Tour News – Australia “Acoustic Guitar Spectacular” Aug 14 – 22, 2015

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

Adam Rafferty - Acoustic Guitar Spectacular - Australia Tour 2015

For ticket info please visit – see you there!


How to Practice Guitar Like Bruce Lee

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?

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How to Get More Paying Gigs Playing the Guitar

Hey Gang,

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.

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Q & A about “Study With Adam” [launching tomorrow]


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: 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!)

Win an iPad Mini When “Study With Adam” Launches

This was such a hit the last time I did it, I figured I’d do it again!

I’ll be running a prize drawing for “early birds” who join
(launching April 14, 2015)


(I highly recommend joining my email list if you haven’t – my list gets notified first about launches and specials.)

If you try “Study With Adam” before midnight April 21, 2015 you will automatically be entered into the “giveaway drawing” and can win an iPad mini.

Even if you decide SWA is not for you, your name will be entered in the drawing and you can still win. I will announce the winner in early May 2015.

BONUS # 2 FREE ON-DEMAND DOWNLOAD for the first 50 students

I’ll even throw in a free On-Demand Version of Fingerstyle Favorites ($30 value) just for giving “Study With Adam” a try.

This will be limited to the first 50 students who register for “Study With Adam” – it’s another bonus for the “early birds”….

And…you get to keep the free bonus even if you decide to cancel.

Yep,it is my gift to you, just to say thank you for giving “Study With Adam” a try (…AND…there will be a risk-free 14 day trial…)

Feel free to leave any questions or comments below. Thanks again!

“Study With Adam” Website Launching April 14, 2015

If you’ve ever asked me about

  • lessons for cover songs
  • how to arrange songs
  • personal / SKYPE or workshop lessons with me

You probably got a message from me like:

“I am working on a new site, and I’ll let you know when it’s ready.”


On April 14th – it will be ready!

The all-new “Study With Adam” site will be launching on April 14, 2015.

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