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How to Tune an Acoustic Guitar

Introduction 

The guitar is one of the most popular musical instrument in existence, there is hardly any music star that does not know how to play the guitar. 

Guitars produce unique tones that give soulful vibes to music, vintage guitars produce richer tones than modern guitars, this is why they are preferred by many over modern guitars. 

If you are a guitar player or you own an acoustic guitar, one of the necessary skills you should have is the ability to tune your guitar properly. If you have a guitar that is not tuned properly it can cause headaches for you, it will not produce the tones you need it to produce, this can ruin your prospects as a guitar player.

Your guitar can go out of tune for several reasons, so many factors can contribute to this, such as:

  • The changes in temperature around the guitar. 
  • Increase or reduction in humidity around the guitar. 
  • Taking your guitar in or out of its case can make your guitar go out of tune.
  • Changing your strings too can cause this. 

A guitar that is out of tune can make your music sound like cats crying, the sound it would make would be terrible to listen to. Imagine playing a guitar that drifts out of tune as you play. 

How to Tune an Acoustic Guitar 

One of the first things an acoustic guitar enthusiast should learn is how to tune the guitar. This will help you keep your guitar producing its best sounds for the longest time. In this article, we are going to check out some ways you can tune your acoustic guitar.

  1. Use a Tuning App: in this day and age with all the technological advancement, it is easier to do things that were a lot harder to do in the olden days. To tune your acoustic guitar to perfect pitch you can download a tuning application on your android phone or iPhone. You can also use what is called a digital tuner. These methods are quite simple, all you need to do is download the apps and follow the instructions provided in them accordingly. Guitar companies like Fender have made some of these guitar tuning apps.
  2. Tuning by Ear: By using harmonics you can tune your acoustic guitar by ear. You can do the basic tuning by following the steps we are going to discuss below:
  • Step 1: you have to understand the notes of the strings of your guitar, if you do not have this knowledge it would be very hard to tune your guitar.
  • Step 2:  you have to know the right pegs for tuning each string, you can do this by simply following the string till you get to the tuning peg for that string. Turn the peg counterclockwise or clockwise to achieve the right pitch for the string.
  • Step 3: Turn the tuning pegs accordingly, if the pitch of the string is too sharp/high reduce it by reducing the tension on the string accordingly with the tuning peg. In the event where the pitch is too flat / ow increase the tension on the string by turning the tuning peg accordingly until you achieve the right pitch.
  • Step 4: tune the guitar strings to match each other so that the pitch of the strings will flow into each other smoothly. The exception is the B string. 
  • Step 5: play some notes and adjust the strings accordingly so that the guitar will be perfectly tuned, listen for any off-string and check the intervals to be sure everything is tuned properly. 
  • Step 6: play the guitar for a few minutes to make sure it stays in tune if it does not, retune, and play again until your acoustic guitar is perfectly tuned.

Tuning an acoustic guitar doesn’t have to be a difficult task. We hope the above tutorial helps.

Essential Oils Acne Recipe

Acne plagues people of all ages and genders, the treatments for acne are numerous and their effectiveness depends on various factors. Most people treat acne by using lotions that contain harsh chemicals, but these chemicals can damage the skin in the long run. There are other treatments available for acne, which do not involve the use of harsh chemicals. At the top of these treatments is using essential oils. There are different types of essential oils like peppermint essential oil and recipes for acne treatment. Try all-natural essential oils from NOW Foods or Plant Therapy to start.

Most people get how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle because it greatly impacts our skin. This healthy lifestyle includes eating healthy foods, sleeping well, good hygiene, drinking water, and reducing stress. Lack of this will negatively impact our skin and could lead to the breakout of acne over and over. No matter your age, your hormones will fluctuate. This coupled with stress can cause acne breakouts.

Treatment of Acne with Essential Oils

Essential oils treatment for acne can do the following:

1. They can kill bacteria on the skin.

2. Using essential oils can reduce scarring from acne.

3. When you use essential oils irritation will be reduced and redness from acne reduces.

4. The healing process is speedier when you use essential oils.

5. Using essential oils will balance the skin’s production of oil.

There have been various studies on the effectiveness of these oils in treating acne and they have positive results.

Best Essential Oils for Acne

·   Jojoba oil: This is a very powerful kind of oil that contains several good properties that are very good for the skin. Make sure you dilute this oil properly.

·   Tea tree oil: This oil can be used as an analgesic, antifungal, antibacterial, immune stimulant and various other uses.

·   Roman chamomile oil: This oil has various properties including antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory.

·   Lemongrass oil

·   Rosemary oil

·   Frankincense oil

·   Parsley oil

All these oils have potent properties that make them very good for treating acne. When essential oils are used correctly, they can be solutions to various ailments, including several skin conditions. When doing this, it is very important to use the right recipe – one that has been checked and proved.

Recipe for Acne Relief

Hold onto this recipe for when there is an outbreak of acne.

This recipe involves the use of the following ingredients:

1. Jojoba oil

2. Tea tree oil

3. Clary sage oil

The combination is an ounce of jojoba oil, at least four drops of clary sage oil, depending on the sensitivity of your skin, and finally at least four drops of tea tree oil. You can use more drops of the essential oils depending on the type of your skin, and if you have used essential oils before, check to know how sensitive you are to them. After mixing the oils, shake well and you are set to use it, apply it directly to your skin and the affected area, and you can still use a moisturizer or not depending on what you want.

This recipe works well for several reasons; the oils have various properties as earlier mentioned. They have antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and other properties. It helps dry up the acne or blemish while enriching the skin.

No matter your age, the appearance of your skin that covers your body is very important to you. Acne can affect people for various reasons and can have devastating effects on your self-esteem. Try the above recipe, and you will be on your way to better treatment of acne and higher confidence in yourself.

Stick Dulcimers: What They Are & Why They Matter to You

Stick Dulcimer

Chances are really high you’ve never heard of a stick dulcimer, and that’s sad, but about to change. Let me start by asking you some things:

  • Have you ever wanted to play an instrument?
  • Have you tried to play one before and it just didn’t work out?  (Maybe your fingers fumbled all around in a frustrating mess, or they really hurt, or you ran out of time to practice?  Maybe it was your mom’s idea to even take those stupid lessons?)

If any of the above sounds familiar, the stick dulcimer just came to your rescue and you haven’t even realized it yet. You’re about to be able to play an instrument. And if you’re already a musician, regardless of instrument, this is still for you (more on that later), because as a musician myself, I can promise you’re going to smile at the unique qualities.

Don’t believe me? Think I’m being hyperbolic? I’m about to show you how to play a song in less than 10 steps. 5 minutes of practice and you’ll be playing an instrument. But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are some very interesting facts you should know about stick dulcimers:

  • Only three strings.  Less to mess with.
  • Strings are tuned “open.”  Everything sounds nicer. Easier to keep in tune.
  • It’s fretted for just one key.  No wrong notes.  (Well, you could still have a few sour moments, but it’s really hard to sound bad)
  • Super portable.  Walk around playing it without a strap.
  • No formal music training required.

I fear you didn’t read all of that, so let’s recap for a minute. Stick dulcimers have half as many strings as a guitar, with less frets (which reduces the confusion of which notes to play when), they’re tuned so they sound good when simply strumming, and they sound good when only playing with one finger.

Backstory of the Stick Dulcimer

Some say that the only truly indigenous American instrument is the mountain dulcimer (aka “Appalachian dulcimer” or “lap dulcimer”), which is the stick dulcimer’s parent.  While others have debated the veracity of such a claim, saying that the mountain dulcimer is a direct descendant of Scottish or Nordish folk instruments, it’s undisputed that the stick dulcimer descends directly from the mountain dulcimer. They share the same fretting setup, string configuration, and string tuning.

As best as we can determine from recent study, the modern incarnation of a stick dulcimer was actually born out of the workshop of Homer Ledford, a Kentucky-based and world-renowned luthier known for his mountain dulcimers. His first stick dulcimer was dubbed the “dulcitar” and seems to have been crafted in the mid-to-late 1970’s. In the 80’s the instrument was further developed by Bob McNally, inventor of the backpacker guitar (whose design was later sold to the Martin Guitar Company), and through the 80’s and 90’s and to present a variety of other makers have continued to expand the instrument’s design and tone. (For a more extended backstory, read a “History of Stick Dulcimers.”)

The stick dulcimer is an inevitable evolution of a somewhat stationary instrument into a portable, more readily accessible (or culturally relevant and popular) version. It is held and played like a mandolin and just as travel ready. Some versions are more akin in sound characteristics to a guitar, such as the Seagull Merlin M4 (by the Canadian instrument company, Godin), while others resemble the nasal tone of a banjo. Some 4-string models (which simply double the top string) are more akin in tone to a mandolin, which is a double-stringed instrument.

Stick Dulcimer Lessons

Due to the relative anonymity of the instrument, the only ways to learn to play one are via YouTube channels, Facebook groups, or by purchasing mountain dulcimer music and inverting the notation.  (Not hard, just a bit of a pain, especially if you’re new to music!) 

For the sake of my attempt to convince you of the ease of playing one, I’ll demonstrate an American classic with one finger. I give you Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’”!

  1. Hold the stick dulcimer as you would with a guitar:  
    1. Left arm supporting the neck with your fingers able to touch the strings, and thumb touching the middle of the back of the neck
    2. Right arm wrapping around the body, holding it close, using your right hand to strike the strings. 
  2. Place left index finger on the first string (and only the first string) just behind the second fret.  The “first string” is the one that’s highest pitch, and closest to the floor when you’re holding the instrument.
  3. Strum all the strings at once with your right hand.  Go on, strum them, I’ll wait…
  4. Now slide your left hand closer to the body, positioning your index finger behind the third fret.
  5. Strum all the strings at once with your right hand.
  6. Now quickly strum the strings again, then slide your left hand back so your index finger is behind at the second fret as before.
  7. Strum all the strings at once with your right hand.
  8. Now slide your left hand closer to the tuning keys, positioning your index finger behind the first fret.
  9. Strum all the strings at once with your right hand.
  10. Repeat steps 2 – 9 until you’re comfortable with the motions.
  11. Congrats, you’re playing a freakin’ Tom Petty song.
  12. Feel proud. Like Proud Mary. Wait, that’s a different classic American song.

Find the Stick Dulcimer for YOU.

Since there are a variety of sizes, tunings, and styles of stick dulcimers, you should take a few factors into consideration when purchasing. 

  • Are you a new musician?  Go with whatever you want, you’ll like them all!
  • Are you an adult or child?  The Seagull M4 Merlin is a better fit for kids, while a full-size Strumstick could work for an adult (the frets are farther apart).
  • Do you like to keep things nice, or are you prone to beating them up?  If the second, then consider a Seagull Merlin as they’re sturdier (and less expensive)
  • Do you like a challenge?  The pickin’ stick variety has a bit more musical nuance, due to its added “6.5 fret.”

If the above info still leaves you in question, read over the resource guides on strumstick.com

Ryan Pryor is a long time guitarist, composer, recording engineer, and dulcimer enthusiast and graduate of Belmont University’s Commercial Music program, in Nashville, TN. He has been extolling the virtues of stick dulcimers since purchasing one on a whim in Asheville, NC, circa 2012. 

How to Get Rust Off Tiles

Almost every house has some type of tiles, whether on the floor or on the wall, and over time the tiles can accumulate dirt and rust, even if they are regularly cleaned the normal way. It is very easy to see stains on tile floors, tiles are usually used in places where they get wet regularly, places like the bathroom, toilet, and kitchen.

The regular wetting of the floor is what causes rust on your tile; this happens when the water on your tile mixes with iron. Iron is easily found in kitchens, bathrooms, and toilets, and the combination of all these makes it very likely that you will find rust on your tile floor. This should not make you worried, know that there are solutions to this when you apply them your tiles will be restored to their new condition.

Methods of Getting Rust Off Tiles

Using Lemon

This is great for ceramic tiles, even if you don’t like the taste or smell of lemon but its cleaning properties are undeniable, especially to remove rust from tiles. This can be done in several ways.

Pouring it directly on the rust, waiting for 5 minutes, don’t let it dry before using an old toothbrush or hard sponge and scrub the area. You can do this for harder stains by adding salt, letting it rest for 3 hours, and scrubbing it off while pouring warm water.

Another method of cleaning rust on tile with lemon is by mixing the lemon juice with bicarbonate of soda, afterward apply it to the stain then scrub it off after 30 minutes with brush and sponge.

Using Certain Condiments

There are some condiments that you can use to remove rust from your tile, these are vinegar and salt. All you have to do is mix them together to create a paste then apply the paste to the rust, you would then leave it for at least three hours, after washing the paste off the stain should be cleaned off.

Citrus (Lime or Lemon) and Borax

This mixture is quite harsh on the skin so it is advisable that you wear hand gloves when you do it, specifically protective hand gloves. While wearing the gloves mix the above-stated ingredients together, you can use lime or lemon or both, let it be a paste; spread it on the rust, after it dries you should wash it off with warm water and sponge.

Try Salt

If you have vinyl tiles the previously discussed mixtures might not work for you so here is one that will. You can mix salt and lemon or lime juice to form a paste, apply the paste to the area in question, leave it for a couple of hours then wipe it off. This method works. As the mixture remains on the rust it will absorb the rust and turn orange, this should happen before you wipe it off.

These are effective ways of getting rust off of your tiles.

Try This Hair Cutting Tutorial

Haircutting is one of the oldest parts of the beauty industry, whether male or female, the chances that you have had your haircut at one point or the other is very high. Some people like to get their haircut at salons while others like to do it themselves, no matter where you like it done and no matter your level of expertise this hair cutting tutorial article is sure to help you.

Since many barbershops and salons are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so many people are left without many options on how to cut their hair, this hair cutting tutorial will help them if they want to cut their hair themselves. Within four minutes, you can learn this method of cutting your hair.

Hair Cutting Tutorial

This tutorial is a step by step method of cutting hair. You would need certain tools, such as hair clippers, comb, sectioning clips, and scissors.

1.     First, you would have to clean and dry your hair.

2.     Comb the hair: It is advisable that you comb your hair thoroughly to help make the hair cut easier.

3.     Section your hair: This will help you know the areas of your hair you want to cut, since many people like to cut the sides and leave the top longer. If this is what you want, you would need to section the top part of your hair and clip them so they would be out of the way when you cut the sides.

4.     Reduce the sides: it is advisable that you use a clipper length that is not as short as what you usually use, this gives you room to play to help you not cut your hair shorter than you originally intended. You will start cutting from your temple, put the clippers against the temple area that you want to cut and move towards the top of your head, move your wrist accordingly as you take the strokes. Repeat this all over the temple area towards the back of your head, repeat from the other side of the head until it all blends.

5.     Make the fade: To do this, you repeat the step mentioned above with some slight variations. Stop halfway through the stroke with the clipper shortened, stopping at the ear level is advisable for a good fade.

6.     Balance the top: After you are done with the sides of the hair, release the top section of the hair and use scissors to trim it following how your head is shaped. Avoid cutting the hair straight, because that’s not the shape of the head.

7.     Trimming the top section: Use the previous method with your clipper in a rounded motion and shape and leave more length of hair. It is important that you leave extra hair, because you can easily reduce it later but if you cut it too short you cannot do anything about that.

8.     Cut the front section: Before you cut the front hair comb it upwards, trim it and style it however you want.

Poker Player Tips for Beginners

Be it for fun or to make money, playing poker has become a significant part of the lives of so many people. The drive to improve one’s poker playing skills can be quite intense. In this article, we’ll give you several poker player tips.

3 Beginning Tips for Poker Players

There are several tips out there and as you improve on your poker skills different tips can become obsolete; however, here are some of our tips:

Ask Questions

People get afraid to ask questions, which is why the casino atmosphere can increase for a novice at the poker table in a casino. When you ask questions, it doesn’t necessarily tell the people at the table that you are inexperienced. Different casinos have different ways of doing things, so if you do not know how they do things in a particular casino, ask the poker manager, the dealer, or anyone you can find that can answer your questions well.

The feeling of intimidation comes naturally at a poker table, especially when you are new. Do not get too nervous, and do not let yourself be intimidated to the point that it begins to faze you. It might help you to know that most people at that table are just as nervous as you but are hiding it behind their poker faces.

Many people get distracted by the happenings around the casino; just see past all of these, open your eyes to the beauty of the game. Relax and know that for the most part, it is a game, so zone in and focus, concentrate on what is in front of you, and the kind of game you want to play. Once you start playing and get your flow, distractions tend to dissipate.

Practice Online

It might take a while to master poker and perfect your skills. Several online platforms give you the opportunity to practice to help facilitate this; online platforms are often risk-free and help in several ways. You could also get physical chips and practice shuffling them to give you a feeling of how to go about it in the casino.

Consider Your Opponent

When you are at the table, you cannot help but think about the cards your opponents have. It is better you think about the range of cards they have and not the specific hand they may have. This is part of being an elite poker player in whatever casino and at whatever table you find yourself.

Average players of poker crack their brains to fix their opponents on a particular hand. An advanced player would think of ranges and not hands. The range, like the name implies, simply means all the possible hands a player can have specifically at a given time and situation.

Be realistic, be smart, adopt logic, and adopt a strategy that is consistent. Implement these tips in any casino, and see your poker playing improve.

How to Reset an Oil Change Light

Most times after you just finished changing your oil, you will notice that the oil change light is still appearing. Well, you have nothing to worry about as this is a common scenario that happens. The main reason for this is that you need to manually reset the light. But, before you can be successful with this task, there are some instructions that you need to follow. If you strictly follow them, then you will end up doing away with that annoying oil change light. Let us now proceed to how you can reset the changing light.

How to Reset an Oil Change Light

The general procedure to go about this has not changed; it is still the same as usual. Anyways, we will talk about the simple way to go about this task.

The general way with which you can reset an oil change light after completing basic car maintenance like an oil change is to first get the keys to your car, insert them, and turn on the car without making the engine come on. To do this, you do not have to turn the key completely, rather, half-way.

The next step is to search for the “reset” button around the dashboard. Most times, you can find it close to the fuel gauge and speedometer. Some cars have their reset button beneath the hood. The manual of your car will guide you through this.

Now, let us assume that you have located where the reset button is, hold the button until you see the flash of a message, probably, an ‘oil’ icon.

Next, take your finger away from the button and also put the ignition off. Exercise patience for a little while, and you can now turn the engine on with your car key. With this simple holding and pressing the reset button method will help you to reset your oil change light.

If you are unsure whether you can follow this method yourself, the best thing for you to do is to call a mechanic to help you or take the car to his workshop. You will be done in some minutes.

Note: Some cars have their reset button in the computer of the car, meaning that you will not be able to find any reset button. There is a tool that has been built for this purpose. If you are not ready to take care of this mess all by yourself, you should seek the help of an expert.

Conclusion

Always follow the instructions on your manual as to when to change oil and reset the light only after you have changed the oil.

Whenever you want to change the engine oil of your car, you have to be very mindful. Also, make more research on how you can know the right time to change the engine oil based on the color. Before we conclude this article, we believe that you now know an effective way to successfully reset your oil change light.

How to Make a Shrimp Trap

If you love shrimp (delicious seafood packed with nutrients like astaxanthin), there is a great chance that you have Gone to a seafood market or restaurant and were amazed at how expensive they cost. This must have made you wonder how to make a shrimp trap, so you can catch and cook your own shrimp.

Who wouldn’t want to catch their own shrimp and not have to spend a lot at the market or restaurant? This is why you should learn how to make a shrimp trap. You can create one without stress and without spending a lot, because the materials used in making the trap are readily available.

The materials you need are below.

6 Steps on How to Make a Shrimp Trap 

Clean the Sports Drink Bottle

It is important that you clean the sports drink bottle, ensuring that there is no liquid in it.

You should clean it totally by soaking it in hot water and washing it with hot water too. You can go for a vitamin water bottle or even a bottle of sports drink. Using any of the aforementioned is better than using the usual plastic bottle, because bottles of a sports drink are known to be wider.

This allows the shrimp to easily enter the bottle. If you go for a narrow bottle, the shrimp won’t easily enter. 

Cut the Bottle

Cut your bottle with a sharp knife in half towards the bottom, that place where the bottle is tapered.

Have a Cut in the Bottle

Take out your knife and cut a hole in the lid of the bottle. Ensure that the hole is large to allow the shrimp to gain entrance. Ensure that it is not too big for unneeded fish to have access.

Put Shrimp Food

You can get shrimp food in the wet market or a fishing store around you. Put it inside the bottle to bait the shrimp to enter the bottle. They are affordable to buy and will make it easier for shrimp to be ensnared.

Have Both Parts of the Bottle Connected

Replace the lid on the bottle. Have the top part of your bottle moved in an upside down motion.

Create Holes

Use a sharp pin and create holes of two inches under the bottle shrimp trap. Your shrimp will enter to eat the food.

When using your new shrimp trap, be sure to follow Fish and Wildlife regulatory guidelines for your state.

How to Cook Green Onion Sausage

Have you taken a bite of a green onion sausage? There is a great chance that you wanted to eat more and more. You may have eaten it in a restaurant or at a friend’s place and you are wondering how to cook green onion sausage. You are in luck, as we have you covered.

Learning how to cook green onion sausage is easy to do. You do not have to possess a professional chef to whip it up.

How to Cook Green Onion Sausage Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 lb coarsely ground Boston butt
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 big pureed onion
  • 6 cloves peeled and minced garlic
  • 1 bunch finely chopped green onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup ice water
  • .333 cup powdered milk

Directions:

Have your ground pork roast cubed and coarsed. Ensure that your garlic and onions are pureed. Sprinkle in your seasoning, then add your green onions with puree.

Add your water. Don’t forget to mix well before you make the patty cook.

You should taste to see if the seasoning is right.

Have it smoked from 180 to 200 degrees, then to the temperature of about 165 degrees.

How to Build Your Chest with Push Ups

When you are trying to train, you may be wondering what you should do to build your chest with push ups.

If you are looking for tips on how to build your chest with push ups, you should consider effective exercise that builds your chest, deltoids, and triceps. It takes care of the trifecta. If you want your entire core to be taken care of, push-ups wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

I can’t get enough of this exercise, because it can be done anywhere and anytime that you wish. You can do it at home, in the office, in the park, in the gym, and so on. Apart from that, you can easily build up your chest with push ups as outlined below.

How to Do Push Ups Right

  • Start by putting your hands under your shoulders.
  • Ensure that your buttocks, back, and head are held in a straight line.
  • Ensure that your legs are extended to allow the weight rest on your toes.
  • Have your glutes and core engaged.
  • Ensure that your shoulder blades are pulled back and down.
  • Have your body lowered in a controlled way, till your elbows are held at 90 degrees.
  • Ensure that your elbows are held near your body.

5 Types of Push Ups

Clap Push Up

In this type of push up, you have to land on the floor using your soft elbow, after you have clapped. It is important to note that you need much core control to do this well. It won’t be a bad idea if you decide to begin with your knees. You can also incline to understand how the timing goes.

Stagger Pylo Push Up

In this type of push up, the posture of your hands switch up once every push up is done. To some, this style may not be easy to do. You can get it done easily by switching your hands without you jumping. You should do this until you understand it well.

X-Tap Push Up

In this type of push up, you will need to have some air. This is the next thing that you do after you must have mastered the clap push up. It will spice up your push up regimen.

Double Knee Tap Push Up

Here, your lower abs will be engaged, while your butt will be lifted up, as your knees are pulled in.

Clap Behind Push Up

You need to be a lot flexible and mobile to get this done. You should start by ensuring that your shoulders are warmed up. This is a great exercise.

Which push up will you use to build your chest up?

And don’t forget to pump your body with proper nutrition and supplements to help maintain your overall health and strength as well. Try Pure Solutions Paleo Pump Pre-Workout and NOW Foods ZMA Sports Recovery.