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by Tom Boddison 16 Sep, 2017
Progress on guitar tends to come in two forms:

1) Gradual progress, with skills that you improve gradually over time. This is the bit-by-bit progress you get each day in things like scales, chords etc.

2) Bursts of progress, with skills that tend to stagnate for a while before suddenly becoming much better. This is often what happens with skills like picking technique, and other technical challenges (such as my experience with flamenco rasgueado strumming).

As discussed in the last article  ( don't worry, you don't have to read it to understand this article) , our brain automatically makes assumptions about how much progress we will make.

This can be a good thing, because it gives us an idea of how long we might take to learn something.

However, most of the time these subconscious expectations are  way off, leading to frustration and a feeling of helplessness ("Why can't I learn this?!").

If we could accurately predict exactly what progress we'll make and when - including getting a rough idea of what our motivation will be like at any given point - then we'd be able to smash through almost any challenge without too much trouble.

We'd be able to prepare for plateaus before we hit them, and we'd always know if we were on track to our goals - pretty awesome, right?

In this lesson we're gonna go through some key strategies you can use to predict the results you'll get - and how to use this info to become a better player.
by Tom Boddison 11 Sep, 2017
Eliminate frustration forever and punch through plateaus in your playing...
by Tom Boddison 13 Aug, 2017
I talk a lot about practice and mindset here at TomGuitar - and that's because they're SUPER important to becoming a good player.

Practice well, and you'll get handsomely rewarded.

But how do you practice "well"? What even defines how good your practice is?

Any practice session (and actually, any skill - from water skiing to languages) can be broken down into three key elements, and it's these three that make the difference between success and failure.

Download the free "Effective Practice Cheat-Sheet" for a one-page PDF of all the tips in this article. You can print it out (or save it) and have it right next to you when you practice, to make sure you get maximum results every time you pick up your guitar! Pretty cool, huh?
by Tom Boddison 08 Aug, 2017
The highly-acclaimed Jamie Andreas (of Guitar Principles) is here to give us some excellent advice on getting past frustrating plateaus on the guitar.
by Tom Boddison 15 Jul, 2017
Get the best tips from 15 top guitarists and teachers on how YOU can be the best guitarist you can be
by Tom Boddison 11 Jul, 2017
Every guitar player wants stronger fingers. Find out the TRUTH about guitar finger strength... and why it might be very different to what you think.
by Tom Boddison 03 Jul, 2017
If there's one thing every guitar player wants, it's more TIME.

It always seems like you can't practice as much as you'd like, and some days you might not get to practice at all. It can get really frustrating!

Thankfully it doesn't have to be like this. With the strategies in this article, you'll be able to find loads more practice time and reach your goals much faster.

Every extra minute you find is another minute that's helping you become a better player - that's why every extra minute needs to be squeezed out.

Let's get started!

Grab the free "Practice Time Checklist" PDF for a summary of all 13 points in this article. Print it off and hang it up in your practice room so you can always find time to practice, no matter how busy you are!
by Tom Boddison 29 Jun, 2017
The complete process to mastering any lick, in any song...
by Tom Boddison 21 Jun, 2017
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by Tom Boddison 20 Jun, 2017
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