Jul 11

Do I Need Natural Talent To Learn Guitar?

By Jamie Andreas | Uncategorized

Many "ordinary" people get the idea in their head that they would like to play guitar. The next thing that pops into their head is "Wait, don't you have to be talented to play the guitar.....umm, I don't know if I am talented or not"....(sigh). Am I kidding myself here, thinking I can learn to play like these obviously talented players I hear, who make me feel so inadequate?"

I spent a lot of time feeling like that myself, before I started teaching full time, saw hundreds, then thousands of people trying to learn the guitar, and then realized the truth.

The Truth About "Natural Talent"

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May 25

How Long To Learn YOUR Style Of Guitar?

By Jamie Andreas | The Informed Guitar Student

How Long To Learn  Your Style Of Guitar?

 

3 styles of guitar

Learning the different styles of guitar requires different methods.

What does it take to learn rock guitar? And how long? What does it take to learn acoustic, or classical?.

As important as training the fingers is for a guitar player, there is a lot more to learning guitar. One of the greatest needs you have as a guitar student is to have a guide through the very complex process of changing from an ordinary person into the guitar player you want to be. That process will be different for the various styles of guitar.

There are things that are the same about learning every style, and there are things that are different. For instance, all styles of guitar are played with the fingers! If you do not know how to train the more than 25 muscles that move the fingers so that they gain strength, stretch, and coordination, you will have serious problems learning any style of guitar.Continue reading

May 05

Where Do I Start On Guitar?

By Jamie Andreas | Uncategorized

The PHYSICAL & The MUSICAL: Understanding the 2 Aspects of Learning Guitar

Q: I am 58 old and I am wanting to learn to play the guitar. I do not know where to start!

Hi Jamie,

I can buy all the guitar courses I want but I do not understand the guitar. I am a retired lineman for the power company and I have done a lot of trouble shooting to find out why the electricity went out and find out what I need to do to repair it. In life threatening situations I have understood what is needed to be taken care of first but I can not just jump in and play. I can read music but understanding notes and chords on the guitar leaves me scratching my head. Can you please tell how I can understand the guitar and what do I do first?

Thank you, Christopher

Hi Chris, 

There is ONE very important thing you need to understand Chris. There are 2 aspects to learning guitar, and in the beginning, one is much more important than the other. The 2 aspects are:

1) The PHYSICAL part

2) The MUSICAL part

If you do not have the physical part on guitar, you can never get to the musical part. Think of baseball.....

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Apr 25

The Primacy of The Mind In Guitar Practice

By Jamie Andreas | Uncategorized

The title says it all. If you don’t realize that we use the mind to train the body when we practice guitar, you will have very little power to achieve results from your practice.

All of your power to teach yourself to become a guitar player and musician begins with your mind. And you also need to understand that even if you have a teacher, you are still teaching yourself every time you sit down to practice. If you don’t know what to do, and you don’t know how to do it, you will wander aimlessly.

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Apr 09

Am I Too Old To Learn Guitar?

By Jamie Andreas | The Informed Guitar Student

Are You Too Old To Learn Guitar???  As if there are not enough other things to feel insecure about when beginning guitar!

I have been anxiously asked this by a 28 year old, a 38 year old, a 46 year old, and let’s see…off the top of my head, I can remember students at age 52, 65, 77, and finally, good old Frank, who I taught when I was in my 20’s, and he was 84!

So, I have some experience with this question, and more importantly, with the answer.Continue reading

Mar 23

Separating Fingers 2 & 3 On The Left Hand On Guitar

By Jamie Andreas | Uncategorized

A very common technical issue for all guitar students is the problem of separating fingers 2 & 3. Every time the 2nd finger is used, the 3rd finger squeezes against it! This will cause problems with just about everything you play.  This problem shows itself especially in scalar playing, and for people using The Principles, it often appears as an obstacle when working on the Walking Exercises.Continue reading

Mar 06

How To Sit & Hold The Guitar For Effective Practice

By Jamie Andreas | Uncategorized

Holding the guitar correctly first and indispensable step in playing the guitar easily and without pain. Many guitar students never realize that pain from guitar playing, or repetitive strain injury, begins with how they hold the guitar. Holding the guitar correctly is the first step in getting rid of guitar pain from repetitive strain injury.

It is not possible to develop the delicate muscles of the fingers unless we are holding the guitar in a balanced way. This video will give you the information you need to make sure you are holding the guitar correctly.