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Welcome to Guitar Break Room

Guitar Break Room is a page made for taking a break from guitar learning and telling you about different products or websites that I have found to be useful.

These are mostly about music and computer but there’s other things too. Things we probably have in common.

I have come across some good sites and products in my travels around the internet and would like to tell you about them.

Some save me time and aggravation while others are convenient, informative or just fun to visit.

I hope you find this page fun, useful and interesting

My Check List
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I always check out any site, products or service before I put them on my site. I either own the product, have used the service or trust the company or site from previous dealings or reputation from a previous product or service.

Sometimes there will be two similar sites or products, that means I like them both and you can choose one or like them both too.

Music Products and Services
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Satellite Radio
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This is a great service. You can listen to music on commercial free radio. No more listening to the same DJ(jerk) on the way to work in the morning.

Depending on where you work(Allowed to Play Music) you can use this product at both work and home.

You can choose from over 130 channels for music, sports, talk shows and more.

You can listen to NFL football, NASCAR racing and tons of other things. I have another page telling you more about it.

Sirius Radio and XM Radio(Live Sports and Other Venues) have teamed up to give you anything you want in the way of radio.

About Satellite Radio

Music Downloads – Instant Music
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One interest we all share whether you play guitar or not is music.

One of the really good things about the internet is the ability to buy any song you want right from your computer.

You can buy the whole album or just one of the songs from it all without stepping out your door.

You can replace your favorite old Vinyl album with a new mp3 or wav(CD) version.

Here’s another page that goes into more detail and where I like to download music without joining a music sevice.

Download Music

Concert Tickets – Live Music
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Have you been to a concert lately? There is nothing like live music where you can feel the beat of the music besides hearing it. I like live music because you can “feel it” like turning up your stereo and feeling the bass and drums in your bones untill the neighbors complain.

I have a site that I use to get concert tickets, it has good prices and service.

They also have sports and theater tickets if your into any of those. I have a short page with links to the various ticket types. Just type in who you want to see and go get your tickets.

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Event Tickets

Indie Music
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This is a good site for finding new music and uploading some of your own songs

It’s free to join. You can sign up as an artist or a listener. You can just go and listen to music or you can get involved, it’s up to you.

Here is a place to hear new undiscovered artists. This is where every top star was at one time until they reached the right media and went on to fame.

The link below takes you to a page on this site to learn more.

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Indie Music

The link below will take you to the Indie music site.

Indie-Music

Guitar Player Survey
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This page I had on the main navigation but nobody wanted to fill it out so I put it here.

It only takes a minute and I don’t collect any secret data from your computer. Tell me what you want to learn about.

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Guitar Player Survey

Band Music Posters – The 60’s are Back
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This site I found doing some research for the site. It has posters for music, kids, TV/Movies, Sports and much more. They have band and artist posters out the wazoo, you have to see the posters.

You can get them framed ready for your wall.

Band Music Posters

Free Stuff for Guitar
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Here are a couple free things I found for guitar on the web. The first two are tuners for when you’re offline for Windows and Mac’s.

The next two are tab software programs. I use the one for windows and it works pretty good for free software.

Guitar Tuners
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Windows Tuner

Mac Tuner

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Tab Software
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Tab for Windows

Tab for Mac

Computer Related Products
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Diskeeper – Defragmenting Software

Computers are great when they’re working right and extremely annoying when they aren’t.

One of the tools or software in this case for me is a product called Diskeeper. I’ve been using it for several years.

What it does is defragment your hard drive automatically. If you don’t know what defragmenting is then your computer is probably slow.

Programs open files and leave them anywhere on your hard drive like little kids leaving their toys everywhere.

Defragmenting puts the files that programs open back where they should be so it takes a lot less time for programs to open.

They have a new version of this that stops most of the defragmenting from happening in the first place which will make your computer run even smoother.

Click on the image and check it out. It saves time and works quietly in the background.

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Undelete Software – Whoops

This product is from the same company as Diskeeper. They’re hard drive data specialists. It’s all they do.

They’re what I call straight-shooters. There are no hidden tricks in their products, services or prices.

So if you emptied your recycle bin with valuable stuff in it. You need this product before you delete anything again.

I’ve done it before in a split second they’re gone and I think to myself YOU DUMMY. Both Diskeeper and Undelete are made by the same company and are reasonably priced.

Check out Undelete by clicking the image below.

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Computer Batteries – Laptops – Tools

I found this site looking for a power tool battery and they had them despite the name of the site is Laptops for Less. They specialize in batteries for Laptops.

I bought the power tool batteries there and it was fast service, easy ordering and a better price than I could find elsewhere.

It’s not a question of if your battery dies it’s a question of when.

If your laptop is getting old but works good get a spare battery so you’re ready.

Check them out for other batteries or laptops too. They also have other computer odds and ends for home and office.

Laptop Batteries

PC Booster – Computer System Software

I have had this software on my computer for a quite a few years. I’m not sure what it does exactly but after I installed it and ran it my computer settled down

Before I installed PC Booster I was afraid to click on things because my system was unstable for some reason and things would freeze or do something else weird

This was one of those problems that I couldn’t find a solution to because I didn’t know the right question to ask.

It’s inexpensive software and the company has been around a while.

PC Booster

Printer Ink – Cheap and Fast

I have an Ink Jet printer and I found a good site for ink cartridges. They have re-manufactured cartridges and I can’t tell the difference. They installed without a problem what-so-ever.

My printer’s an Epson that has 5 cartridges 3 color and two black. I got all 5 for about 41.00 US in September 2009. The shipping was free too and super fast delivery

This will be your ink store from now on. They also have toners and other printing supplies for home and office.

www.InkPlusToner.com”>Printer Ink

PDF Creator – Secure Documents

I use this to make my pdf’s for my modes and Chord Formulas

This is a good product for making PDF’s. If you ever priced Adobe PDF software you’ll know why this is a good deal.

If you need to make secure files that nobody can change on you this is the right product.

All you do is create a document in windows word or other text software and then click on the print option, then change where it will send the document for printing to the PDF creator and it saves the file as a pdf.

You should see it with your printer in the control panel, I’m not sure if it works with Mac’s.

I use this for the internet but you may have a use for it if you email documents as a attachments or something else and want them secure.

Create PDF’s

Health and Eating Right
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Losing Weight – Losing Fat

I’m getting older and fatter. The older part I can’t do anything about but the fatter part I should be able to control.

I have a very good ebook on losing weight that explains a lot of things that about the body, food and exercise

This book concentrates on losing fat more than weight because some diets can cause you to lose muscle too.

You don’t want to lose muscle tissue no matter how much overweight you are.

Understanding Fat and Weight Lose

Even though I’m not following everything as I should what I learned has stuck in my mind and cleared up a lot of misconceptions I’ve had about foods, diets and exercise.

This book has been around for a bit and was written by Tom Ventura, a professional body builder and educated health instructor.

These guidelines can be used by anyone interested in losing weight. All you have to do is apply yourself, thats the hard part for most of us.

You’ll learn about your body type and find your specific calorie, exercise and life style change.

Are you ready to change your lifestyle and make eating right and exercising on a regular basis.

Losing fat for good is about changing your life-style. You can still eat plenty of food just different ones.

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

Herbal Remedies – Homemade Cures

I am a firm believer that cures for most of our diseases can be found from trees, shrubs, plants and food. Most medicine made today is based on plants. A lot of heart medicine is derived from the chemicals contained in Hawthorne and Bilberry berries and leaves.

However using herbs on a daily basis may decrease the chances of many diseases. You’ve seen the way the media jumped on the green tea wagon after a medical report said it had more anti-oxidants in it

Green tea is good for your body but so are a lot of other herbs and spices. The spices you add to your food can have some very good effects on your body, for instance Cinnamon helps your body digest sugars at a more even pace preventing spiking which is dangerous for Diabetics

The bottom line is Herbs and Spices do it a little at a time on a daily basis and you don’t need a prescription. The main thing they all do is boost your immune system in various ways.

It’s like exercise it becomes part of your lifestyle not a chore

So you can eat yourself healthy. Spices are naturally low in calories too.

Buyer beware when looking at herbal products that promise you youth, a full head of hair and so on. Herbs and spices aren’t drugs so the FDA can’t really control them other than the warning label you see on every bottle.

If their claims sound untrue even if you want to believe them don’t buy that product. Stay with the basic vitamins and one item herbs like Ginkgo Biloba, Echinacea and so on. Sometime a dual combo is ok like Zinc usually has vitamin D in it because it helps the body absorb it.

Here is a site where I usually go to where you can learn more about herbs.

Herbal Remedies

P.S. Don’t become your own doctor, if your doctor has you taking medicine don’t replace it with an herbal remedy because herbs aren’t as strong as medicine and besides that you can’t sue yourself.

Vitamins – Staying Healthy

To play guitar as good as you can you need to be healthy and taking vitamins along with good eating and exercise will help.

Here is another site I like to get things from. This is a simple site selling only vitamins and supplements, a no nonsense site. I like this site for its simplicity.

Sunpride Nutrition

Cooking Right

This site is a favorite of mine the Cooking Nook, I look forward to her monthly newsletter with new recipes in it.

There’s a lot of different cookbooks and recipes throughout the site plus she’s Italian which is my favorite style of cooking and eating.

Cooking Recipes

Lawn and Garden

Lawn Care

Do you like to garden and take care of your lawn?

I do up to a certain point but have you ever tried to aerate your lawn?

That’s what the worms are supposed to be doing but they can’t eat through clay.

Getting air into the ground is only part of the problem with your lawn.

The other problem is having good bacteria in the dirt to make it topsoil.

It’s not an overnight solution but it is easy to do and then you let mother nature do the dirty work.

Thats where Aerify comes in handy. It’s a liquid that you place in a hose end sprayer. You basically just water your lawn.

It’s a concentrate and a 1 quart bottle will do most lawns many times. 1-2 ounces will do 1000 square feet(approx. 30 foot x 30 foot area) of lawn.

I’ve been using this on my lawn for about 3 years now and it does make your lawn healthier. It’s also good for the soil around bushes, trees also flower and vegetable gardens.

Here are some of the things it will do.

Aerify – Organic Lawn Aerator

Eliminates the Need for Mechanical Aeration

Reduces soil compaction and loosens clay – Bad drainage areas
Provides numerous plant trace nutrients and bio-stimulants
Helps generate the soil-improving microbes for humus formation
Can be applied any time during the growing season
Increases earthworm activity. Improves overall plant health
Safe to use around sprinklers
Loosens soil and stimulates root growth
Improves air & water penetration, drainage and prevents erosion
Virtually unlimited shelf life – just avoid temperature extremes

Vital Product Information

Although some soils respond very quickly to Aerify PLUS, especially in improved drainage, we do not claim it to be an overnight miracle product.

If you understand what a good soil really is, you know that you cannot change poor clays into real soils instantly by some magic formula, or tea, enzyme, chemical, polymer or biological mix.

You need to increase aeration and soil bioactivity, raise organic matter content (usually), and then allow the soil biolife (including earthworms) to build up to levels where it can create humus and bring about the porous soil structure you are looking for.

Growing Fresh Herbs

This is an ebook I found that gives you a lot of info about growing your own herbs. You can save a lot of money doing this plus have extra fresh herbs.

Growing Fresh Herbs