Hi, Jamie here. In my endless quest to fill the world with guitar players, I want to talk about what is probably the most important thing for aspiring players to know - the one thing that all your progress depends upon.
I am talking about the foundation of your guitar ability, which is your ability to train your fingers during practice, and the achievement of the most fundamental skill your fingers must have - relaxed and controlled movement.
This has to be talked about, because it is the main reason so many people struggle to make progress on guitar.
The 4 Levels To Guitar Success
The majority of people who attempt to learn guitar fall into 3 categories. They:
Fail completely or..
Struggle for years to make something that sounds like music or....
Get stuck, becoming proficient with beginner material, but struggle to play anything with more advanced techniques, such as fast scales, hammers & pulls, or bar chords.
It usually does not make me popular to say this, but I have a good reason for doing so - it's true! No one knows it better than me, because I have made it my business to repair broken guitar players, and in 45 years of teaching, I have seen an endless supply of them.
The reason is quite simple. There are 4 Levels to Guitar Success, and if you skip any of them, you cannot move to the next. It is like building a house. If the foundation is weak, every floor you build above it will be weak as well. The Foundation determines everything. When it comes to guitar,metho the foundation is never given to students. The lucky ones find it on their own, most don't. Here are the 4 Levels To Guitar Success....
The first level is the most important, because you cannot get to the other levels without building this one first. Oh, you can try, and most people do. Most people take on more advanced techniques before they have conditioned their fingers for relaxed and controlled action on the strings, and before they have any idea of how to actually train their fingers to work as they must on guitar. This is as much fun as moving into a new house and waking up with your bed in the basement!
If you are struggling to play, or are stuck and can't get better, I seriously urge you to consider the foundation of your playing. Do your fingers work with control and relaxation as you play? Do you know what to do to train them to work easily on the strings, especially as you take on more difficult skills?
If you need to strengthen the foundation of your playing, everything you need to know and do is found in "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar".