with a thumbpick too? And they won't going flying off when you're playing! In this episode Marlene shares how to choose, wear and play guitar with thumbpick. Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coaching Sessions Marlene's Tips For …
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Buying your guitar online can be similar to an in-store shopping and purchasing experience, but here's a few things to keep in mind before you hit the 'buy' button. In this episode Marlene talks about recommendations to help you successfully purchase your instrument online. Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day…
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Jimmy Buffett's classic song Margaritaville is an anthem about a relaxed tropical lifestyle and is fairly easy to play. So grab a margarita, listen to this episode and then have fun playing Margaritaville! In this episode Marlene talks about the song's inspiration and background, plus her playing recommendations. Marlene's Guitar Courses & Learning…
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You're in for a treat! You are about to learn how to take your guitar playing to the next level - and bonus, at the end you'll hear John play a beautiful original song! In this episode you'll learn from master guitarist John Knowles, CGP (Certified Guitar Player). He discusses and demonstrates several techniques and skills that you'll want to try r…
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Hmmm, which one is better for you? That depends on a few things so it's helpful to know about both instruments before you decide! In this episode Marlene talks about the similarities and differences of acoustic guitars and ukuleles. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coaching Sessions Marlene's Tips For Guitar Playin…
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Do you have a favorite country song? Here's 3 fun and simple-to-play songs that sound great on guitar! In this episode Marlene talks about the backgrounds and how to play 3 classic country hits, I Walk the Line, Jolene & The Gambler. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Coaching Sessions Marlene's Tips For Guitar Playi…
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Getting together with other guitar players to play songs is awesome! Setting up your jam session to be relaxed, casual and fun is the 'secret sauce' to a great time for all! In this episode Marlene will share 6 ideas and suggestions, plus do's and don'ts, to create a successful jam session Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in…
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Getting familiar with natural notes (no sharps or flats) is another great way to get to know your fretboard. But how do you find them? In this episode Marlene helps you expand your fretboard knowledge by describing how to find and play natural notes, Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! MasterClasses Coaching Sessions …
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Have you ever been ready to play your guitar and you can't find your tuner? Don't fret (ha,ha), Relative Tuning to the rescue! In this episode Marlene describes relative tuning and how it can help you easily tune your guitar when you're sans tuner. See how it's done! Marlene doing Relative Tuning on YouTube Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn…
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It's never too early to start working on your holiday music, especially the challenging songs! In today's episode I'll talk about a beautiful, albeit challenging, Christmas song to play on guitar. Here's some other Christmas song episodes to re-visit too! 12/3/20 Jingle Bells 12/2/21 12 Days of Christmas 12/8/22 Jingle Bell Rock, Rockin' Around the…
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Ever expanding your repertoire, here's 3 more acoustic rock songs you should know how to play! In today's episode I'll talk about the background and my playing recommendations for 3 popular acoustic rock songs. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! MasterClasses Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/Thursday Tips Blog www.m…
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Want to improve your musical abilities? Use a metronome! It's the most effective tool you can use for one of the most important components of a song - rhythm. In this episode Marlene will talk about how they work and how you can easily get started playing along with a metronome. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Mas…
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You can have a blast playing songs with just 3 chords and there are many songs to choose from! In this episode Marlene will focus on 3 different types of songs that can be played with the same 3 chords. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! MasterClasses Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/Thursday Tips Blog www.marlenesm…
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Playing festive music on your guitar as you gather with your family and friends to celebrate the 4th of July can be entertaining and fun! In this episode Marlene shares 3 lively 4th of July Patriotic songs for you to try. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! MasterClasses Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/Thursday Tips…
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Recording your music at home (or on the road) is easier now than it's ever been - but what tools should you use? In this episode Marlene talks about recording devices that get the job done and helpful audio editing software. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! MasterClasses Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/Thursday T…
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Practice stumbling blocks are normal, but how can you get through them and get back to practicing? In this episode Marlene gives you 3 practice questions to ponder, your answers can help you get back to practicing! Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Classes Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/Thurs…
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Weather conditions, like temperature and humidity, can affect your guitar. Maintaining the ideal conditions will help you (and your guitar) stay happy. In this episode Marlene discusses temperature, humidity, and how to best protect your guitar. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Classes Coaching…
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Got a road trip planned? Why not take your guitar along for the ride? In this episode Marlene talks about her 8 'guitar in the car' travel tips, so your instrument safely makes it to your destination! Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Classes Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/Thursday Tips Blog …
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It's travel season and your guitar should go with you wherever you go including on an airplane! In this episode Marlene tells you about the ins-and-outs of easily traveling with your guitar via airplane. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Classes Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/Thursday Tips Bl…
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The NAMM Show, the annual music industry trade show, is an opportunity to check out the newest guitars, guitar accessories & technology. In this episode Marlene will tell you about some of the exciting new gear she saw, played and learned about at the recent NAMM Show 2023. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimite…
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Playing a song (or two) for your mom is a beautiful way to show her how much you care. In this week's episode Marlene will share 3 Mother's Day songs, The Mother Brandi Carlile, Thank You Mom Good Charlotte and Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Classes Coaching…
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Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of May, is a Mexican holiday to honor the 1862 Battle of La Puebla. It's a time to celebrate all things Mexico, including music! In this week's episode Marlene shares 2 fun songs about Mexico to play on May 5th! Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Classes Coaching Sessions M…
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Spring is a great time to change your strings and it's pretty easy to DIY! In this episode Marlene walks you through, step-by-step, how to change your guitar strings. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Classes Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/Thursday Tips Blog www.marlenesmusic.com Thank you to…
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In honor of Earth Day (4/22) you might like to learn more about tonewoods - the woods used for acoustic guitar construction. In this episode Marlene will talk about various wood species and why only a few are suitable for acoustic guitars. Here's what a guitar looks like before it's a guitar! new video on YouTube To hear how various tonewoods sound…
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April is International Guitar Month and here's how you can celebrate in a fun and beneficial way. In this week's episode Marlene will share her 7 ideas to honor 'all things guitar'. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Classes Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/Thursday Tips Blog www.marlenesmusic.c…
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Easter (April 9th) and Passover (April 5th-13th) are upon us. Here's how to musically celebrate these special events! In this week's episode Marlene shares easy-to-play traditional Easter and Passover songs for guitar. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Classes Coaching Sessions Marlene's Music/T…
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Here's 3 more easy to play acoustic rock songs to go along with the the 5 you learned on 2/23. Isn't it fun to continue expanding your song repertoire?! In this week's episode Marlene shares 3 easy to play songs, Good Riddance/Time of Your Life, Three Little Birds & Heart of Gold. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! U…
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