Jamie As a Person
"What you are as a person is what you will be as a guitarist".....Jamie Andreas
This truth has been apparent to Jamie since she started her journey with the guitar at the age of 14. When she began teaching at 17, this understanding became even more undeniable. Jamie had a front row seat as she saw hundreds of "persons" attempt to fulfill their dreams of becoming guitar players.
It is thought that talent is the greatest determinant of the progress we will make with guitar, but that is not true. Talent will take you so far, but we quickly reach a plateua in our progress unless we have the important personality characteristics that bring success on guitar, or anything else.
In her teaching, Jamie saw clearly that the results each person got, and the guitarist they became, or did not become, all proceeded directly from who they were as people. And so, it became obvious that teaching guitar involved much more than showing someone where to put their fingers! It required being aware of, and responding to, and working with, the whole person.
Having begun her own lifelong study of science at age 9, and psychology, philosophy, history, and all things spiritual at age 11, (3 years before taking up guitar), Jamie was uniquely suited to the task!
Here you will find a number of her writings that examine life, art, and guitar. You will learn how Jamie has gone about forming her personhood, and how that has given her the power and clarity to create, sustain, and continuously develop a powerful, enduring, and joyful relationship to music and guitar.