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Walking the Wires


Down-Home DVDs to Beat the Heat

July 25, 2012
We take a look at three summertime instructional releases that are sure to inspire you to pick up that guitar and do a little pickin’.
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Can’t Find a Gig? Make One

June 19, 2012
Opportunities are everywhere for enterprising, creative performers who are not afraid to make something happen.
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Chord Charts 101

February 22, 2012
Learn how simple and intuitive reading charts can be with this handy guide.
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How to Teach Guitar on Skype

January 26, 2012
8 tips on making video-chat guitar lessons as painless as possible.
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New Year’s Resolutions for the Acoustic Guitarist

December 28, 2011
Handy, pre-fab resolutions you can use at will.
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Get Yer Irish On

November 30, 2011
The huge difference between the way a guitar player needs to support Irish fiddle tunes versus American fiddle tunes.
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Knock ‘Em Dead: 4 Steps to Mesmerizing Your Audience

November 2, 2011
Have you ever been at a concert where the performer has the entire room mesmerized?
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The Magic of Open Mic Night

October 5, 2011
Open mics are supposed to be fun, a chance for people who don''t play professionally to play their music for their friends and families.
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Fretboard Implant

August 2, 2011
Gayla Drake Paul discusses chord theory, the importance of a key center, scales, and the fretboard implant procedure she''s working on with a student.
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Teaching Guitar With Balance

June 29, 2011
How do you teach a child what they need to know while keeping it interesting?
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Musical Soulmates and Alternate Tunings

June 7, 2011
How finding the right partners can take you down different musical paths.
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Lyrical Songwriting: Formality, Rhyming, and Structure

May 9, 2011
A few ideas for my songwriting readers that might inspire, refresh or ignite that spark.
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Walking the Wires: Three Must-See Music Documentaries

April 5, 2011
"Still Bill," Touch the Sound," and "Standing int he Shadows of Motown"
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Walking the Wires: Getting Electrified

February 4, 2011
Can a dyed-in-the-wool acoustic fingerstylist fall in love with a Tele?
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Walking the Wires: Love Your Fingers

November 29, 2010
Appreciating the magic phalanges that make the music
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Walking the Wires: Listening Outside Your Comfort Zone

November 4, 2010
Get inspired by listening to way different music than you''re used to.
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Love Your Local Luthier

October 8, 2010
Visiting a local luthier and sampling the flavors of fresh-off-the-workbench acoustics
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Handmade or Factory Made Acoustics?

August 30, 2010
Things to consider when choosing between a factory-built acoustic and a handmade one
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Save Your Voice by Altering Your Playing

August 6, 2010
How you can adjust guitar parts of cover songs to bring the vocals within reach
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