How To Practice Guitar: The Principles Of Correct Practice

By Jamie Andreas | The Principles

Dec 27

How To Practice Guitar For Maximum Results: Using "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar"

When you know how to practice guitar correctly, you will get maximum results from every practice session. this is the key to playing favorite songs on the guitar easily, with no struggle, and always getting better!

There is a method of practicing guitar that will, step by step, train your fingers for perfect action on the guitar. It is scientific because it follows the laws of "body learning", the same laws your muscles and nerves use to learn new movements. It is called "The Principles Of Correct Practice For Guitar". 

Virtually all existing guitar instructional material gives you content - not method. They give you notes to learn, chords to play, exercises to do. BUT, they do NOT show you how to practice this content in a way that will effectively teach your fingers to play the music! And so, you are left on your own. You have a go at it. Maybe you will get it, maybe you won't.

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Most people don't. And even more people learn to play in a sloppy, haphazard, struggling way that limits their progress, and keeps them stuck at the same level of playing for years.

The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar by Jamie Andreas

​The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar by Jamie Andreas

​This book...."The Principles Of Correct Practice For Guitar" is the beginning point for learning the Guitar Principles Path To Guitar Mastery.

"The Principles Of Correct Practice For Guitar" will teach you how the fingers learn, how they need to be taught, and exactly what to do when you sit down to practice guitar. And speaking of sitting, you will learn.....

  • Why how you hold the guitar will determine whether you succeed in playing well
  • Why you must learn to use "super slow" no tempo practice
  • Why you must use a metronome when practicing
  • How to work up music from a slow speed to a flawless fast speed


"The Principles" is a proven method that works for everyone, because it is based on the scientific laws of how the body learns new movements.  Thousands of people who never thought they could learn to play guitar have become good guitar players, and thousands more have solved long standing playing problems and become better players than they ever thought they could be - all by using "The Principles".

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A HUGE Milestone!

Jamie, I just want to say Thank You for your practice method and teaching guidance!

We had new friends over last night. They saw my guitars and asked if I played. I played and sang House of the Rising Sun on my electric and Fast Car on my acoustic. I am thrilled to say that I had no problem playing and singing both songs and although I had a few butterflies, when I placed my first hand position the slow practice and continuous contact with the guitar paid off and I was calm and relaxed throughout the rest of the song.

Considering a few months ago I struggled with simple 3 chord strumming songs, to play flat-pick and finger style confidently for others is a huge milestone!

Stacey Welu Retired Business Owner - Guitar Student

​By using "The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar" You will learn...

How tension becomes "locked-in" to muscles when you practice without sufficient awareness.....

How and why you adapt to that level of tension, how you are limited by it, and how, as time goes by, you consider it "normal".....

How you can cultivate "microscopic awareness", and how this awareness will allow you to practice with a new level of relaxation, "un-locking" the tension from the body, and how over time, muscle memory will help you build an entirely new foundation of technique.....

How playing the guitar will become an entirely new experience! What seemed hard (because you were really fighting your own "locked-in" muscle tension) will now be, and feel, EASY!

The "Principles" is composed of three elements:  

26 Foundation Exercises: Most players are handicapped to a some degree (often a great degree) because their hands were never properly developed from the beginning. This is because guitar instruction is often a haphazard affair. The exercises develope your fingers in a step by step way for perfect functioning on the strings.

34 Understandings: Your results in practicing depend completely on the quality of your practice. You know what they say "Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect!" Well, it's true - but you have to know and understand certain things before you can practice perfectly. All of that is explained in detail.

7 Tools:These are practice methods to be used to solve problems in playing and gain real playing ability. These approaches are based on certain key Understandings, such as Muscle Memory and Sympathetic Tension, as well as Attention and Awareness.​ 

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About the Author

Jamie Andreas has one goal: to make sure that everyone who wants to learn guitar is successful. After her first 25 years of teaching, she wrote the world acclaimed method for guitar "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar". She put everything into this method that was essential for success on guitar. Called "The Holy Grail" of guitar books, the Principles has enabled thousands of students who tried and failed to play guitar for years or even decades, to become real guitar players. In 2012 Jamie was profiled in "Guitar Zero" (Penguin Press 2012), a study of how adults learn to play guitar. Jamie was interviewed along with some of the worlds leading guitarist/teachers, including jazz legend Pat Martino and Tom Morello ("Rage Against The Machine").