January 9, 2022

the heavy arm on guitar

Walking Across The Strings With The Heavy Arm

I hope you enjoyed learning about  

  • 1
    The Light Finger
  • 2
    The Firm Finger
  • 3
    The Floating Arm
  • 4
    The Heavy Arm
  • 5
    All Aboard
  • 6
    Walking Across The Strings With Heavy Arm

Putting It All Together: The Foundation Exercises

I have listed above all the essential elements that must be in place before you will be able to learn to play guitar easily without struggle. 

These elements must be learned separately, which we do as we practice the Foundation Exercises in "The Principes Of Correct Practice For Guitar". When we reach the last few Foundation Excercises, we put all the elemetns together.  

The follwing exercise is how we begin to put these elements together.  We are going to walk all fingers across the strings with The Heavy Arm. Keeping the shoulder relaxed while fingers are playing is one of the secrets of great guitar playing. In this exercise, we introduce the arm to this feeling. Once you have it, you'll never want to play without it!

Even doing this much, and practicing it a few minutes a day, will radically change your guitar playing. If you want to see what this can lead to, as you finish the Walking Exercises from “The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar”, click the button below, and I’ll show you a few students who did just that, and you’ll see how easy it is for them to use each finger with great control and relaxation.

Kier from London, Guitar Principles Student



I've recently started using "The Principles". I'm absolutely loving it so far. Your approach lines up perfectly with what I have learned in the past from meditation, yoga and lifting weights and seeing all the parallels is incredible and convinces me that your method will work for me.

I've been in a rut for a while, now I'm super excited about practice!

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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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!