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IM Resource Guide for 2014


I hope everything is fine with you and yours.  As for me, 2014 was a bit of a disaster, having lost the use of my (dominant) right hand because of a wrist issue (torn ligaments).  After surgery to remove the ligaments and the removal of three wrist bones, I developed compartment syndrome.  I won't bore you with all the details, but believe you me, the pain was unbearable, and I almost lost my hand.  In fact, up until this week I could only type with my left hand,  so things are improving.  A very close call indeed.  Hopefully, I can be a bit more prolific with my blog posts during 2015, as my hand therapy progresses.

Despite being sidelined, I've been researching IM products of interest that might help everyones' efforts to succeed.  To kick-start 2015, here's a link to Ryan Shaw's massive 2014 IM List of Resources:

Hint: scroll to the end of the guide and you'll be able to save the list as a pdf to your hard drive.

I'm sure you'll return to this guide over and over, so be sure to save it to a spot you won't forget.

It's a golden nugget — guaranteed!  In fact Ryan asks everyone who runs across additional gems to send him the info for review and possible inclusion into this active resource.


Do You Use Amazon Coupons?

Even though I'm a frequent Amazon shopper,  I wasn't aware of their convenient, product-specific savings coupons.

When you arrive at you'll see many multi-colored buttons in each of Amazon's major categories.  When you click on a category, you'll immediately be presented with up to 99 coupons that will save you money.

In fact, the top-most button will present you with free MP3 downloads!


Susan Lane’s Gallery of Fine Art

Although, at first, you might probably declare me to be very partial to my wife's artistic abilities, believe me that there's no “hidden agenda” behind my recommending her on-line art gallery.  It won't cost you a thing to swing by and view her oil paintings:

You'll especially like her works if you enjoy true, modern realism.  Trust me.

Top-10 Best Selling Products at Amazon

Did you know that you can see the Top-10 best selling products IN EVERY MAJOR AMAZON CATEGORY?

The categories updated every month, so bookmark the site and mark your calendar to stop by every 30 days.

PLUS, on the main landing page you'll find discount coupons and daily/hourly deals from Amazon.

Save time, energy, taxes.

Where? Top 10  OR

The Internet Tax Man is Coming Soon

The practice of not charging any sales tax to out-of-state, online purchasers may come to a screeching halt very soon.  There is current legislation in Congress which will impose an across the board tax on all internet transactions.

Because of the need to raise revenues and at the same time “level the playing field” for the bricks and mortar businesses competing with online retailers, I think this measure will likely pass and pass with bi-partisan support.

So prepare by making sure your checkout processes are capable of imposing a tax on all transactions, and that you keep good records for filing your sales and use taxes.

For internet buyers, I recommend that if you've been delaying purchase of any big ticket items, you consider purchasing them before the law goes into effect, or at the very least, keeping a close eye on what Congress is doing and then making the purchase before any tax law changes are implemented.

Here are two relevant links that further explain the situation:

Just a word to the wise!

Donald E. Lee’s Fine Art Gallery

At Donald Lee Fine Art you won't find any MLM activity.  It is purely a visual gallery of the maritime, still life and portrait oil paintings by one of Baltimore's finest painters of realism.

So if you are in the mood to glance through some beautiful art works, please stop in.

If you see something of particular interest, feel free to leave a comment or two.  Please be aware that in order to eliminate inappropriate or spammy comments, all comments are held for moderation before display.

Enjoy your visit!

Guitarists — Take Note!

Total Guitar Setup is Live!

Guitarists take note!

A good friend of mine has just launched his “Total Guitar Setup” site.

For those who may not be aware, a guitar's setup is defined as the process used to adjust the instrument to it's optimum performance.  To be clear, we're not talking about the player's performance, but the instrument's.

Even brand new guitars, as originally shipped from the manufacturer, are not adjusted properly. With Total Guitar Setup, you'll have the information at hand that will enable you to ensure your axe is setup correctly.

Uncle Randy will guide you through:

1. how to check the guitar neck for straightness – if you buy a guitar with a neck that is not straight, you'll be wasting your money

2. how to adjust the truss rod and climate considerations you must take into account

3. how to adjust string height

4. how to adjust your guitar's intonation sweet spot (even my classic Fender Jaguar has suffered from this anomaly for years!)

5. how to adjust your whammy bar (aka sway or tremolo bar)

6. how to adjust your pickups

7. how to adjust and maintain your tuning pegs

8. how to re-string your guitar the right way and string considerations

9. all about picks – different types and finding your preference

10. speakers and cabinets, mono and stereo setups

11. cable and strap considerations

and more, like his private Forum access where subscribers to his Total Guitar Setup tutorial can congregate and get answers to their most pressing problems.

So if you are at all serious about your playing, and want to make sure your guitar is delivering at it's peak performance, you need to check out this fantastic new resource.

 p.s. Uncle Randy is offering a free chapter that explains all the tools you will need to make all adjustments on your guitar.  Why is he doing this?  He simply wants to give you a complete example of  what you can expect from his quality tutorial before you buy the full edition of “Total Guitar Setup” at the amazing price of $9.89!