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Me and My Taylor Photo Contest

July 17, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

Calling all Taylor-loving shutterbugs! We just launched the second edition of our “Me & My Taylor” photo contest. Show us in a photo what your Taylor means to you for a chance to win a GS Mini®, a Sony digital…

Taylor Guitars and Westfield Centers Present Summer Concert Series

July 10, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

This summer, Taylor Guitars and Westfield Centers are bringing live, acoustic music to shopping malls around San Diego County. Beginning July 12, visitors to Westfield Horton Plaza and Westfield North County will be treated to free performances by local Taylor…

Taylor Dealers Feature Heavily in NAMM’s ‘Top 100 Dealers’ Award Nominations

July 10, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

Congratulations to the following Taylor Guitars dealers, who have been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) among the “Top 100 Dealers” in the U.S. The awards, which are given at NAMM’s annual summer trade show in Nashville,…

34 Easy Ways to Make Your Guitar Solos and Improvisations More Interesting by Shawn Persinger

July 10, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

On first glance this list of “34 Easy Ways to Make Your Guitar Solos and Improvisations More Interesting: For All Levels, Styles and Situations” should seem obvious to many intermediate and advanced players. But a closer look will indicate that…

Celebrating The Fourth of July

June 28, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

In celebration of the Fourth of July holiday, the Taylor Guitars team will be enjoying a week of summer vacation. The Taylor factory will be closed  from Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6, so there will be no tours…

Win a Taylor T5 and tickets to see the Dirty Heads at the Catalpa Festival in NYC

June 21, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

The long-anticipated album from our friends The Dirty Heads, Cabin by the Sea, is out now! To celebrate the release, we’ve put together a cool sweepstakes prize package. Enter for a chance to win a Taylor Hawaiian koa T5-C2 guitar AND…

How to Learn New Chords and Create Your Own Chord Melodies by Shawn Persinger

June 1, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

  When I was less experienced player and I wanted to add some new chords to my playing I would learn twelve new chords, find a use for one of them and forget the other eleven until the next time…

Taylor Strummer Phillip Phillips Wins American Idol

May 24, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

Congratulations to Phillip Phillips on his American Idol win. The Leesburg, Georgia native, known for his Dave Matthews-esque sound and near upright strumming, was voted the season 11 “idol” by the show’s viewers. Throughout the series Phillip played a variety…

Using Dynamics In Your Strumming with Nate Savage

May 23, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

Have you ever been learning a new song or writing one of your own and thought to yourself “man… something is just missing from my playing”? Well, in this little article we are going to talk about dynamics and how…

CMT and Taylor Guitars Announce Winner from the Design Rascal Flatts’ Tour Guitar Contest

May 21, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

It’s not every day that fans get to become part of one of the hottest tickets in country music, but for Peter Geiger from North Carolina, he’ll get to do just that. As the winner of the Design Rascal Flatts’…

Using Accents In Your Guitar Strumming with Nate Savage

May 7, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

This lesson is going to take a look at adding accents to your strumming patterns. To do this we will take a look at a simple strumming pattern that will uses some basic accents. Throwing accents into your strumming patterns…

Developing Your Guitar Strumming Timing with Nate Savage

May 7, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

You don’t have to be the world’s greatest strummer to make great sounding music. In fact, if you can play a simple strumming pattern solid and in time it will make you sound like a real pro. In this lesson…

Taylor Celebrates National Wanna Play Music Week with Guitar Donation

May 7, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

On Saturday, May 5,  Taylor Guitars announced a musical partnership with the Encinitas Union School District, located in the northern part of San Diego County, which will place 100 Taylor SolidBody electric guitars in the school district’s classrooms over the…

Daria Musk Million G+niuses Celebration – Live May 5, 2012

May 4, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

Taylor artist and Google Hangouts phenomenon Daria Musk will be celebrating today, May 5, 2012,  along with her million-plus worldwide fans during a Hangout concert, and she has invited Taylor fans to participate in her performance. At 2 p.m. (PST)…

Building a Taylor SolidBody

April 25, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

We recently invited our friends at various magazines and blogs around the world to build their dream Taylor SolidBody. Using the online SolidBody Configurator, writers from London to Melbourne selected their pickups, colors, tailpieces and more. While the writers were…

Building a 916ce

April 13, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

  Check out the video below from Andre in our Final Assembly department:  njI8MLHw_W4 Video of njI8MLHw_W4

Teaching Kids to Rock: Inside the Center for Creative Youth

April 10, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

Since 2009 I have had the privilege of teaching music at the prestigious Center for Creative Youth in Middletown, Connecticut. CCY is a five-week pre-college residential program on the campus of Wesleyan University, now in its 36th year, which emphasizes…

Saying Goodbye to an Amp Legend

April 5, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

We were saddened to learn early today that Jim Marshall, founder, innovator and leader of Marshall Amplification, passed away. Marshall was 88 years old. Marshall paved the way for amplification, making loud louder and giving rock & roll an essential…

The Constant Strumming Technique with Nate Savage

April 4, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

As guitar players strumming is our bread and butter. Having said that, there are a several simple things that we can do to make our strumming sound like a million bucks. In this series, I am going to show you…

What is the Most Common Chord Progression in the World? with Shawn Persinger

April 4, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

  The Ubiquitous I V vi IV Chord Progression.       I am quite aware that this topic has been covered several times in other on-line music blogs and lessons; The Axis of Awesome has gone as far as to write…

Design Rascal Flatts Official Tour Guitar

April 2, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

It's not every day fans get to become part of one of the hottest tickets in country music.  This summer, one person will have the opportunity to do just that as CMT and Taylor Guitars have launched a contest to design the official guitar…

Complementary Acoustics

March 26, 2012 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: My sweetheart and I have a few Taylor guitars between us: a Baby, a SolidBody and a 414ce. I’m writing about this last one in particular. We play together frequently (at home, open mics, bars, jam sessions) and want…

Classical Guitar Update

March 26, 2012 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I was fascinated by your article about building a classical guitar and wanted to know what progress has been made on that project. -- Robert Wheeler Answer: Robert, we’ve made some progress in the area of “thinking,” which is…

Florentine Cutaways

March 26, 2012 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I am not a huge fan of standard cutaways on acoustic guitars. However, I think a Florentine cutaway is beautiful. I recently looked at a 2010 Fall LTD 816ce with the Florentine that was amazing. Why doesn’t Taylor make…

Cedar Tops for Hard Strummers

March 26, 2012 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: It’s been said that spruce tops are best for strummers, and cedar fits fingerpickers. I play in a duo, songs like “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews but also Motörhead, so I do both. I sometimes strum very hard,…