Recently a student of mine on StudyWithAdam.com asked me an question which showed his honesty and vulnerability, and it really resonated with me. It’s part of the mental game that many of us face when working on our music.
The way that many of us have been taught to think about learning music is like this:
- we function like computers
- if we get musical data input, and practice it enough, we should be able to play it back
- if we can’t play it back, it means we need to practice it more
This model has never really worked for me 100%. There’s much more to it than that.
Lately I have been working on some new guitar techniques that are taking me “outside my comfort zone.”
Working on new things can be very unsettling – for all of us. Sometimes feeling like a beginner is fun, but at other times a lot of mental resistance comes up.
Hey Gang, I hope that if you are an Australian fan and guitar picker, you can come to one of these very special concerts!
Michael Fix, Andrew Veivers and I will be doing the “Acoustic Guitar Spectacular” from August 14-22, 2015 in Australia.
- 14 August – Mt Tambourine
- 15 August – Ipswitch
- 16 August – Kangaroo Point
- 19 August – Caulondria
- 20 August – Chinchilla
- 21 August – Pomona
- 22 August – Cleveland
For ticket info please visit www.REDCHAIR.com – see you there!
When I am asked about practicing guitar, I usually preach the gospel of repetitive mindful practice.
However – I have been wondering lately…”do I really know what the heck I am doing?”
You can usually find me on tour in a hotel room practicing the pieces I play on stage like “Billie Jean”, “Superstition” , “In My Life” for the 10,000th time.
- Have I lost my mind – is this focus or obsession?
- Have I become a simple person and “one trick pony”?
- Have I lost my ability and flair to do a broad spectrum of music?
- Have I lost my creativity?
I recently had a guitar student upload a video to Study With Adam for coaching, the title read
“In My Life, The Beatles, Arranged by Adam and Butchered by Craig”
I had to laugh out loud. LOL!!!!
It’s important to know that what we HEAR in our playing is different from what people SEE in our guitar videos.
Here’s a question I get from a lot of readers:
“Adam, I can’t seem to get through a piece without making mistakes.”
Well, neither can I!
There are a few tips and insights I can give you though – on how I practice and “problem solve.”
This article is about some of my early struggles as a pro guitar player and how I overcame them…I hope you like the info here.
As a young jazz guitar player I really struggled making ends meet.
I taught, played weddings, did little gigs and in NYC it was a “scramble”. If you live in a smaller town, with less musicians – it can be a little easier.
You may be in this situation yourself, wondering how you can boost your gigs, raise you prices, and so on.
I needed a solution for my situation at the time.
Thank you for all of your questions and responses!
Here are some of the answers to the most common questions I got this last week.
[Reminder: studywithadam.com will be launching TOMORROW April 14, 2015!]
Q: “How much will it cost?”
A: It will be very, very affordable, and it will be similar in cost to many of the other “online guitar academies” today.
In some cases it will cost even less.
You’ll find out exact pricing tomorrow, and there will be a FREE 14 day trial
You will get to watch ALL the lessons, and participate as if it is a full membership, without restrictions of any kind – for 14 days, at no risk or cost to you.
The true value in the site is not just the library but your ongoing teacher / student relationship with me.
Q: Which songs are in the Watch & Play Library?
A: I’m not making song info available at this time or answering this question – and here’s why…
The “library” is intended for my students who’ve taken the first step – and committed to studies with me – by signing up.
Please sign up for a free trial tomorrow to find out what is inside.
Right now there are a good handful of
- song lessons (cover & original)
- technique lessons
- theory and harmony
- blues intros & turnarounds
- one new lesson will be uploaded each month
When you log in, you will have plenty of new arrangements to learn and play for the months & years ahead!
Q: “Adam, how on earth will you run a teaching site and tour at the same time?”
A: Drum roll please….I am getting outside help for running tech support and other parts of the site.
- Web, tech and billing “support” will be handled by an AWESOME team that I have on board so that you can get answers and solutions quickly, even when I am on tour or unavailable.
- Guitar & music “support” questions will be answered by me, personally.
- For general “site” & basic how-to questions, a friendly helper may send you an answer via email or support ticket instead of me – so I can stay focused on lesson delivery.
Q: “How long will it take to get Adam’s responses to videos and questions?”
A: I will send you responses to you as quickly as possible, hopefully within 5-7 days.
This “video response” teaching process is totally new for me, so I will have to see how the flow goes. Often I am on tour in places with no wifi, but I will do my best to get you answers as quickly as possible.
Q: Why not just do SKYPE lessons instead?
A: At the moment, because of tour scheduling and technical hassles with wifi, it is very hard to do skype lessons.
With the “video uploads and feedback responses” we can communicate when it is most convenient for both of us.
This saves you time, hassle and money – and helps everything fit with your work & family schedule.
“Study With Adam” is Launching Tomorrow – April 14, 2015
Don’t miss the FREE bonus and iPad giveaway! (early birds have the best chances for the bonuses!)