Problem: Developing skills on the guitar is difficult, but it’s deceptively straightforward. We complicate it constantly. We get ahead of ourselves by watching multiple YouTube videos from different instructors. We get caught up
Podcast Transcription: Hello, my friend. I’ve recently had the opportunity to develop the skill of freestyle rap from scratch. And I have paid close attention to the experience from the very beginning .
“In a single sentence, what is the essence of effective practice?” With a clear goal in mind, you consistently show up to push yourself beyond where you’ve been before, and concentrate fully on
A fellow artist recently told me they have a “low frustration tolerance.” This phrase leads to a solid insight: it well may be that in order to be an effective learner or creative, you have
Time is key to skill development. But even deeper… it’s a formidable ally that has worked with the human species for millennia. You can think of Time as an indispensable tool in your
Frustration is optional. Progress is inevitable. Here’s what I do to (almost) never feel frustrated with my guitar practice… no matter how hard I have to work, and no matter how slow my
The Nanosynthesis Method (#2 in the Guitar Acceleration Methodology) has a premise: That working on something that excites and inspires you is more likely to lead to mastery sooner than otherwise. This is a
“I’ve been playing for 27 years and my playing still stinks because of my bad habits. How do I get rid of these bad habits?” I get some version of this question a lot.
Sleep is arguably the most essential part of the skill development process. And it’s both the least prioritized and the most compromised (by chronic distractions, an “always-on” and overworked culture, and nonstop social stimuli and stressors, to
You’ve spent hours and hours on learning a new technique. You’ve drilled it nearly to the point of making your fingers go numb. You’ve increased the tempo to the point where you can
Do this instead… “I want to get my music out there, but no one is paying attention to me. Am I just not posting enough?” There are young artists getting crippled by the
Are one of these six powerful forces (or emotions) killing your progress on the guitar?
If you want to make music, and you want to create… Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Instead, show up to do the work and be consistent about it, even when you are
Over the years, I’ve asked nearly 6,000 guitarists what their goals are. “Music Theory” “Playing songs by ear” “Sweep Picking” “Chord Progressions”“Soloing”“Shredding fast”“Improvisation”“To create my own music and release albums” Or this one, which is perhaps
Getting sick is no small thing when it comes to maintaining and continuing your progress on the guitar (or any project or skill development effort). It can take you out and have you begging for
Get back to practice before you lose your progress! [PODCAST TRANSCRIPTION]: “Hello, my friend. Today I wanted to talk with you about the consequences of losing momentum and the benefits of gaining it
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]: So one of the challenges and frustrations that I’ve been encountering from a lot of players lately is the feeling and the sense that they’ve been playing for a certain period
Increase Your Repertoire of Shredding Skills and Dramatically Up-Level Your Transition Chops In order to attack this 24-second frenzy of notes… you have to take a hard look at every aspect of your
Are You a Slow Learner on the Guitar? After being out of commission for several months (tendinitis will do that to me sometimes)… I’ve had a solid breakthrough on the guitar. I’ve continued to