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The TRUTH about Learning Guitar
 
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For All Styles


There are many styles of guitar, but they are all played with the same fingers! And those fingers follow the laws of "body learning" regardless of the style.

Here you will find articles that focus on those aspects of practicing that are true for all styles of guitar: using a metronome for effective practice, mastering scales, avoiding the mistakes all students make in practice, and much more!

 

Chromatic Scale On Guitar-DON'T Practice It Until.....
Guitar teachers love to give students the chromatic scale as an exercise. If your hand is not prepared with other exercises first, you will struggle and damage yourself.
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The 2 Necessary Left Hand Positions On Guitar
There is no such thing as THE correct left hand position for guitar! There are TWO positions necessary to play rock AND acoustic.
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Optimizing the Movement Process On Guitar
Good guitar players learn to use their fingers in ways that make difficult things easy to do. You can learn too!
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Can Your Fingers Do This?...They need to!
If your fingers can't do this "simple" thing, you will have trouble with everything you play! Here is a simple test to see if your hand has the basic ability it needs to play well.
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Hammers & Pulls - Essential Training
The most detailed, powerful training you will find on Hammers & Pulls on Guitar- 2 Essential Techniques used in ALL styles of guitar.
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Your POWER Practice Attitude
Attitude Is Everything!-10 ESSAYS THAT WILL HELP YOU GET RESULTS FROM YOUR GUITAR PRACTICE-You play the guitar with your fingers, but what goes on in your head is much more important than your fingers
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The 6-1 Major Scale-How To Practice It
There are 6 Essential Major Scales that the educated guitarist must know. This one starts on the 6th string with the first finger. It really develops the left hand fingers!
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The Importance of Fingering On Guitar
Guitar students often practice music without really knowing what fingers they should use, or are using. This is a quick route to frustrating practice and bad playing!
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Guitar Development: Stage 2
After learning the basics of playing guitar, covered in my essay "Guitar Development: Stage 1", these are the things all players, of any style, need to know.
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Guitar Development Stage 1-What You Should Be Learning
Guitar students are notoriously uncertain and confused about what they should be practicing. Here, I am going to tell what the top priorities are for any beginning guitarist.
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Strengthen That Bar!
It is an under-appreciated fact that the bar must receive special, and extended attention at some point in our development......
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The Real Meaning Of Relaxed Guitar Playing
"Relaxation" on guitar is not what you think. It is not a state of the body, it is an action. It results in the state called "poise" which means a balance of forces being used to play.
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Slanting The Pick For Speed
Slanting the pick is common practice for most guitar players. It has many advantages, such as better tone and more speed. Here is how to do it....
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Master Bar Chords Now!
Bar chords are a problem for all guitar students! Now, there is a step by step method for mastering ALL types of bar chords. Check this out!
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All About Scales On Guitar
Learning scales, the how, what, and why, is a very confusing topic for guitar students. Let's clear that up! Read this.....
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Discover Your Discomfort - How To Relax On Guitar
Most guitar students have excessive muscle tension when playing, and this is at the root of their playing problems. Discover yours!
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The 5 Biggest Mistakes Guitar Students Make
These extremely common guitar practice no-no's will prevent you from reaching your full potential as a guitarist...
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The 10 Best Ways To Get Better On Guitar
Download this free powerful report on "The 10 Best Ways To Get Better On Guitar"!
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Finger Rise: A Disease of the Left Hand
Finger Rise is one of the most common "diseases" that afflict a guitar player's hands. It causes countless playing problems for players of all styles.
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10 Reasons Why Using A Metronome Makes You Better, Faster!
Knowing how to use a metronome in guitar practice WILL make you a better player!
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Correct Thumb Placement For Guitar Scales
What should my thumb be doing while my fingers are traveling around the guitar strings?" That is an important question, and we are going to answer it right now.
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Pivot Fingers
Left hand finger movements on guitar are made much easier when we use "pivot fingers".
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Unlocking Hidden Finger Tension
At GuitarPrinciples, we get a lot of long time guitar players who want to figure out why they haven't gotten any better at guitar in the last few decades...here is a major reason why!
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The Secret Of Speed On Guitar
The secret of speed on guitar is a state of relaxation during playing that I like to call The Incredible Lightness. When you experience it the first time, it feels incredible!
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