Is there a special birdwatcher in your life? You know, that person who never travels without binoculars and who remembers a location by that rare bird he added to his life list while visiting? Here are a few ways to bring a smile to his face this Christmas: Backyard Bird Feeder’s Bible: Every birdwatcher needsContinue reading “5 Gifts for Birdwatchers”
June is just around the corner. Take some time to sharpen your knowledge of farming, music, crafts, and history. Find out how glyphosate-resistant crops work. Brush up on your mandolin technique. Teach your kids how to knit on those rainy days. Discover the story of the Stetson hat. Make a strawberry shortcake. Collect five thingsContinue reading “Get Ready for June 2016”
If you use diatomaceous earth (DE) to beat your garden pests, you will probably appreciate the Dustin-Mizer.
There are many ways of tuning your instrument. Not surprisingly, each has its own set of pros and cons: Pitch pipe: Simple and portable, but limited to standard tunings, hard to hear in noisy settings, and not accurate if you blow too softly or too forcefully. Tuning fork: Simple and accurate, but limited and hardContinue reading “Intellitouch Tuners”
Christmas is here again, and another year has come and gone already! Thank you for taking the time to browse the information and resources we dug up this year. We’re already looking forward to getting back into things next year with fresh posts, resources, quotes, and more. Looking for a little bit of reading overContinue reading “Merry Christmas 2015”
All guitarists need a capo. Yes, you can get by without one if you know your bar chords, but why not save yourself some finger fatigue and just use the capo? There are several styles of capos out there. We like the trigger-style capos from Dunlop because they can be clamped on quickly and easily,Continue reading “The Indispensable Capo”
When working with pastels, precision can be difficult to achieve. Fortunately, pastel pencils make it easier. Pastel pencils have several applications, but there are two situations in which they particularly come in handy: Laying out an initial sketch to fill in with soft pastels. Bringing out details to finish a piece of artwork. The advantageContinue reading “General’s Pastel Chalk Pencils”
A musical instrument is an investment, but it can be more than that, as well. As we play our instruments, we grow attached to them and to the memories that are associated with them. Fortunately, musical instruments require relatively little maintenance to keep them in good shape. This kit from Gibson makes taking care ofContinue reading “Gibson Luthier’s Choice Polish Set”
There’s peace of mind in knowing that you have a good instrument case. So what makes a “good” instrument case? It has to be sturdy and reliable. It needs to have a hard shell that will hold up to bumps and shocks. There are some incredible indestructible cases out there, but the nonprofessional musician sometimesContinue reading “Gator Cases”
Of course, it will take time to develop your own playing style and pick preferences, but you have to start somewhere. So what do you begin with?