There are many good reasons to identify your weak spots as a guitar player. But the benefits of going deep on the weakest links are pivotal. It is not just that this or that aspect of your playing moves forward: everything moves forward.
What is more, bridging those gaps will free energy and resources that are otherwise used up in emotional stress and confusion: picture yourself playing guitar… unless your experience of playing, composing and improvising is consistently joyful, chances are you’ve got some self-limiting beliefs that are keeping you fixed.
But this is not about sending you to therapy: we can save that for later. What it is about is finding the most efficient possible way forward. If you hack behavior, mindset follows and whole new avenues of exploration open up. By hacking your behavior first, and in this way going around the apparent obstacle —your wall of limiting beliefs— you’re free to move forward with gusto and elan.
Two weak links
I have found with amazing consistency that the weakest link of guitar players of all genres and levels is understanding the fretboard. And that’s the reason that I’ve developed so much material on this over the years.
It took me several years to piece together the different cognitive, behavioral and strictly musical parts of the puzzle, and then two more years to develop and test this new approach to make sure that it all just works. What I found exceeded my own expectations. Hacking resistance only to then immediately hack the confusion mindset is uniquely powerful. The two biggest stumbling blocks of every aspiring guitar player have been rendered inoperative in one fell swoop.
And the key word here is testing: everything is built around the
student Fretboard Addict, with no assumption left unchecked. This just works: by oiling the right hinges (behavior and understanding), the developing guitarist is able to free his energy to actually make music. And that is what counts.