Andy Guss, Guitar Student
"I purchased "The Principles Of Correct Practice For Guitar" as part of a commitment to become more systematic and disciplined in my practicing.....I took a few group lessons. I started feeling that I was attempting to play way beyond my ability.
The number of complicated slides, rhythm changes, chord positions, pinches, pull-offs, whammys, hammer-ons, and general musical complexity boggled my mind and frustrated my fingers. My right shoulder kept aching so much that I would have to stop playing and rub it.
The Principles explained many things about playing guitar that I had not noticed or knew to be on the lookout for. Before, I was trying very hard to learn the song, play the chord transition smoothly, play faster. Now I sit very still and calm and pay attention to very subtle feelings in my body that I wasn't even looking for before.
I have looked at many guitar instruction books, and this is the only one that really addresses where to be within your body in order to become a musician.
I will spend lots of time just watching my fingers respond to my thoughts with the guitar. That rushing, frenzied, frustrated feeling in practice is gone now. Also, I was in pain before and I am not anymore. The "Principles" have helped me redefine and rediscover success in my playing and practicing."
In my first 25 years of teaching, I was stunned by how many people struggled to learn guitar. I vowed to find all the reasons why, and I did. I put them all into "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar."
Thousands of people around the world have made amazing progress using "The Principles." Many of them refer to "The Principles" as "The Holy Grail of Guitar" and "The International Bible of Guitar." If you know and use "The Principles," you will see your guitar playing life change dramatically for the better. There is no doubt of this.
Guitar Principles has fixed hundreds of guitar players that had reached a plateau caused by tension and bad habits. We will do the same for you!
Physical Mastery Of The Guitar
The only guitar instruction that gives you step by step training for getting your fingers to work with ease and control on guitar.
How To Practice For REAL Results
If you don’t know how to practice you can’t effectively train your fingers - practice is a waste of time. Guitar Principles teaches you to get solid results from every practice session.
Mastery Of All Essential Guitar Techniques
"The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar" is the beginning of the "Guitar Principles Path To Mastery". The practice methods you will learn can be used to master all essential guitar techniques.
Most players struggle with bar chords, hammers & pulls, scales, etc. because they learn them in a random and ineffective manner. Guitar Principles gives you the detailed instruction you need, with progressive exercises and methods that work for everyone who uses them!
Get Solid Results From Practice
When you learn the correct methods to practice your music you will play effortlessly. And, you will improve after every practice session!
Get Fingers That Play Easily
After you remove the tension built from years of incorrect practice, your fingers will dramatically improve in speed and precision.
I have struggled for years trying to learn left hand placement, and the mechanics of the various switches, but alone this is nearly impossible. I am 44 years old and got my first guitar at the age of 22, and it’s been a love affair ever since.
Everything Jamie describes is what I am experiencing, from having a bad teacher, to self-teaching, watching the videos of others saying here is how to play it watch me, now you do it. Without ever telling ME how the mechanics work, this is what is missing form everyone else’s training.I think I just found my inspiration again, and the last teacher I will ever have!.
I've recently started using "The Principles". I'm absolutely loving it so far. Your approach lines up perfectly with what I have learned in the past from meditation, yoga and lifting weights and seeing all the parallels is incredible and convinces me that your method will work for me.
I've been in a rut for a while, now I'm super excited about practice!
In 2012 Jamie Andreas was interviewed by Dr. Gary Marcus for his upcoming book on the science of how people learn guitar. Also interviewed were jazz legend Pat Martino and Tom Morello from "Rage Against The Machine".
"A teacher who impressed me immensely, and who takes a very different approach, was Jamie Andreas. Jamie is one of the few teachers who seems interested in the relationship between muscle and brain, and how to use one’s body efficiently. Swim coaches and golf teachers consider such questions all the time, but it’s decidedly rare in the field of music instruction.
Folks, it’s absolutely true that Jamie is the only instructor who teaches the physical ability to play guitar. Except for those teachers who are wise enough to use Jamie’s method, I suppose.
I use "The Principles" every day. I have had it for over 10 years.
The mind is a powerful practice tool, but first, the mind needs to have the right information. This information is found in “The Principles Of Correct Practice for Guitar” and other publications by Jamie Andreas. I’ve been using them for over five years now and know that this system works. Thank-you, Jamie!
Jamie's work is so incredibly unique and necessary. As a professional musician and music educator, I'm living proof that what Jamie teaches is completely valid, and it works!
If someone only cares about the chords or notes of a song, geez they don't need to pay me or any other teacher. Use Google and find that info for free. But "how" to play these things? Much different story, and Jamie is THE master at this!
Jamie, first off, thanks for the Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar. It has helped me a lot. I had struggled a lot, without realizing the amount of tightness and tension that I was unnecessarily accumulating. Whole body awareness had helped me tremendously.
Hey Jamie, I have to say you are one of the few guitar teachers I have come across who doesn`t want to just bombard students with learning loads of songs but actually teaching them how to play properly. Anyway, big respect to you. I think your methods are awesome! Cheers, Dan
Soundboard Magazine is the official publication of one of the worlds premier Guitar Organizations: "The Guitar Foundation of America". This organization adheres to the highest standards of professional guitar instruction, and so their recognition of the value of "The Principles" for all students & teachers was especially meaningful!Soundboard Says ...
"an excellent supplement to any other method book !" "enormously useful to teachers!" "most guitarists would benefit from reading this book!" "especially useful for teachers of students at all levels!" "I have recommended it highly in my guitar pedagogy class!"
Every once in a while we come across a guitar method that is different than all the others. This was the case with Jamie Andreas' "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar". It is chock full of useful advice and tips, including: how to sit, pick, pluck, fret, and achieve the most out of a practice session, attention to detail, developing the right kind of muscle memory, and the right way of building speed.
If that doesn't convince you, the book also received the silver award for best instructional material from Acoustic Guitar Magazine!
I just found your YouTube channel a couple days ago and I can't thank you enough for completely changing my life. I never realized how super locked I am in my playing. My neck became so incredibly sore because I have never relaxed or could ever see the importance of it. I truly cannot thank you enough for giving me a direction so I can advance.
Jamie, the Yoga of Guitar is a fine natural progression from the Principles to Deeper, to Beyond The Basic Practice approach. It is valuable to folks like me who have used your other works for years. As with all of the great materials you have produced over the years, it is head and shoulders above other people's material!
Thank you. Just started "The Principles". It's changing everything for me, and increasing my happiness because I now have confidence I can do this!
Thanks Jamie, you rock. When I first started playing I thought you were to technical I don't see anyone else explaining things like you do. So I wouldn't follow your suggestions, then after struggling and struggling I started watching your videos again. I guess I'm hard headed.
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