Category Archives: Instrument accessories

Stand by your guitar…man

WM_CMA_2750_4x6I have often suggested to my students that leaving their guitar or mandolin cradled on a secure instrument stand is a sure way to end up practicing more often.   I know this holds true for myself.  If the instrument is in view and displayed on a stand, I am much more likely to walk by and pick it up and play, even if just for a few minutes.  Most of the time a few minutes becomes many minutes and before you know it you are spending some quality practice time without really ever intending to. Continue reading Stand by your guitar…man

You can pick your friends but…

P1020573Ok, I know many have heard this old chestnut:
A tourist is wandering around New York City when he stops and asks the store owner who is opening up shop for the day,” Do you know how I get to Carnegie Hall?  The busy shop owner hardly pauses to think about the question just asked to him and says “Yeah, practice, practice, practice!”

So what do I find as important as that obvious tip for improving technique for many guitar and mandolin players?  You’re looking at it.

The plectrum (or lowly “pick” )  can have a huge effect on one’s Continue reading You can pick your friends but…