The 4 Levels To Guitar Success

The 4 Essential Levels of Guitar Success

Guitar Success means becoming a REAL guitar player. What is a REAL guitar player?

A REAL guitar player is a player who:

  • Plays music like it is supposed to sound, from beginning to end with no stops, starts, and breakdowns all over the place!
  • Plays easily with relaxed control in the fingers, even when playing fast!
  • Gets better with every practice session and knows how to teach their fingers to play whatever they want. 

Does this sound like you? If you're like most guitar students, the answer, unfortunately, is no. You probably think it's your fault, you just don't have what it takes. This is wrong. The only thing you don't have is the right information. Once you have that, you will be able to start doing the things that make anyone a REAL guitar player.

I am going to give you the information you need, and that begins with telling you that learning to play guitar is a step by step process, and if you skip any of those steps, you cannot move to the next. It is very much like building a building.

Like building a building, the most important part is the foundation. If the foundation is weak, every floor you build above it will be weak as well. And this is what happens to most guitar students - they have never gotten the REAL FOUNDATION of playing ability that makes a REAL guitar player.

What is that foundation and how do we get it?

Relaxed & Controlled Fingers

Being able to make all the complex finger movements we must make on guitar, using the fingers with strength and stretch, AND staying relaxed while we do it, is the biggest challenge all guitarists face, especially beginners. And its not just about relaxed fingers. Your whole body must be relaxed, or you will not be able to control your fingers. This ability is the foundation of everything else you will try to learn, and try to do on guitar.

Beginners almost never get this foundation, because it is not found in conventional guitar methods. They are too busy giving you "stuff to play" to first give you the training that makes everything, over time, easy to play.

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 a recipe for failure and frustration on guitar. Without having the first level, we can never get to the higher levels of guitar playing, and that's where all the fun is!

This pyramid illustrates the 4 Essential Levels of Guitar Success......

The 4 Essential Levels of Guitar Success

The 4 Essential Levels of Guitar Success

Because I have seen so many people struggle or fail at guitar because they do not have this first level, I have created the "The Principles System For Guitar Mastery". There is nothing like it in the world of guitar instruction.

If you would like to know how you can build this first level of guitar success for yourself, you can learn about "The Principles" system here

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About the author 

Jamie Andreas

Jamie Andreas has one goal: to make sure that everyone who wants to learn guitar is successful. After her first 25 years of teaching, she wrote the world acclaimed method for guitar "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar". She put everything into this method that was essential for success on guitar. Called "The Holy Grail" of guitar books, the Principles has enabled thousands of students who tried and failed to play guitar for years or even decades, to become real guitar players. In 2012 Jamie was profiled in "Guitar Zero" (Penguin Press 2012), a study of how adults learn to play guitar. Jamie was interviewed along with some of the worlds leading guitarist/teachers, including jazz legend Pat Martino and Tom Morello ("Rage Against The Machine").

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