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Caring for your Guitar: Storage and Fretboard

For most musicians, the guitar is more than an instrument; it is an investment that you want to keep for as long as possible. In order to be successful at prolonging its life, you must not neglect its care. And to properly care for your classical guitars, you need to know how to store them correctly and maintain their fretbroad.

Taking care of your guitar

Storage

Properly storing your guitars is essential to preserving the instrument. The storage options for guitars can be separated into three categories: bag, stand and case. Each type has its own positive and negative aspects that you should take into consideration when choosing which type to use.

Bags

  • Pros: Bags are commonly chosen for their moderate price and versatility. Their portability and handle straps make them ideal for those who regularly travel with their guitar. They are also relatively lightweight and can be worn like a backpack.
  • Cons: Bags provide little protection for the guitar and isn’t the safest way to travel with your instrument.

Stands

  • Pros: Stands are usually the most inexpensive option for storing your guitar. This storage option is often used as a way to display your guitar as a decorative piece in your home. Stands are convenient allowing you to easily access or put away your guitar without fumbling with a case or bag.
  • Cons: Stands provide no protection for your guitar, which means they will be susceptible to the elements like dust, dirt, humidity and temperature fluctuations. Moreover, most guitars are sensitive to these elements and can easily damaged by them.

Cases

  • Cases are the best way to protect your guitars. In fact, most guitars can be safely stored in cases for many years. Cases are the ideal method to protecting your investment.
  • Cons: The biggest downside of cases is their high price range. Cases are the most expensive method for storing guitars, and for that reason many people choose other storing options.

Fretboard Care
Dirt and sweat is likely to accumulate on the guitar’s fretboard, so special care is required to properly maintained it. This will require periodically polishing it, which should be done whenever you replace the strings. Polishing the fretbroad will require a cloth and guitar polish. Use the items to polish up and down the fretboard thoroughly and carefully. Let the polish sit on the surface for about 20 seconds before rubbing the polish into the fretboard. Guitars with properly cared for fretboards will be easier to play, feel more comfortable and have a more attractive appearance then one that is neglected.

The X Factor USA : Why Carly Rose Lost to Tate Stevens

The X Factor USA

As I have predicted it, Tate Stevens won The X Factor USA over Carly Rose Sonenclar. I knew it’ll be a tight race between the two, but I sure was hoping Carly Rose will win in the end. I guess Tate’s sincere enjoyment of what he’s doing, his lovable personality, irresistible smile, and, of course, his amazing voice won the hearts of voters a thousand times over.

 

The X Factor USA Judges

This is actually my first time to watch The X Factor (didn’t even watch the local version). When I learned that Britney Spears will be judging alongside Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid, I just had to watch! I’ve been a fan of Britney ever since and I’ve looked forward to the day that I see her back on her feet again. Though most of her comments were a little generic, I think she did an awesome job! 🙂

The X Factor USA judges - Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and LA Reid

I honestly didn’t pay attention to Demi Lovato before even when I listened and liked some of her songs. This time though, I found myself agreeing many times to what she had to say. And I loved how feisty she was towards Simon. Hahaha! I think he finally met his match! Plus, I absolutely enjoyed her performance with Fifth Harmony. They rocked! 🙂

To be quite honest, I don’t like the format of The X Factor. I LOVE the concept of The Voice more than any other singing competitions on TV, but I love the unique arrangements of the songs on The X Factor. Most of them don’t work as well as the others. In the end though, I became a fan of the show, even with those awkward times when the hosts Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Mario Lopez (I have a big crush on him ^_^) will cut off someone still speaking just so they could continue with the show. 😀

 

The X Factor USA Finalists

Carly Rose vs Tate Stevens

I loved Carly Rose Sonenclar ever since she sang Brokenhearted, originally by Karmin (who I adore!!). Her voice is AMAZING and how she interpreted the song was just crazy!! Will.i.am put it quite well – ‘she’s like a little caterpillar. And you’d think she’ll turn into a butterfly, but then she turns into a dragon’. Well, not exactly (word for word) what he said, but you get the gist. Watch her video below and be awed! 😉

Week after week, I looked forward to Carly Rose’s performance. I think hers and Fifth Harmony’s are the only performances that I never skipped or fast-forwarded while watching.

Carly Rose Sonenclar should've been The X Factor USA winner

However, as the show went along, there were times when I feel like she thinks too much and every high note she hits is calculated. Still, she’s amazing with that very soulful voice. I’ve been rooting for her since the very beginning. I really wished and thought she’d win The X Factor USA Season 2 hands down, so I was surprised when Tate won.

 

Why Did Carly Rose Lose to Tate Stevens?

When I watched the finale night, I was looking forward to a Carly Rose victory. When I watched the last performances for the second time, I quite understood why Tate won. He seemed to really enjoy himself when he was performing, especially when he was on-stage with Little Big Town.

A lot of people say that LeAnn Rimes’ performance with Carly Rose cost the little diva the win, including her parents, but to be quite honest, I don’t think that’s the reason why she lost. It sure was funny that LeAnn Rimes thought Carly Rose needed HER help. She’s a good singer, but dang! She’s a mess! I wish they paired Carly Rose with Trisha Yearwood instead if they had to keep “How Do I Live” as her song for the duet.

LeAnn Rimes with Carly Rose at The X Factor USA finale

There were others who say that Carly Rose was a spoiled kid, which is just unfair and judgmental. She seems like a really good kid, quite mature for her age, so I don’t agree with their impression of her.

Another thing, Carly Rose’s competitiveness wasn’t liked by many. I’ve watched videos of her performances on Youtube and I’ve read many comments about her being too competitive. She needed to sincerely enjoy herself more. Considering she’s only 13, you’d think she’ll have more fun. But, her competitiveness really beats the kid in her. I still wish she won ‘cause she’s got the X factor. Her voice is incredibly beautiful!! 😉

Lastly, I think the young vote was split between Carly and Fifth Harmony. That’s why there should only be a Final 2 next time.

Tate Stevens, on the other hand, has this image of a family guy, a loyal and loving husband (I see a lot of women rooting for him just because of this!) and an older guy who considers THIS as his first and last chance to make his dreams a reality. C’mon, who wouldn’t vote for THAT guy, right?!

Tate Stevens is The X Factor USA Season 2 winner

One thing’s for sure – Carly’s got a bright future ahead of her and I’ll continue to be one of her fans! And I think she’ll even be more successful than Tate. Or maybe I’ll notice her more ‘cause of her genre. What do you think? 🙂

 

Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony – though I love them to death, I knew they couldn’t win over Tate or Carly Rose. But, dang! I am a BIG fan of these 5 ladies! Allyson Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei Hamilton, Lauren Michelle Jauregui, Karla Camila Cabello, and Dinah Jane Hensen — these are the names I’m sure we all won’t forget.

Fifth Harmony of The X Factor USA - the next girl group to watch!

I’m looking forward to Fifth Harmony’s career. As what Simon Cowell said during the early part of the competition, the music and entertainment scene in the US needs a new girl group. And I can’t wait to listen to Fifth Harmony’s own music! Woohoo! 🙂

I think this group is a very good role model for the young girls today. Mixed races, mixed personalities and even body types. They’re all lovable and seem to have be really good kids. That’s why I think, they’ll be very successful. 🙂

Now that The Voice (my #1 favorite singing competition on TV) and The X Factor USA are off the air, I can’t wait for American Idol. I’m not looking forward to the new judges ’cause I’m honestly tired of Randy Jackson, and I don’t like Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj as his fellow judges, so I hope we can all focus on the talent. Are we going to see another Jessica Sanchez?! 😉

The X Factor USA : Why Carly Rose Lost to Tate Stevens

The X Factor USA

As I have predicted it, Tate Stevens won The X Factor USA over Carly Rose Sonenclar. I knew it’ll be a tight race between the two, but I sure was hoping Carly Rose will win in the end. I guess Tate’s sincere enjoyment of what he’s doing, his lovable personality, irresistible smile, and, of course, his amazing voice won the hearts of voters a thousand times over.

 

The X Factor USA Judges

This is actually my first time to watch The X Factor (didn’t even watch the local version). When I learned that Britney Spears will be judging alongside Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid, I just had to watch! I’ve been a fan of Britney ever since and I’ve looked forward to the day that I see her back on her feet again. Though most of her comments were a little generic, I think she did an awesome job! 🙂

The X Factor USA judges - Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and LA Reid

I honestly didn’t pay attention to Demi Lovato before even when I listened and liked some of her songs. This time though, I found myself agreeing many times to what she had to say. And I loved how feisty she was towards Simon. Hahaha! I think he finally met his match! Plus, I absolutely enjoyed her performance with Fifth Harmony. They rocked! 🙂

To be quite honest, I don’t like the format of The X Factor. I LOVE the concept of The Voice more than any other singing competitions on TV, but I love the unique arrangements of the songs on The X Factor. Most of them don’t work as well as the others. In the end though, I became a fan of the show, even with those awkward times when the hosts Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Mario Lopez (I have a big crush on him ^_^) will cut off someone still speaking just so they could continue with the show. 😀
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No More Elevator Music : Rent a Piano

There has been a long debate amongst music artists on what is best to use for composing songs. The popular choice has always been a guitar, but many argue that if you want a larger range of notes and better rhythm, you should turn to a piano. This might not be an option for most people since acquiring your own piano can be VERY pricey. However, there are ways for you to utilize a piano for that song you have been meaning to complete or compose without having to break the bank.

Music notes

One of the best ways to accomplish this is by renting. There are many companies who offer this service, but first of all, you have to do a research on which ones are the most reliable, those that offer fair rates, and the dealers who have an extensive background in the industry like Steinway & Sons, a known designer and producer of beautiful pianos in Los Angeles who also offer piano rentals.

Piano keys

Why is it important to only rent pianos from trusted dealers? If you are performing or composing a song that might very well be the next top hit song on the radio charts, it is important to use a piano that is well-maintained, thus producing the same quality of sound like it was brand new.

If you are a striving (not struggling) music artist in Hollywood or in California, you can avail of piano rentals in Los Angeles for your music needs. And maybe, just maybe, soon, when your songs become a hit, you’d be able to purchase your very own piano. 🙂

Hollywood

Practice Makes Perfect

Though I did not come from a musically-inclined family, I have always been fascinated by musical artists and performers. I am aware that passion for music is not the only aspect that can make you a great musical performer or singer. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. What better way to perfect your craft, but to rehearse at your very own home with a guitar, or better yet, a piano. And you know well that when it comes to musical instruments, you can rely on Yamaha pianos as their name is well-known and respected in the industry.

Yamaha - a name trusted in the music industry

Buying your own piano at home can be very costly. I know that for a fact since my brother used to own one which he played so elegantly. Though there are stores and even online sellers who trade in the gray market, thus, are capable of giving you a huge discount, there will always be doubt in your mind if what they are selling is the real deal and you can’t be guaranteed about its performance.

Piano at Hotel Elizabeth

If you are after getting the best deal, and yet you want to be assured you are getting exactly what you were looking for, there are many people who have given up their old, used pianos and are selling them at very affordable prices. It is highly advisable to purchase these pianos from reliable and trustworthy vendors or dealers like Sherman Clay. This is to prevent any problems that usually happen during direct transactions.

Because of how prestigious the name Yamaha is when it comes to professional musical instruments, you can be assured by its performance and the quality of music it can produce. This means that even though you purchased an old or used Yamaha piano from a dependable dealer like Sherman Clay, you can get comfort from the fact that it was an informed decision since these sellers will tell you exactly what you’re getting. And you can just sit back and spend time enjoying your very own piano.