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Mark Twain On Practicing Guitar

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“Life is one damn thing after another!”………………………Mark Twain ​Mark Twain, being a humorist, often put profound insights into humorous form. One can find the inner meaning of the above quote in the writings of great philosophers, mystics, and saints. This saying is pointing to an understanding that has been recognized as an attitude whose attainment […]

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Climb Every Mountain

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The longer I teach, the more I am impressed with one unassailable fact: most of what becoming good or great on the guitar is about has nothing to do with “musical ability”. It has everything to do with that group of qualities loosely spoken of as “character”.When I was 16 years old, I met a […]

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The Cycle Of The Note

The Cycle Of The Note

Learn To Control “The Cycle Of The Note” – Or Suffer From Uncontrolled Tension!There are certain things that go wrong at the beginning of virtually all guitar students training.The most important of these is ignorance of what happens in the body every time you play a note on the guitar  Every time you play a note, […]

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Guitar Habits 3: Correct Right Hand Form On Guitar

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The 2 Right Hand Positions On GuitarThere is a basic position for playing with a pick, and a basic position for playing fingerstyle. Although pro players may use variations of these positions, we should learn these basic positions first.   Here are the basic characteristics of each position… FingerstylePickstyle1. The fingers are almost perpendicular to the […]

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The True Teacher

The True Teacher

As a lifelong guitar student, guitar player and guitar teacher, this is the subject that fires my greatest passion. If I could get across only one message, and for some reason wasn’t allowed to say anything else, this is what I would want to say. I want to tell you what I have learned about […]

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Guitar Student Abuse

Student Abuse

Here is one of many stories that guitar students have written to me over the years…. Hi Jamie, I have a history of hand problems, and I was searching for some instruction on proper form that might help. I was a student at GIT in the late 80s, and practiced about 15 hours a day, apparently without […]

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Guitar Habits 2: Correct Left Hand Form On Guitar

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The 2 Left Hand Positions You Need On GuitarThere is more than one “correct” position for the left hand on guitar. There are two basic left hand positions for guitar. However, one of them should be learned before the other, or important muscles in the hand will not develop properly.1) The Straight Position2) The Slanted […]

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Guitar Habits 1: Movement Follow Form

Guitar Habits 1

Form First, Then MovementNo matter what field of activity, if it is done with your body you are going to find that the best training teaches you form before anything else. If you take dance lessons, they will teach you to stand correctly and imagine a string pulling you from the chest. If you study […]

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