The 5 Chapters of "The Principles"
The usual book contains exercises, not Foundation Exercises. Exercises, such as scales, pull offs, hammers, etc. actually depend on a foundation already being there, they do not build one.
Most often, when students use exercises found in books, this foundation is not there. So, like a house with no foundation, but new floors added all the time, technique that is built with the usual exercises is often very shaky. So, whether you are a beginner, or a player with the usual problems, here is your Foundation, The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar!
Chapter One... Here is the wake-up call to the beginner, and to the player beset with the usual problems that show up after a few years of playing. Here is where I start to give you the Correct Attitude of the person who knows how to do "Power Practice".
You will understand the all important relationship between Desire, Attention, and Awareness, why you need all three, and how one leads to the other. You will learn that "good" players are having an entirely different "internal experience", of mind and body, then people who have trouble playing. And that you can have the same "internal experience" as the good player, which will make you a good player!
To know how to practice is to know how to change your playing for the better.
Chapter Two... In this chapter, I lay out the vital concepts you must understand, in order to practice correctly. You will learn the definition of Good Practice, and how to do it. You will learn what "stress points" are, how they happen, and what to do about them. You will learn 4 Powerful Tools for Practicing. These Tools will become part of your arsenal as a Practicer, and you will see an immediate improvement in your playing, an immediate increase in results from your practice time.
Chapter Three... Here is where we begin to get down to it. The absolute basics are addressed, in a way that is comprehensive and unique. Did you know that many people guarantee a world of trouble the moment they hold the guitar, before playing a note? Find out why, and how to not have it happen to you.
Everything you need to know about the right hand, from using a pick, to fingerstyle. And much more...
The exact way to hold and use a pick, and how to avoid what usually goes wrong after the pick touches the string.
More Exercises and Tools to learn the correct use of the arm and hand, pick and fingerstyle.
A detailed description of the correct way to position the right hand for Fingerstyle. Learn how to have real Classical Technique in the Right Hand, enabling you to make full use of all fingers.
A detailed description of the correct way to use the Thumb and fingers.
More powerful practice Tools to enable you to solve common playing problems, for every level and every style
Also, a series of Foundation Exercises. These are exercises that give you a real foundation of technique. One that you can continue to build on throughout your life as a player. Most beginners, at the beginning, build in limitations to their continued growth. With "The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar", this will not happen to you!
Taken together, the understandings and exercises in Chapter Three set up the players Right Hand so that arpeggios and scales played pickstyle or fingerstyle can be learned and played well, and speed can be built, while maintaining accuracy and control.
Chapter Four... What the previous chapter does for the right hand, this chapter does for the left. The left hand always presents problems to the beginner, problems that linger for years, or forever, limiting the playing and the potential for growth.
Power is the ability to create change.
The Principles make your practice POWERFUL!
Here in Chapter Four are incredibly effective Foundation Exercises for developing the Left Hand and fingers so that they function as independent agents, doing what they need to do without being crippled by the tension and weakness that afflicts so many players.
Taken together, the understandings and exercises in Chapter Four set up the players Left Hand so that scales, chords, etc. can be learned and played well, and speed can be built, while maintaining accuracy and control.
Chapter Five...This final chapter is about the Art and Science of Practicing. Here, actual practice approaches are given. In other words, how to go about using the Understandings, Tools, and Exercises in a routine, easily applied daily approach that will bring you the results you are looking for. Everything in the first four chapters could be considered your vehicle, your nice new shiny race car. This chapter is the road you take it out on, to get where you want to go.
Here you will find The Basic Practice Approach, the approach to be used to solve all technical problems in playing. You will also find a description of the 3 levels of practice, (Microscopic Practicing, Assimilation, and Shaping), to be used to take you from the practice room to the concert stage.