Tag Archives: playing the mandolin

Smart resolutions for musicians and soon-to-be musicians

Mastering a Hendrix solo by the end of January probably isn’t a realistic goal, unless you’re Clapton. However, there are lots of smart resolutions you can make. Learn to play Did Santa bring you a new instrument? After you kiss … Continue reading

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Great gift ideas for musicians – when a Hello Kitty guitar strap isn’t perfect

If you can afford that vintage Fender, go for it. If your budget is smaller than the Trumps’ you might want to look at my ideas. I don’t have any sponsors so I get no cut from mentioning any of … Continue reading

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Free music instruction and tab – sometimes you get what you pay for, sometimes not

I’m a self-taught musician who learned back when the only ways to get instruction were expensive lessons, sharing with friends or good ol’ Mel Bay. I learned “Needle and the Damage Done” by dropping the needle down over and over … Continue reading

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Six ways to improve your music practice time

I’ve taught guitar, mandolin and songwriting for a few years now and I’m sometimes amused by the excuses I hear for not practicing. “We can’t find her guitar” was actually one I got a few years ago. (Guess we know … Continue reading

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