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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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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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Deliberate Practice On Guitar

Deliberate Practice On Guitar

Expert Performance and Deliberate Practice There is a field of study called “expert performance”. It is basically the study of “people who are great at doing something”, and trying to figure out why they are the way they are, and how they got to be that way. There is a name given to this process of “getting […]

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The 3 Levels of Guitar Practice

There are 3 Levels of Practice that guitar players must know how to use in order to achieve their full potential on guitar. They are Microscopic Practice, Assimilating, and Shaping. I have covered in detail these 3 levels, or aspects of practice in Chapter 5 of “The Principles Of Correct Practice For Guitar”. The first two […]

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