The Guitar Principles Path To Guitar Mastery

A Powerful Collection of Courses for Mastering All the Essential Skills Every Guitar Player Needs.

How to Walk the Path

Step 2:

The Basic Chords

Step 3:

​How To Master

​A Scale

Step 4:

Bar Chords

Step 5:

Hammers & Pulls

Step 6:

Advanced Practice Strategies

Step 7:

6 Essential Scales

Step 8:

Chromatic Octaves

Step 9:

​The Foundations Of Rhythm

Step 10: 

​The Yoga of Guitar

Jamie Andreas

Jamie Andreas, creator of "The Principles" System For Guitar Mastery"

3 styles of guitar

The Principles System For Guitar Mastery is for every level of player and every style of guitar!

Hi, I'm Jamie Andreas

I've spent my life helping people learn the guitar. Along the way, I've studied all the problems people have as they go along the path to guitar mastery, and there are a LOT of problems!

"The Principles System" for guitar mastery begins at the beginning, and guides the guitar student, step by step, through the very complex process of developing the fingers for great guitar playing in any style.

The Guitar Principles System for learning guitar is a collection of powerful courses designed to take you from beginner to professional level player!

If you've every wondered why you still struggle with guitar after spending hundreds of hours practicing, and thousands of dollars on that mountain of guitar books you will find out as you study the Guitar Principles System. You will find yourself saying, over and over..."Why didn't anybody ever tell me that before!"



STEP 1: THE BEGINNING

This is the most important step of all.
Without it, your path forward will be blocked. You will not be able to be as good as you could be.

Required Achievement:
Developing The Foundation of All Finger Control:
​Relaxed & Controlled 
​Finger Action

  • Control of pick & fingers for basic functioning on guitar
  • Ability to practice effectively for results every time
  • A solid foundation with no bad habits, so that development can continue without plateaus

The Training

"The Principles" training gives these pro guitar fingers to anyone who uses them!

This is how professional guitar fingers look. These fingers play with easy, relaxed, control because they have ...

  • Full reach and separation
  • Full curvature of all joints
  • Ability to stay low when playing
  • Each finger independent of the others

There are 3 things that a guitar student must attain before they will have any chance of success on guitar. They are:

Development of both hands for relaxed and controlled action on guitar

A practice method that effectively trains the fingers to learn new movements.

A practice methods that enables a player to raise the speed of movements that have been learned, resulting in smooth, easy playing at any speed. 

The Result

Watch Guillaume, a graduate of "The Principles of Correct Practice" foundation training.

Notice how easily and smoothly his pick and fingers work on these foundation exercises. These movements must be learned and mastered before a player can hope to play scales and more complex movements properly. All other movements are built upon them.

When your fingers work this well and this easily with fundamental movements, playing everything else becomes easy too!

Thousands of people have achieved the same result - you  can too!

speed demonstrated: 16th notes at 120 bpm

Notice the beautiful form and movement in the fingers, illustrating all the qualities listed above that a good player must have - separation and curvature. And the economy of motion is so good his fingers look like they are hardly moving.

STEP 2: THE BASIC CHORDS

Let's Make Some Music!

Now that your fingers are trained for relaxed and controlled movement, we can safely learn our first chords and play some real songs!

Required Achievement:
Mastery of Basic Chords
​Ability to Change Them Easily

  • Ability to change chords smoothly, easily and in time with the beat
  • Knowledge of exactly how to practice all the new and challenging chords you will need to learn as you progress on the guitar

The Training

Beginner Guitar Chords
First-Chords-and-Songs

"First Chords & Songs" will teach you how to practice chords so that you will get into them easily, and change them easily

Every guitar player, regardless of style, needs to know the basic chords on guitar. They should be learned as soon as the rudiments of tension-reducing practice are learned. They are usually learned in a random manner, on a per-song basis. This is like starting school in the 8th grade! We must:

Learn our chords in a specific order that gives the fingers the right challenge at the right time.

Learn to use "finger-support" with the heavy arm (taught in the Principles training) to reduce effort and leverage arm weight in finger movements.

Learn practice methods that enable a player to raise the speed of chord changes that have been learned, resulting in smooth, easy playing at any speed.  

The Result

​Stacey & Stephanie could not change chords fast enough to play a song, until they worked with "First Chords & Songs". They can now play and change chords with complete ease - even the difficult C chord!

Many guitar students play for years and still struggle to play chords and find they cannot play a song all the way through without breaking down.

The methods in "First Chords & Songs" work for everyone who uses them!


Easy and smooth playing of G - Em - C and D chords. These chords should be learned first, and in the right way.

STEP 3: DEVELOPING THE LEFT HAND WITH A SCALE

After the fundamental left hand training has been achieved, the left hand must learn to play scales easily. Scales appear in all music, and this training opens the door to more complex guitar playing.

Required Achievement:
A Higher Level of Pick & Finger Ability

  • The ability to play a major scale easily, without the 2 major diseases of the left hand: Finger Squeeze & Finger Rise
  • Knowledge of how to build scale speed, so that scale passages in real music can be played easily

The Training

6-2-Major Scale for Guitar

6-2-Major Scale for Guitar

When you can play this scale well, you will be able t learn all other scales well.

How To Master A Scale by Guitar Principles

Beginner players are often given scales to learn, but no player should practice scales until the fundamentals of Step 1 are learned. Then, scales should be practiced.

Instead of practicing many scales, we should first learn how to practice and master one scale. Then, learning all the others is so much easier. Otherwise, you will just play lots of scales badly! To master a scale we must:

Learn exactly how to place each finger on its string, while maintaining finger separation and curvature.

Control the fingers that are not being used at any moment so they do not interfere with the finger being used.

Learn to use each finger so that the next finger to play is helped by the previous finger that has played.

"How To Master A Scale" focuses on ONE scale, and gives you note by note and finger by finger detailed instruction on how to practice and play it.

The Result

Here is a demonstration of the first major scale that should be studied and mastered.

The training the fingers receive as this scale is practiced gives a wonderful ability to the fingers for easy, single note work on guitar

We gain a high level of control of both fingers and pick as we work toward a skill that all good players have - the ability to play scale passages fast and loud.

All developed players can do this, all undeveloped players cannot. 


STEP 4: LEARNING BAR CHORDS

After learning the basic chords, every guitar player will find that they need to know bar chords in order to play many of the songs they love. They will also find that they have a LOT of trouble playing them!

Required Achievement:
​Development of the Small Hand Muscles Necessary For Easy Playing of 
​Bar Chords

  • Proper development of the hand muscles used to play bar chords
  • Ability to bar with the index finger while keeping other fingers relaxed and ready to play other notes
  • Ability to play the various types of bars used on guitar, including The Full Bar, The Curved Bar, The Half Bar and The Inside Bar

The Training

Bar Chord types on guitar

Bar Chord types on guitar


Bar Chord Mastery by Guitar Principles

Bar Chords are essential for all guitarists. This course is a step by step guide to mastery.

For most guitar students, learning bar chords is a frustrating experience, with lots of huffing, puffing and straining!

You can't imagine being able to play them easily, and then someone says, "Just keep practicing them". Time goes on, nothing changes.

Even if you manage to squeak them out, you can't imagine ever being able to change in and out of them easily enough to play a song with them!

In "Bar Chord Mastery" you will learn the barring technique in the best possible way, so that your hand and arm muscles stay relaxed as the index finger does the work of barring. Unless they are learned this way, you will struggle.  You will also learn:

How to use the weight of the arm itself to do much of the work of pressing the strings down.

Bars are not one size fits all. There are 6 types of bars you must know how to do to play all the types of bar chords guitar players need.

Special methods for learning how to change bar chords easily.

The Result

​Watch my student Kathy as she demonstrates all bar chord types, using them in various styles - rock, country, acoustic, classical and jazz. Find out how she overcame the many challenges that bar chords present to guitar students. 

Kathy had been struggling with bar chords for awhile, but after applying the methods in "The Principles" and the additional training found in "Bar Chord Mastery", she developed her technique to the point where bar chords became easy to play!


This is the scale we learn and master in this course "How To Master A Scale". After this, all scales become accessible to us.

STEP 5: LEARNING HAMMERS & PULLS

The most detailed, powerful training you will find on Hammers & Pulls on Guitar -
2 Essential  Techniques used in ALL styles of guitar.

Required Achievement:
​The Special Skills and Extra Finger Strength
Necessary To Do Hammers & Pulls Easily​

  • Develop the necessary extra strength from the small muscles in the hand to perform hammers & pulls on guitar
  • Ability to keep the inactive fingers relaxed during hammers & pulls, ready to play upcoming notes. This is essential for smooth playing
  • Precise articulation required by hammers & pulls, an ability lacking in virtually all guitar students

The Training

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Hammers & Pulls Essential Training from Guitar Principles

Hammers & Pulls Essential Training from Guitar Principles

Hammers and Pulls On Guitar Essential Training Course

Hammers and Pulls On Guitar Essential Training Course

Hammers and Pulls on guitar

Hammers & Pulls are found throughout all guitar music, as illustrated in Led Zeppelli's
"Over The Hills & Far Away"

Hammer Ons require greater strength and control from the fingers than normal notes. Pull Offs require even more. Both are found throughout guitar music of every style. If you can't do them easily, you will struggle with your music.

In "Hammers & Pulls Essential Training" you will learn:

  • Special exercises for building the extra strength and control required by hammers & pulls.
  • The "3 Procedures" to use when first learning hammers to insure accuracy in finger action
  • Why Pull Offs require the coordinated action of 2 fingers to get the notes cleanly with articulation
  • How to build speed and control with every finger combination you will need for your music

The Result

Watch my student Marcel as he uses the methods in "Hammers & Pulls Essential Training" to play hammers & pulls with ease and perfect control.

As you watch Marcel play, notice the relaxation in the fingers not being used. Notice how they stay separated, curved, and close to the strings.

This kind of control in the fingers is essential for playing our music easily.

This is the scale we learn and master in this course "How To Master A Scale". After this, all scales become accessible to us.

We cannot bring the music to life is we are struggling to play. When your technique is properly developed, you can bring out the musician inside you!

STEP 6: ADVANCED PRACTICE STRATEGIES

In Step One we learn the "Basic Practice Approach" which is a practice routine used to learn new material effectively. However, to develop speed and move into the higher levels of guitar playing, we need a collection of advanced practice strategies.

"Beyond The Basic Practice Approach" contains 12 powerful practice methods used by professional musicians to build speed and master difficult music. This book also contains 14 articles specially written to give students an understanding of how to improve all guitar abilities to the professional level.

Required Achievement:
Knowledge of the Practice Methods Necessary to Build Speed & Ability On All Guitar Techniques

  • The Diagnostic Strategies: how to find and fix the specific notes and movements that are causing mistakes
  • The Building Speed & Strength Strategies: how to systematically raise the speed on scales, licks, hammers & pulls, and any passage of music being learned
  • Maintenance Strategies: how to practice and review music previously learned, and keep it fresh in your mind

The Training

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Advanced Practice Strategies For Guitar

Advanced Practice Strategies For Guitar

6 Essential Scales For Guitar with modes and arpeggios

"6 Essential Scales"...these scales with their modes & arpeggios, are the doorway to a high level of ability on the guitar, and understanding of the full potential of the guitar as a musical instrument.

In this book are found all the practice methods to be used after the practice approaches and concepts in The Principles are learned. For intermediate and advanced students who want to make continuous progress on guitar.

For each technique, you will learn what the strategy is, why it works, when to use it, when and how to combine strategies, and when to change strategies.



Many of these strategies are widely used by professional musicians, and have been for years. Unfortunately, they are rarely discussed, and when they are, it is done in such a cursory fashion that it’s impossible for the student to understand what a particular practice strategy is about, much less how, why or when to use it.

For each technique, you will learn what the strategy is, why it works, when to use it, when and how to combine strategies, and when to change strategies.

Also included in this book are 6 essential essays on Practice Theory, and a Question and Answer section on some of the most frequently asked questions to Jamie.

The Result

In this video I demonstrate "Working In Groups" one of the first practice strategies we use to bring up the speed of a passage.

STEP 7: THE 6 ESSENTIAL SCALES WITH MODES & ARPEGGIOS

This is the key to the higher levels of guitar playing! Writing, arranging and improvising at a high musical level are possible once we have the knowledge of the 6 Essential Scales w/ Modes & Arpeggios.

Required Achievement:
Knowledge of the 6 Essential Scales With Their Modes & Arpeggios,
 The Ability to Play Them Easily In All Keys

  • Knowledge of the 6 Essential Scales on guitar, with their modes & arpeggios and ability to play them easily
  • Further left hand development as strength and stretch are increased to meet the demands of these scales
  • A great command of the guitar neck, and an understanding of the chords, scales, and arpeggios in all keys for all positions

The Training

6 Essential Scales for guitar

6 Essential Scales for guitar

6 Essential Scales For Guitar with modes and arpeggios

"6 Essential Scales"...these scales with their modes & arpeggios, are the doorway to a high level of ability on the guitar, and understanding of the full potential of the guitar as a musical instrument.

Knowing these scales is the key to musical mastery and exploitation of the vast musical possibilities of the guitar. When we have this knowledge, we immediately understand any music we play, and are able to identify its key, the positions it can be played in, and the harmonic analyses of any passage of music.

Mastery of these 6 Essential Scales is achieved by study of this course more easily than any other method because you will learn:

Not just where to put your fingers by following diagrams (as you find in most scale lessons) but exactly how to use each finger, note by note

How to play any scale, mode, or arpeggio in any key, anywhere on the neck.

How to use the scales, modes and arpeggios to play over chord changes

How to use the scales, modes and arpeggios to create interesting phrases over chord changes.

The Result

Watch my student Nico play through all the arpeggios in the key of G, using the 6-2 major scale. This will give you an idea of what you want to accomplish as you work with "The 6 Essential Scales"

STEP 8: THE CHROMATIC OCTAVE EXERCISES

As guitar players, we need to stretch the fingers far apart, sometimes, very far apart! There are special, small muscles in the hand itself that do this, but they are always undeveloped, because we don't need them in day to day life to any great extent. After scales are learned, and the foundation is built, we need to develop these muscles. This is the best exercise to do that - IF it is practiced correctly!

Required Achievement:
Strengthening of the Small Muscles of the Hand That Separate the Fingers

  • Full development of the muscles of the hand that stretch the finger sideways.
  • Ability to stretch the fingers to the maximum extent, while keeping the rest of the body relaxed
  • A great command of the guitar neck, and an understanding of the chords, scales, and arpeggios in all keys for all positions

The Training

Develop That Stretch!

muscles of the hand

These small muscles spread the fingers apart.

They must be carefully strengthened.

chromatic-octaves-on-guitar

This exercise requires some fingers to stay down while other stretch.

Quite difficult at first, but gives you a very strong hand!

The Chromatic Octave Exercise For Guitar
finger stretch for guitar

Many guitar players use a gripmaster to strengthen the fingers,  pushing down on those springs to increase finger strength. This only strengthens the muscles of the forearm that flex and extend the fingers. This may be somewhat useful, but it does nothing for the very important group of muscles that lie within the hand itself, and these muscles are responsible for stretching the fingers apart sideways.

All your playing will improve when your hand is strengthened.
In this course you get:

A video with complete, detailed note by note instructions for the exercise. You will be told exactly what your fingers should be doing at every moment. What the fingers you are not using are doing is as important as the actions of the fingers you are using!

A video of Jamie doing the exercise slow, medium and fast.

A PDF of the exercise, the instructions, and a discussion of the correct course of left hand development that gives you powerful left hand technique.

The Result

Watch my student Nico play through all the arpeggios in the key of G, using the 6-2 major scale. This will give you an idea of what you want to accomplish as you work with "The 6 Essential Scales"

STEP 9: THE FOUNDATIONS OF RHYTHM

Guitar students so often do not understand how to read rhythms, even if they have taken lessons where they were supposed to learn how to read music! This course will give you the complete understanding of rhythm notation in a series of clear, step by step chapters that will make you a master of rhythm!

Required Achievement:
Complete Understanding of Rhythm Concepts - Ability to Read, Understand, and Play Any Rhythm Notation

  • Real and clear understanding of essential rhythmic concepts including time signatures, the proportionate relationship of note values, and syncopation
  • Ability to see a written rhythm in tab or notes, tap it, count it, and play it on the guitar.

The Training

Detailed explanations of all rhythmic concepts in a way you have never seen before!

  • Notes, beat, ties, dots, time signatures, meter, syncopation, the proportionate relationship of note values
  • You will learn the real meaning of terms like "beat", "meter", "syncopation", and many other concepts often misunderstood by students
  • How to analyze a rhythm and write in the counting symbols so that you can tap a steady beat and sing the rhythm
Foundations of Rhythm

Foundations of Rhythm

Learn to read, understand, and play any rhythm you see!

FROM JAMIE: "Rhythm is poorly taught in all guitar methods! Most guitar students do not even understand the most basic rhythmic concepts!
 
They don't even know what a beat is! If you don't understand that a beat is a unit of time measured by your foot going up and down, how can you give half a beat to a note when required?
 
Get the education you need on this vital topic to be a REAL guitarist & musician!"

Learn to readunderstand, and play any rhythm you see!

About The Training

STEP 10: THE YOGA OF GUITAR

"The Yoga of Guitar" reveals the essence of what it is to play the guitar. All of the previous training has prepared the player to achieve a powerful union between player and instrument. This is now taken further, and explained in new ways that give us the deepest level of awareness as players and practicing musicians.

Required Achievement:
A Deep Understanding Of The Strong CONNECTION That All Great Players Have With Their Instrument - Achieving a DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP Between Body & Guitar String That Allows Us To Use The Energy Of The String To Power Finger Movement

  • Special exercises to give the player a highly refined touch on the string. A guitar players touch is to his playing what a golfers swing is to his game. The Yoga of Guitar teaches us to have the touch of a master player.
  • Learn the secret of PERFECT PRACTICE, which is playing each note in a way that makes the next note easy to play.
  • MENTAL MASTERY of the music. Movement follows thought, and guitar ability begins in the mind. You will learn how to form the strong mental grasp of your music that makes your fingers your faithful servants as you play.

The Training

"The Yoga of Guitar" is an entirely new system for the study of guitar, and brings all of the power of "The Principles" to a higher level that I could not have imagined when I finished "The Principles" 20 years ago.

"Yoga" means "union" and "skill in action" and that is precisely what this new system of study does for the guitar student. It fosters the powerful connection between player and instrument that all great guitar players have attained, and because of that connection, gives us the ability to express the essence of our music unburdened by the endless obstacles that prevent so many guitar players from achieving that state often called "effortless mastery".

Yoga of Guitar

Yoga of Guitar

FROM JAMIE: "Over the years, many people have suggested to me that I write a "Principles 2". Well, I have done that, and it is called "The Yoga of Guitar".

There are 5 components to this system. Consistent study of the various components will give you many new ways of thinking about, and doing, your guitar practice.

​The 5 Components of "The Yoga of Guitar"

  • ​​1. The Approach To The string
  • 2. ​tHE pRIMARY dYNAMICS
  • ​​3. THE MOVEMENT PROCESS
  • ​​4. KNOWING THE NOTES
  • ​5. THE DIRECT MECHANISM

​​Here we gain the deepest knowledge of the nature of playing the guitar. We learn the “Cycle of the Note”, and “The 3 Phases of the Note”. Together. they form the most essential understanding a guitar player needs to form the necessary “connection” between guitar player and guitar. We revisit “The Approach To The String” and gain a deeper understanding of how it helps us to control “Cycle of the Note” and perform “The 3 Phases of the Note”.