Tech Notes

Have You Been Set-Up?
In this case, getting "set up" is a good thing! We're referring to having your stringed instrument serviced on occasion, the same as you do with your automobile, to keep everything running smoothly.  
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Humidity Alert!
Taylor Guitars has an excellent tutorial and video on humidity, and how to protect your guitar and other stringed instruments in dry climates.  
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Optimizing Your Computer Recording System
Alesis brings you tips and tricks to make sure your computer system will offer you the best quality in computer recording. 
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How to Tune Your Guitar!
Several different tuning methods are explained, and there is a online guitar tuner on this site. Alternate guitar tunings are included. 
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Find a Guitar Teacher!
If you don't live in Vermont, our music teacher list won't help you much. So check out this national directory of music instructors. 
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How often should you change strings?
The answer is, it's different for everyone. I always say if you can't remember how long it's been, it's time now! Here's some other fascinating information that'll help you to decide what's best for you. 
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How do I change strings on an acoustic guitar?
Many people don't do it well. Many people don't do it at all. Here's a good tutorial on how to make it happen. 
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How do I change electric guitar strings?
Electric guitar strings can be a little trickier to change. Check out this how-to video. 
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How to rehead an African djembe drum
We recommend having an experienced professional do this, and GuitarSam offers this service. But if you must do it yourself... 
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Recording Terminology
Home Recording and Studio Recording Terminology. There will be a quiz on Friday. 
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Where to get your brass and wind instruments repaired?
Look no further! GuitarSam engages Jeff Vovakes of Vermont Musical Instrument Repair for all of our brass and woodwind repair and maintenance needs. Drop-off at GuitarSam seven days a week. Jeff will contact you promptly with a repair quote. 
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Is there a reputable source for downloading sheet music?
Yes! GuitarSam links with Hal Leonard's massive on-line "Sheet Music Direct". It's safe, fast and inexpensive! Download right to your home computer. 
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How to install electric guitar pickups
GuitarSam offers pickup installation as a service. But, if you're a do-it-yourselfer, here's some video instruction from the Seymour Duncan pickup company. 
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I'm about to install Peghed tuners on my ukulele, but the instructions aren't very complete...
Our friend Peter Hurney, of Pohaku Ukulele, has an excellent tutorial on his site. 
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