How you play is way more important than what you play.
The intertubes abound with lessons on how to shred, but there was nothing good written about how to develop killer time & feel.
“Use a metronome!” they’d say.
No shit, asshat. Show me how.
So instead of well-meaning BS advice from folks who don’t actually know, I made you this.
We’ll cover the specific things you’ll need to do to get your time & feel together (and sound like a badass professional).
Learn how to learn.
If you ask a hundred badass musicians:
"What's the most valuable thing you learned in music school?"
Ninety-eight of them will answer:
"How to practice."
I didn't go to school for music. So in order to get my practice chops together I read, studied, experimented, and pestered better, more experienced players in a quest to figure it out.
The result is this course: Ten lessons on how to build the habit of practicing. Twelve lessons on what to do once you're showing up consistently. Plus a copy of my favorite book on practicing. For the cost of one guitar shop lesson.
Get your technique together.
There are really only six picking motions, and there’s a mix of them that’s right for your hands and your tastes.
If you systematically learn each motion, you can figure out the right blend for you.
Let me help you find the picking technique that’s best suited to your hands & tastes (and teach you how to practice it efficiently).
Blaze through it in six blistering weeks, pick at it over the course of a year, or somewhere in between.
Up to you.
Music theory for the real world.
Music theory is an operating system—words & symbols that help you think about musical sounds. It's a lot of information, and having names for things helps make sense of it all.
The standard way to approach theory on guitar treats you like a child—velcro instead of shoelaces. (And about as useful once you're out in the real world.)
The music school way is like that guy in the bar scene of Good Will Hunting: "my contention is that the economic modalities in the Southern Colonies could most aptly be characterized as agrarian precapitalist..."
Congrats, you took one of the best things in life and turned it into a boring lecture.
Both approaches dump the box of puzzle pieces out at your feet and leave the assembly up to you.
Luckily for you, there's a third way.
Real-world theory used everyday by real musicians. Short lessons, arranged in logical order. Built-in review. Truly useful stuff, not superfluous arcane BS.
It's called GuitarOS. When you're ready to update the operating system between your ears, come join us.
Metronome Boot Camp – Free
- the ten most common metronome mistakes—our ‘anti-roadmap’
- step-by-step instructions on how to set up the world’s best metronome
- how to avoid the biggest pitfall most metronome users fall into
- redefining progress—what it is and what it isn’t
- a look at some less-obvious uses of the metronome
- eleven kick-ass exercises to dial in your time & feel
GuitarOS – $99
- Everything in Metronome Boot Camp
- Everything in Practice Habits
- Plus six other sections, walking you through practical music theory, one day at a time.
- we’ll convert your “operating system” from coordinates to note names
- we’ll use powerful flashcard software to internalize the notes in each key
- we’ll use those notes & keys to learn how to build & name chords
- we’ll assemble those chords into progressions, and internalize the most common ones in every key
- from there, we’ll take a look at rhythmic notation, which will give you a greater command of your time & feel
- that rhythmic notation also supplies you with the missing piece we need to understand how basic charts are written (and how we can write our own charts, then hire badasses to play with us).
- gig-tested, professional-grade music theory
- ZERO bs, fluff, filler, or fussy music-school snobbery
- just real world knowledge, tools, & systems for the day-to-day realities of thinking about, understanding, and communicating music with other badass musicians.
Practice Habits – $25
- ten lessons on building the habit of practicing
- fourteen lessons on what to do now that you’re practicing regularly
- myths (and facts) about habits & how to build them
- a personalized assessment that identifies your habit type (and what it means for you going forward)
- tips, tricks, & tools to make you more effective (both inside and outside the practice room)
- a look at the top ten ways people get it wrong when they practice
- how to get it right instead
- simple ways to 5x (or more) your practicing efficiency
- how to set up your practice space
- why & how to keep a practice journal
- interleaved practice—what it is and how to do it
- hard skills vs. soft skills (and when to work on each)
- tools the pros are using that you aren’t
- plus I’ll buy you a copy of my favorite book on practicing