Take The Tension Test!
How much tension are you (really) playing with?
Practicing guitar while holding tension in any part of the body will prevent your fingers from learning the movements you are trying to teach them. Unfortunately, virtually ALL guitar students are doing this very thing!
Have you noticed? All great players look very relaxed when they play. And, their music sounds free and flowing.
The worst thing is not knowing about your tension! So, take this quick little test to see how much tension you are holding in your shoulders, legs, or belly while you try to get your fingers into position on the guitar. You know what they say..."Knowing you have a problem is the first step in solving it!"
This is worth your time, because until you get body tension under control, you will not be able to control your fingers.
I DISCOVERED SUCCESS IN MY PLAYING AND PRACTICING WITH THE PRINCIPLES
I took a few group lessons. I started feeling that I was attempting to play way beyond my ability. The number of complicated techniques boggled my mind and frustrated my fingers. My right shoulder kept aching so much that I would have to stop playing and rub it.
The Principles explained many things about playing guitar that I had not noticed or knew to be on the lookout for. I have looked at many guitar instruction books, and this is the only one that really addresses where to be within your body in order to become a musician.
That rushing, frenzied, frustrated feeling in practice is gone now. Also, I was in pain before and I am not anymore. The "Principles" have helped me redefine and rediscover success in my playing and practicing."
Guitar Success Secret #1: When you start to become aware of the tension you are playing with, and learn special methods for reducing and eliminating it, you will begin to see your playing improve dramatically.
The next step to Guitar Success is learning and using special methods for reducing and eliminating excess tension when practicing and playing guitar. These methods are taught in "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar".