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The greatest guitarists are more than guitarists, they are artists and musicians who play the guitar. Often, they are poets, philosophers and even mystics.

“Guitar Philosophy” explores this deeper dimension of our art. Jamie explores the many ways in which becoming a guitar player and musician relates to our psychology and our spirituality.

Jamie sums up her philosophy in the statement “What you are as a person is what you will be as a guitarist”.


Mark Twain On Practicing Guitar

mark twain on guitar practice

“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

guitar philosophy climb every mountain

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 Fundamentals of Fun

​We “play” the guitar…and you can’t play if you don’t know how to have fun!​​The subject of Fun is one of the most serious topics we can discuss. One of the greatest achievements of my lifetime has been the maintenance of the capacity for fun from early childhood. Another has been coming to an understanding […]

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Becoming The Music

Why We Play MusicWhy do we play music? What is the root, the fundamental thing we are really doing when we play and practice music?   We play music because a great desire has been awakened in us; and that great desire is to become the music. It is this desire, which for some is a mild […]

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Mystery, Beauty and Grace

Mystery Beauty and Grace

In my study of great musicians, I have noticed that the very greatest are also very spiritual. Bach, Beethoven, Barrios, Santana –  anyone of whom I have ever heard or read, and believe to be a divinely inspired musician, has a very strong spiritual sense.  I believe that  Spirituality, or the forms it takes when […]

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The Inner Master

Of all the things you can do to make sure you are enabling yourself to achieve your guitar playing dreams, finding the Inner Master is the greatest. All great players have found the Inner Master. The Inner Master wants us to be a good guitar player, and enrich the world with our music. How do we […]

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