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Playing Tips – Keeping Rythm

Here are some ways that you can learn to keep a steady, uninterrupted pulse.

1. Count: As you get the hang of keeping the beat, it’s a good idea to count along with the music as you play. You should count aloud at first, and eventually you’ll internalize the rhythm and can count quietly to yourself.

2. Clap: When you’re having trouble with the rhythm, put your instrument aside and count the beats aloud while clapping the rhythm. This gives you a chance to feel the rhythm in your body.

3. Tap your foot: This sounds easier than it is! Tap throughout the entire song, or tap just during the sections that are the most difficult. Also try to tap on beats two and four or even beats one and three—whichever feels best to you.

4. Sing: Don’t worry if the neighbors can hear you. If you know the lyrics of a song, singing will help you keep the rhythm going. 

5. Slow it down: Play the melody once slowly and as perfectly as possible. Then gradually speed things up. Eventually the accuracy you have at the slower speed will stay with you at the faster tempo.

Excerpted from Music Basics for Guitarists

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Parlor Guitars

Have you been thinking of getting a parlor guitar. Check out the article for a bit of background on these guitars that have a unique tone and easy portability. While you’re at it, take a look at the Avian Dove – an exquisite parlor at an affordable price.

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Multi-Scale Songbird to be Available Soon

We are very excited to announce the new multi-scale (fanned fret) Songbird.
This multi-scale addition will appeal to the purist finger-style players as well as players searching for a crisp, clear tone across all strings. Click here for a peek at this beauty.

The website will be update shortly to allow customers to order the multi-scale option. In the meantime, if you want further information or to place an order call us at 289-400-7529 or 800-805-6244.