Classical Guitar – It Is Easier to Be a Great Player (Musicians)(Psychology)(Pain)(Strain)(Injuries)(Posture)(Alexander Technique)(Albuquerque)

by ethankind on September 25, 2012

This ebook, An Alexander Technique Approach to Classical Guitar Technique, is published on this website in a PDF format. It is very detailed and practical, and it will give you the physical tools you need to take the limits off of your ability to create the accurate guitar technique you want without sacrificing your body.
This ebook is also for sale on all AMAZON websites in a KINDLE format.
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

IT IS EASY TO BE A GREAT CLASSICAL GUITARIST. IT IS HARD TO NOT LET YOURSELF BE A GREAT CLASSICAL GUITAR PLAYER. I really enjoy being on the flip side of what most people believe is true. What I mean, is that “common sense” says it’s hard to become an extraordinary guitarist, and it is easy to be a mediocre player.

It is the opposite! Let me explain. If you are practicing two hours or more a day, why not become extraordinary? There is a cause and effect thing happening here. What you expect of yourself on the classical guitar – how you practice, and whether you’re choosing the best technique (most effortless way to play), will determine whether you’re standing still as you practice, or are choosing a way to make the guitar a place to fully express yourself with ease.

Whether it’s conscious or unconscious, I believe most classical guitarists believe it is much harder work to become a fine player, than muddle through being an average player. There are two major considerations here that show it is much harder not to be as good as you can be.

The first is, if you are an average classical guitarist, do you have the potential to be a great guitar player. If you have the potential to be a great player, and you’re practicing consistently, and you’re hiding this from yourself, THEN YOU ARE IN PAIN.

Why? Because if you really love the classical guitar and its music, and you’re muddling through, isn’t this an attack on yourself? What I mean, is that if you know what you would love to hear coming out of the guitar as you play, but all you’re offering yourself is pain, strain, struggle, and boring interpretations, this is incredibly unloving, when you could do infinitely better.

The second major unloving thing a classical guitarist can do to him or herself, is to believe it is too hard to be as good as want to be and can be. “Too hard” is based 100% on a lie. IT IS TOO HARD NOT TO PRACTICE SMART, SO THAT YOU ELIMINATE ALL OF YOUR TECHNIQUE WEAKNESSES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, BY CHOOSING A TECHNIQUE AND POSTURE THAT MAKE THE CLASSICAL GUITAR EASY.

But this isn’t all, when it comes to beliefs that make being an extraordinary guitarist too hard. When I was an aspiring concert guitarist, I was told that I had to think about the guitar ALL OF THE TIME, if I wanted to be one of the best concert guitarists. WHAT A CRUEL THING TO TEACH A KID!

I believe there are a whole lot of classical guitar players out there that believe smart limited practice sessions aren’t enough. That if you want to be any good, you have to eat, sleep, drink, and think guitar 24/7. I can’t think of a quicker way to burn out a classical guitarist, than to NEVER get away from the instrument.

PRACTICE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF HOURS WITH INCREDIBLY CLEAR AND SMART GOALS WITHOUT SACRIFICING OUR BODY, AND “PUT THE CLASSICAL GUITAR DOWN” WHEN YOU’RE NOT PRACTICING THE GUITAR OR IN YOUR HEAD.

When you “put the classical guitar down” most of the day, then it is psychologically and emotionally possible to commit 100% to effortless playing when you “pick the guitar up”. Then it will be easy to be a wonderful guitarist without exhausting yourself or attacking yourself by muddling through in your designated finite practice time.

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