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Before You Begin Or Continue Your Classical/Fingerstyle Studies - Critical Information

If you are a student of the classical guitar, ask yourself "Do I really feel comfortable playing the pieces I have learned. Do I fee like I can play them in a relaxed, polished, and musical way? Do I feel confident that I can continue to develop and learn more complex pieces, and hope to someday sound even a little bit like the players I admire?"

For most guitar students, the honest answer here would be.....No!

The reason is simple, yet profound: the real keys to good playing are never taught in the beginning of a students training. Students are given material to play that requires an already developed set of finger muscles, and the abilty to make playing movements in a relaxed and smooth manner. Lacking these assets, the student struggles through the material given, and does the best they can. Even if the are able to "make the notes", more or less, they will be building in so many tension habits into the muscles of their upper body, that they will not really be able to make music, and certainly not keep progressing. They will hit a dead end.

At GuitarPrinciples, we do not do things this way. We give guitar students what they really need to build a solid technical foundation on guitar, and to keep building it. The essentials of this foundation are the same for all styles. They are:

  1. How you hold the guitar when practicing.
  2. How the hands and fingers are positioned during playing.
  3. How the hands and fingers function while playing.
  4. How much the student understands about effective, or correct practice. This means that the student must know how to continually solve the problems that come up in learning music. And those problems are many.

At GuitarPrinciples, we know there is simply no point in giving students music to play when all they are going to do is struggle with it just like they do with all the music they already play! (see "How Are You Growing As A Guitarist: Horizontal & Vertical Growth"). If the 4 areas of skill listed above are not in place, or being put in place, your future as a guitar player is not a happy one. If you need to begin to fix your playing problems, or are lucky enough to be starting guitar, here are the things you can do.

These are the things you can do to start on the true path of real guitar playing ability


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