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What To Do When Your Guitar Playing Hits A Wall - How To Overcome Guitar Practice Challenges
By Mike Philippov - 09/23/2012 - 06:45 PM EDT

In this article I will show you 5 steps to take when you encounter a problem in your guitar playing that you do not know how to overcome. The fact is that solving any problem on guitar is entirely possible and is within your control to achieve. Read this article to find out how.

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Songwriters Are Imagineers!
By Beth Lawrence - 09/20/2012 - 03:17 PM EDT

Imagineering combined with reality is a great way to write songs that give you a protected space, so that no one really knows if it's truth or fiction.  It will remain a mystery whether or not whatever you're singing about really happened to you,  and will keep the audience guessing as to whether you are baring your soul, or just being a brilliant Imagineer!

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Using Contrast Between Verse and Chorus, as Done by R.E.M.
By Anthony Ceseri - 09/18/2012 - 03:50 AM EDT

Using contrast between your verses and choruses as a way to get them to sound different from one another, is a great way to keep your songs interesting. In this article, we'll see how R.E.M. did that, while having the meaning of their lyrics tie into that contrast to really ramp up their song’s ideas.

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CD REVIEW: Laura Monk and High Cotton - So Far
By Don Sechelski - 09/17/2012 - 08:28 PM EDT

Americana, country

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CD REVIEW: Dead Modern Villains - Wisconsin Blues
By Cyrus Rhodes - 09/16/2012 - 09:44 PM EDT

Progressive Rock/Jam band

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EP REVIEW: The Wandering Bards - Party Hat
By Cyrus Rhodes - 09/16/2012 - 12:37 PM EDT

Acoustic Folk/Rock

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Untangling the Maze of Music Conferences
By Bill Pere - 09/12/2012 - 07:43 AM EDT

Each year we hear of dozens of music events of many types, all across the country.  There are endless pitches for Conferences, Festivals, Expos and gatherings of all types.  How do you know which ones are worth your time and expense to attend?  How can you tell if attending a particular event will help you move closer to your goals?  This article will provide some insight.

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CD REVIEW: David Leinweber - Stories, Lies, and Legends
By Don Sechelski - 09/11/2012 - 08:31 PM EDT

Americana, Folk, Acoustic

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CD REVIEW: Jimmy Robinson - Guitarworks
By Don Sechelski - 09/10/2012 - 08:42 PM EDT

Americana

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CD REVIEW: ESOEBO - Esoebo
By Don Sechelski - 09/10/2012 - 07:55 PM EDT

Americana, Folk, Acoustic

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