February 21, 2019

the heavy arm on guitar

The Firm Finger & Heavy Arm

 When guitar fingers are playing a note, they must be firm in order to press the string to the fret.
And, we must teach the fingers to direct the weight of the arm to the strings. 

The ability to direct arm weight through the fingers on to the strings is one of the secrets of easy,
good, and great guitar playing. When we do this, it is called "The Heavy Arm". 

Watch this video, and learn how to use the firm fingers and heavy arm to direct arm weight to the strings.

The more you use the "Heavy Arm" in your playing, the more you will love it! Playing will become easier and you will have much more stamina and less fatigue, as your arm weight does much of the work of pressing strings down. The difference between doing this, and using only muscle power to play is like night and day!

Let's get even more comfortable with using the Heavy Arm. Let's teach the fingers to walk across the strings using the Heavy Arm.

David Falgout

InTouch Engineer Schlumberger Rosharon Campus

I have struggled for years trying to learn left hand placement, and the mechanics of the various chord changes, but alone this is nearly impossible.

Everything Jamie describes is what I am experiencing, from having a bad teacher to trying to teach myself. I watched videos of teachers saying "Watch me play it, now you do it."  They never tell you the real mechanics of how the fingers must work.

This is what is missing from everyone else’s lessons. I think I just found my inspiration again!

About the author 

Jamie Andreas

Jamie Andreas has one goal: to make sure that everyone who wants to learn guitar is successful. After her first 25 years of teaching, she wrote the world acclaimed method for guitar "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar". She put everything into this method that was essential for success on guitar.
Called "The Holy Grail" of guitar books, the Principles has enabled thousands of students who tried and failed to play guitar for years or even decades, to become real guitar players.

In 2012 Jamie was profiled in "Guitar Zero" (Penguin Press 2012), a study of how adults learn to play guitar. Jamie was interviewed along with some of the worlds leading guitarist/teachers, including jazz legend Pat Martino and Tom Morello ("Rage Against The Machine").

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guitar success series by jamie andreas


My "Guitar Success Series" will teach you the most important things I teach all my students. 

If these things are wrong, all you will get is frustration from guitar practice!