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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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Practice is the key to your guitar playing success. Making the most of your practice time can help you improve and master your skills, songs and guitar playing goals more quickly. In this episode Marlene describes ideas to help you maximize your practice session. Original air date 01/07/21 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in …
 
The best way to become a better guitarist is to practice. If you develop a practice routine your playing sessions can turn into a habit!In this episode Marlene will help you easily set up a do-able practice routine. Original air date 04/09/20 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and ClassesCoaching Sess…
 
Got a Guitar New Year's Resolution? If so, then you're ready boost your success and achieve your goal with these simple steps. In this episode Marlene shares her simple and super specific secrets to reaching a guitar playing goal. Original air date 01/13/22 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Unlimited Lesson and Class…
 
Brrr, in the Northern Hemisphere temperatures tend to dip this time of year. That means dryer air and less than ideal temperatures for an acoustic guitar's well being! In this episode Marlene talks about cold weather effects on a guitar and strategies to safeguard your instrument. Original air date 11/26/20 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn …
 
Here's the top 5 episodes of 2022. Check it out to see if your favorites made the list! In this episode Marlene talks about the 5 most loved and listened to episodes during 2022. Episode links#5 How to Change Chords Quickly#4 How to Play By Ear#3 The Best Guitar Tuners For Acoustic Guitars#2 How to Learn to Play Guitar - In A Day!#1 4th of July Pat…
 
This classic New Year's Eve song is simple to play, will charm those around you and is a great way to ring in the new year! In this episode Marlene will show you how to play Auld Lang Syne 3 different ways. Original air date: 12/24/20 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Ulimited Lesson and ClassesCoaching Sessions Marl…
 
Tablature can add an interesting and fun skill to your playing abilities and once you learn the basics it can be fun to play!In this episode Marlene explains tablature and how to play the melody of Jingle Bells! Original air date 12/3/20 Sorry the December Gator Giveaway has ended. Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! L…
 
Christmas can mean many things, decorating a tree, gathering with family & friends, and of course Jesus' birth. Songs that reflect the sacred meaning of Christmas are a beautiful addition to your holiday music. In this episode Marlene shares background information for 3 traditional sacred songs and her playing recommendations. Sorry the December Ga…
 
There are many great holiday songs to play on your guitar and these lively Christmas songs are sure to make your (and your family and friends') spirits bright!In this episode Marlene shares 3 jolly Christmas carols including her playing recommendations and song trivia. Sorry the December Gator Giveaway has ended. Guitar Courses & Learning Resources…
 
Have you recently been asked about your gift preferences? It happens this time of year as the holidays approach, so why not be ready with a useful list of guitar player gift ideas? In this episode Marlene shares her list of 10 items that most guitarists want, need or could really use. Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day…
 
The seasons and holidays are a great time to share your beautiful guitar music and what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with this traditional song, Over the River and Through the Wood? In this episode Marlene will demonstrate 5 rhythm styles for this song. Original air date 11/19/2020 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guita…
 
It's never too early to begin prepping for you holiday music. After all, you want to be ready to rock your festive songs!In this episode Marlene shares 3 easy holiday songs to jump start your holiday repertoire. Sorry, the giveaway deadline has passed. Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Lesson of the Month ClubCoachin…
 
In this episode Marlene chats with Crystal Morris, President and Owner of Gator Co., and Rob McCoy, Senior Director of Product Management at Gator. Crystal and Rob share the Gator Cases story, their guitar case knowledge and insights, as well as their many guitar player products and accessories to help make your playing experiences the best they ca…
 
Should you use a hard case or a gig bag? It's helpful to know about each type of case so you can choose one that best meet your needs. In this episode Marlene discusses the different types of guitar cases, their uses and benefits, as well as the pros and cons of each. Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Lesson of the M…
 
Boo! Halloween is just around the corner, so here's a few songs to help you get into the 'spirit' of things! In this episode Marlene shares 3 Halloween-esque songs, Harvest Moon (Neil Young), Dead Man's Party (Oingo Boingo) & Not Dead Yet (Lord Huron). Sorry the Giveaway deadline has passed. Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar i…
 
Guitar stands are useful for many reasons, and with so many choices out there, you might be wondering which one is the best? In this episode Marlene describes guitar stand styles, features and benefits to help you choose the best stand for your needs! Sorry the Giveaway deadline has passed. Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in…
 
Pull offs, the reverse of hammer ons, is another way to play 2 notes while playing a string once. Knowing how to play both will help you to trill your way to guitar playing happiness! In this week's episode Marlene will describe easy steps to successfully play pull offs, plus how to combine it with hammer ons to play trills. Watch Marlene play pull…
 
Playing hammer ons, a guitar skill where you can quickly play two notes, is a great technique to have in your arsenal of skills. Best of all, you won't need a hammer, just your fingers!In this week's episode Marlene will describe hammering on and share her 5 steps to successfully play this fun skill! Watch Marlene play hammer ons MarlenesMusic1 on …
 
It's a good idea to be prepared for guitar necessities and those pesky little guitar emergencies! In this episode Marlene will review the 6 essential items you should have in your guitar case. Original air date: 7/9/20 Guitar Courses & Learning ResourcesLearn to Play Guitar in a Day! Lesson of the Month ClubCoaching Sessions Support this podcast sh…
 
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…
 
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