Songwriter Showcase: Laura Tsaggaris

On December 20, 2012, in Advice, Events, by Magnolia Guitar

Laura Tsaggaris “Everyman” (Overtime Records, 2013)

I just finished taping an in-studio interview with the amazingly talented singer-songwriter Laura Tsaggaris. She’s been writing, recording and performing music for about 10 years and the release of Everyman marks her third and best album to date.

The feature, called The Songwriter Showcase, will bring talented artists like Laura to Magnolia Guitar to talk about what they love about music! I hope to get it all edited soon, because I can’t wait for you to see it!

Her CD Release Party for Everyman is Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm at The Hamilton in Washington, DC.

Visit for more information and ticket prices.

Very big thanks to Robert Higgs of the band Addieville for assistance with the video.

Laura Tsaggaris – The Making of Everyman (part 1) from lauratsaggaris on Vimeo.

Resolve to Make a Difference and Win!

On December 31, 2011, in Contests, by Magnolia Guitar

Resolve to Start Something That Matters

It’s New Year’s, that time of year when we all re-dedicate ourselves to doing our best. Whether it’s a resolution to eat less, exercise more or take up a new hobby, our thoughts turn to improving ourselves when the calendar changes.

This year, why not resolve to do something a little different?

In the spirit of Six for Six, make a resolution to use your talents to make a difference for someone else. Talents are as individual as you are, so the talent you choose may be musical, visual, creative, business acuminous, or interpersonal … the sky’s the limit!

Share your New Year’s Resolution that uses your talents to make a difference in the world. On January 15, Magnolia Guitar will choose a 2012 Resolution to receive a FREE copy of Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters.

Be bold, but you need not wait for a big idea to change the world. One of the first quotes in the book says, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Here’s what you need to do:

1.) Visit and LIKE the Magnolia Guitar Facebook page. Then share your Start Something That Matters Resolution.


2.) Share your Start Something That Matters Resolution in the comments to THIS blog post below.

Also, each time you share this link on Facebook or re-tweet it on Twitter #SIXFORSIX #TOMS will earn you an additional entry.

Remember, contest ends on January 15, 2012 so Resolve to Make a Difference in 2012 and WIN a copy of Blake’s book. But hurry, because the world needs you to start something that matters.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with this wonderfully sweet performance of “What Are You Doing New Years Eve?” by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale Success!

On November 25, 2011, in Deal of the Day, News, Special Offers, by Magnolia Guitar

Sorry, the sale has concluded.

But you can still purchase Gift Certifiates and Lesson Packages online!

Thank you to everyone who purchased lessons during the Magnolia Guitar Black Friday / Cyber Monday 20% Off Guitar Lessons Sale! I look forward to seeing you at our next lesson!

Congratulations! You survived Thanksgiving and you may or may not have your special Post-Thanksgiving Stretchy Pants on! (I do.)

Give the Gift of Music: Magnolia Guitar Lessons Gift Certificates!

Now, instead of heading out to the mall (or at least saving yourself one more stop along the way), why don’t you treat yourself or a loved one to the Gift of Beginner Guitar Lessons at a Special Black Friday 20% Discount ALL WEEKEND long!

Simply pre-pay for 6-guitar lessons or more and instantly receive 20% off regular rates. Guitar Lessons can be scheduled any time after purchase, even into 2012! Offer is open to all students: Past, Present & Future!

Just select the option you want below and safely pay using your PayPal account OR with your credit card.

If the lessons are a gift for someone, let me know their name in the available field and I’ll send out an eco-friendly gift certificate you can print out or email!

You will have an option to add an address or additional notes after clicking the “Buy Now” button. Returns available minus PayPal/credit card processing fees. Please Note: Black Friday Sale does not count towards the Six for Six Program.

Good luck out there, stay safe and Happy Shopping!

Home-made DIY Guitar Case Humidifier

On November 7, 2011, in Advice, Videos, by Magnolia Guitar

Like I promised last week, here is Part 2 of my video “Humidity and Your Guitar.”

In this video, I get right to work and demonstrate how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own home-made guitar case humidifier. You’ll save money now by doing it yourself, but you’ll also save money later, because you’ll be properly maintaining your instrument over the course of its life.

Keep your instrument properly humidified in the winter or in dry climates and you won’t have to visit a tech like me needing a big ticket repair!

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Humidity & Your Guitar (Part 1 of 2)

On October 31, 2011, in Advice, Videos, by Magnolia Guitar

This past weekend, it actually snowed. And it’s still only October!

Since I had to actually turn on the heat for the first time this season, I thought I’d share this 2-part video that covers humidity, temperature and caring for your guitar in the winter.

In Part 1 below, I talk about temperature, humidity and things to consider when storing your guitar during the winter months.

In Part 2 next week, I show you how to save some money and make your own home-made guitar case humidifier for practically nothing!

One thing I don’t mention in the video is that I’m among those who prefer humidifiers that don’t go inside the guitar. When used properly, these products are safe, but some just prefer not to risk it. The humidifiers that I will show you to make next week can be placed inside the head-stock area. They work just as well, and there’s risk of water leakage inside your guitar.

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