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Mikkie_Mills on 04/10/2019 at 04:20PM

How to Better Travel with Your Guitar

If you play the guitar and you want to perform you will have to travel around with your guitar. Luckily a guitar is not the biggest instrument to carry around, there are basses and kettle drums that are a lot bigger and heavier. With that being said it is important to understand that your guitar can still get extremely damaged if you do not take care of it while traveling. It is impractical to buy a new guitar every couple of months so to safe money and time you will need to keep your guitar safe and sound as you travel around with it. Whether you plan on doing some serious overseas traveling or just heading over to the next city you need to be prepared for your travels.

 

Here are 5 ways you can keep your guitar pristine while traveling:

 

Transportation

Traveling with an instrument makes life a little harder and can quickly become a drag if you do not have the right kind of transportation. If you have a car that is super small it may no be able to fit your guitar in the backseat or in the trunk. A lot of cars such as the toyota camry, will have a lot of space for your guitar and other equipment that you and your band may need to carry around.

 

If you start a band and you travel around a lot with them you may want to consider purchasing a moving van that will let your band store all of their equipment so you do not have to continually rent a moving van or use several different cars.  

 

Where You are Going

You could be going to your friend’s house or you could be traveling across the country or even be going to another country. Wherever you are going is going to be different than storing your guitar in its stand and practicing your guitar in your room. Where you are going is important is because you will need different options and different items. If you are traveling in a plane you will need to do some things to keep your guitar safe from being broken.  

 

Accessories

You are going to need a case, which will be discussed in a later section but there are other items that can make your life easier while traveling with a guitar. There are guitar humidifiers that keep your guitar nice and moist if you are traveling to a place that is extremely dry and does not have a lot of humidity. There are also foldable stands that make storage easier because regular stands are awkward to carry around and store.

 

Case

There are a lot of different cases out there on the internet and at different music stores. There are two main types of guitar cases: hard and soft. One is not necessarily better than the other but both serve a different purpose. Depending on your situation you may want a hard or a soft case and a lot of musicians will have both for different types of travel. A hard case is a smart idea if you are traveling in a bus or have a storage trailer that will likely have boxes and other items on top of your guitar. A soft case is more lightweight and perfect for taking your guitar to and from lessons or school.

 

Overseas

Traveling in a plane is different than driving a car. You will need to take extra good care of your guitar when traveling in a plane. With the changes in pressure it is easy for your guitar strings to snap and damage your guitar. To prevent this from happening you will need to loosen your strings so there is little to no tension in your strings. If you are checking your guitar you will want to put foam padding around the inside of your case so your guitar does not break when getting moved around.

What are some things you do to keep your guitar nice while traveling around? Comment below to start the conversation.

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happypuppyrecords on 10/01/2017 at 01:31AM

Well, not so good at updating the blog..

https://www.flickr.com/photos/time-to-look/14943636644/

Clearly I'm still having a mental block when it comes to writing up blog entries when there's something new.. because there's been a whole bunch of stuff since January and I haven't posted here about any of it.

 

WELL.

 

Suffice to say, you should just click the link to the Happy Puppy catalog page and browse for yourself. But I will tell you about something I've just uploaded, leaked one day early on the FMA!

For those not in Vancouver, hopefully you will still enjoy this project, but if you ARE in Vancouver, I think you'll get a kick out of it.

This whole thing started because I was Inspired by the Canadian group Wild Strawberries' GO Project. They wrote a song for each stop on the GO train line in Toronto. Wild Strawberries are one of my fave bands, you should check them out.

Anyway, my project "Canada Line: A Musical Suite in Real Time" is a non-stop collection of songs - named after each of the stations in the first zone of the Canada Line route.

Where the Wild Strawberries project names a song after each station on the GO line, this album goes one step further.

Not only is each track named after the first nine stops on the Canada Line, it's also combined with a field recording of the skytrain, beginning of the Canada Line including station announcements, starting at Waterfront Station and ending at Bridgeport

Each track/station seamlessly segues from one station stop to the next, and also plays in real time, with each song running the actual length of travel time between the stations.

It's available in two formats.. one where the whole album plays in one continous track (recommended!) and then each song is isolated separately, in case you want to use it in a podcast or whatever, without the skytrain field recording.

AND I should also point out that this album is not endorsed or funded by Translink in any way.

Have you got your Compass Card ready?

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lisacarter on 09/26/2017 at 01:12PM

Traveling Around - Lula, Mississippi - Isle of Capri Casino

What's Where

The layout of the complex is a little sprawling but the main entrance leads off to the parts of the facility. Directly inside the main entrance under the large portico is the hotel check in desk and the lobby area. The area is accentuated with a fountain and pool area that has decoy ducks floating aimlessly in the pool as well as deer and a hunter on the banks watching them. A very pleasant spot to spend a few quiet moments anticipating the excitement to come.

A hallway behind the fountain leads to one of the two casinos. The hallway contains a full service restaurant - Otis and Henry's - as well as a snack bar - O&H Express - associated with the restaurant. This casino is populated entirely by slot machines. To the west from the atrium is Calypso's Buffet where it is reasonably easy on Mondays to find a complimentary admission. Past the buffet is the second casino which has some 20 table games as well as slot machines and video poker. One of the two hotels is also located in this wing. To the east from the atrium is the second hotel.

The Hotels

The Palm Terrace Hotel and the Coral Reef Hotel have a combined 450 rooms. The Coral Reef Hotel features rooms with one king or two double beds, while the Palm Terrace Hotel has a king or a queen or two double beds. They are all equipped with flat screen televisions and coffee makers. The hotels also feature an outdoor swimming pool and an indoor exercise facility. Laundry facilities are also available for guests that have been on the road. Several combinations of accommodations are available from regular rooms through deluxe facilities and range in price from $69 during the week to $159 on the weekends. In looking at the reservation website, it would appear that space is available most of the time.

The Food

Three restaurants are available.

The Calypso Buffet features Mississippi Delta style cooking that tries to use locally grown and produced food. They have a Catfish Friday and a Seafood Saturday buffet every week. Holidays such as Easter call for special menus. Prices range from $10.99 for lunch to a normal $15.99 for dinner. Specialty menus such as Catfish Fridays are more expensive.

Otis & Henry's Bar & Grill opens at 5:00 PM each day for dinner and is open on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM for breakfast. The dinner menu contains appetizers, soups, and salads, sandwiches, and an array of entrees. The entrees are moderately priced (a fried chicken platter is $14.00).

The O&H Express is open from 7:00 AM till 2:00 AM every day. They feature breakfast sandwiches and muffins as well as grab-and-go sandwiches, burgers, nachos, and chips. Patrons can also order sandwiches from the Otis & Henry's Bar and Grill menu.

Entertainment

Periodically the casino sponsors name entertainment in the Flamingo Ballroom. The ballroom is a large facility that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. In addition to entertainment is is used for conventions, meetings, and as a venue for weddings.

The Gambling

Two casinos are present at the facility. Together they house some 1300 slot machines and video pokers. There are 20 plus table game. The casino directly down the hallway behind the atrium has slot machines. There is a cashier's cage that can handle transactions from the players club (called FanPlay).

The casino to the west of the atrium contains not only slot and video poker machines but many table games. There is a cashier's cage and a window for joining and obtaining the players club (FanPlay) benefits. They feature Blackjack (both double deck and shoe dealt), Craps, Roulette, Mississippi Stud, and a blackjack off shoot called 21+3.

Most days of the week have special contests or giveaways in progress that can enhance the guest's experience.

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Delcraft on 04/07/2014 at 03:42AM

You want to i tell you?

Wow ! i want to tell you, wow!

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diegodotta on 08/21/2011 at 06:27PM

Metrofolk

A short trip video using part of Metrofolk music Gypsy Csardas and Men's Dances from Kalotaszeg.

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