Learn Guitar Technique, then Throw it Away

trashcanUsually I stress the importance of a good musical education. Often I teach hands-on guitar techniques.

Without my teachers & mentors I would not be the person and musician I am today.

However, there is a fundamental but “advanced” step in making music. What I am about to say may sound contradictory.

After you’ve been a good student, go ahead and throw away everything you’ve learned.

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Practicing Guitar and Your “Happy” Brain Chemicals…

11-14-brainThis is a pretty taboo subject, but let’s dive in.

I recently got an email from a reader saying:

“Hi Adam. I’m going through a phase where I can’t find any I situation or have as much fun playing as I used to. Have you got any idea or any tips or me to get back into it? Thanks – Mick”

Musicians are human, and all of us have ups & downs because it is built into our system. When we have ups & downs, much of “how we feel” has do do with the presence or absence of certain naturally produced brain chemicals.

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How to Achieve Maximum Confidence for Performing Fingerstyle Guitar

Performing fingerstyle guitar on stage can be nerve-racking.

Something you have played perfectly at home suddenly “falls apart” when you try to get on stage and do it in front of people.

For my first few years touring, my hands would shake on stage too, so don’t worry – it’s normal.

I’m going to show you how to solve this problem.

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Don’t Wash Your Face Before a Fingerstyle Guitar Gig!

I have a tip you will thank me for later, and it’s all about right hand fingerstyle guitar technique.

Don’t wash your face before you play a gig.


Yes that’s right. Don’t wash your face.

It’s a great tip that my classical teacher showed me when I was 15 years old, and somehow my memory served it up the other night as I was going on stage.

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