March 1, 2019

the butterfly exercise on guitar

Walking Across The Strings With Light Fingers

 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.

guitar finger placement not good
good guitar finger placement

Congratulations! You have taught each of your fingers how to be relaxed, curled and separated on the guitar strings. This is the first essential step in getting real control of your fingers. 

Now your're ready for the next step in your left hand transformation - making the finger firm and adding the arm weight to them with the Heavy Arm...

Patricia Hubbard

guitar student

Jamie's Guitar Principles of Correct Practice has been amazingly helpful to me. I have been struggling with guitar off and on for 30 years, and her guidance has allowed me to reach a level of skill and enjoyment I could never find before, and allowed me to break through the "wall" that I kept hitting on my own.

Past teachers - even those who were conservatory trained- somehow missed the boat. Many thanks to Jamie Andreas!

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!