Guitar Articles by Jamey Andreas

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  1. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 7/14/2004 · 21733 Hits
    Somewhere along the way in our development as guitar players, we start to get the idea that it would be a good idea if we learned some of those things called scales. If we are new to the guitar, and new to music, we are probably not even quite s...(more)
  2. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 4/22/2004 · 22591 Hits
    I am fond of saying, to others and to myself, one of my guiding principles of life and guitar: "the most important thing in life is knowing what you want, and the second most important thing is knowing whether you are getting it". You may disput...(more)
  3. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 8/6/2003 · 21334 Hits
    I had previously spoke about the necessity of recording yourself if you want to be all that you can be as a musician. It was all true enough, but there is more to the story. I feel I should give you a bit more guidance in going about meeting the...(more)
  4. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 5/20/2003 · 19347 Hits
    There are some aspects and levels of the teaching process for guitar that are very subtle, very hard to convey in words. I think I would go so far as to say they are impossible to convey in words. These understandings can only be conveyed by dir...(more)
  5. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 4/15/2003 · 30831 Hits
    The longer I teach, the more I am impressed with one unassailable fact: most of what becoming good or great on the guitar is about has nothing to do with "musical ability". It has everything to do with that group of qualities loosely spoken of a...(more)
  6. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 3/12/2003 · 16817 Hits
    Well, at the risk of employing a terminology that could lead to endless and possibly embarrassing metaphors, I will adhere to a little principle of teaching that seems to be quite successful. That is, when I latch onto a useful and sometimes rev...(more)
  7. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 11/6/2002 · 17000 Hits
    It's interesting to think of the ways people speak about time, and their relationship to it. Certainly, the subject of time has been the study of not only scientists in recent times, but even more so by mystics, sages, and saints throughout t...(more)
  8. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 9/18/2002 · 13270 Hits
    If we are dedicated to our growth as artists who play the guitar, we must be very smart to get the best out of ourselves. Part of the difficulty in doing so lies in combating the forces and conditioning of the world around us. The world aroun...(more)
  9. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 8/1/2002 · 16291 Hits
    Yes, I have often felt that I run a Hospital For Dead And Dying Guitarists. The cripples hobble in to the emergency room, or are carried in on stretchers, and I diagnose their case. I take their medical history, and assess the harmful, and somet...(more)
  10. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 6/4/2002 · 14083 Hits
    One of the joys of knowing how to practice correctly is the feeling of confidence when you decide to learn a new song, piece, or exercise. When you first sit down to practice you have the same feeling that a craftsmen has when he/she sits down t...(more)
  11. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 3/14/2002 · 7984 Hits
    When I was a teenager I spent a lot of time educating myself about music. I used to read a lot of the excellent educational material produced by Leonard Bernstein. I remember reading an essay of his describing the role of the conductor in an orc...(more)
  12. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 1/18/2002 · 10767 Hits
    I think very likely there exists a very common misconception about this word that we hear all the time, and one that I use often as well: relaxation. I will make my best attempt to bring your understanding of this subject up to a higher level. ...(more)
  13. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 12/20/2001 · 7678 Hits
    I was very fortunate when I was growing up, because my father worked for one of the greatest companies a person could work for, especially at that time (1950's, 60's). He worked for IBM. IBM was founded by a very great and visionary individual n...(more)
  14. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 11/21/2001 · 9443 Hits
    In my essay, "Discover Your Discomfort", I alerted you to the simple necessity for paying absolute attention to the physical body during the practice process. I explained that unnecessary and excessive physical tension is always present when we ...(more)
  15. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 11/7/2001 · 10762 Hits
    After gaining an appreciation of the Floating Arm and Light Finger, you need to discover the Heavy Arm and Firm Finger. These are the names that describe the sensations that accompany the actual doing of Bar Chords, and they proceed from the Sen...(more)
  16. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 10/25/2001 · 33545 Hits
    In this essay, I am going to apply a number of the Principles of Correct Practice to a technical area that is of major concern to players. For beginners, it poses one of the most challenging difficulties, and an incomplete appreciation of it's ...(more)
  17. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 9/25/2001 · 10212 Hits
    <b>Understanding and Allowing the Step by Step Process</b><br> You must understand that your ability to effectively change bad habits is going to depend completely upon how deeply and truly you understand the fundamental mechanics of the process...(more)
  18. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 9/5/2001 · 10909 Hits
    I want to address an issue that seems to keep coming up for people who are familiar with my work, and beginning to use my methods. People are reading my essays, and it seems a new awareness is beginning to dawn for them, which is good, that's th...(more)
  19. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 6/26/2001 · 9456 Hits
    There are five chapters in "The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar", and each one begins with a statement that practicing guitarists would do well to keep in mind. One of them is "When you see the complexity of what you think is simple, y...(more)
  20. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 5/30/2001 · 8558 Hits
    I will now elaborate on the concepts set forth in <a href="/articles/item.asp?i=100">Part One</a> of this examination of memorizing music. In Part One, the essential point I wanted you to understand is that attention is the foundation of the pro...(more)