Learn How To Play Guitar Cleaner Than Ever By Removing Extra Tension In Your Body
Fact: Playing guitar fast and clean with little effort isn't just about practicing scale patterns, technical arpeggios or shred technique.
You make playing guitar clean feel easy when you remove the tension in your body that causes you to make sloppy mistakes. This finally gives you the ability to play amazing guitar licks as if it was second nature, just like the pros do.
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Want to know even more about relaxing excess tension in your body? No problem!
Let me tell you a little story:
I once taught a student who had a very unusual problem.
While most guitar players hold way too much tension in their body when they play and don’t know it…
..this guy tried to relax a little *too* hard.
And in doing so, he forgot one thing:
Too “little” tension is almost as bad for you as too much tension!
In his case, his picking hand was so loose, he couldn’t even keep his wrist in line with his forearm. This made his playing very sloppy, since the open strings were allowed to ring out.
But worst of all:
His pick attack was so crazy weak, his playing was almost inaudible – even at slow tempos.
Fortunately, I fixed up his playing and within a couple of lessons he was a new man.
But the lesson for you is:
Your goal is not to minimize your tension levels – it’s to optimize them.
Your picking hand often needs to use a lot of tension to play guitar well. The last thing you want is to pick with weak pick attack.
If you do, it becomes hard to keep your hands in sync when you play guitar fast.
Here is another tension control tip:
Sometimes you can fight excess tension with MORE tension!
Here is how:
Literally tense up your entire body as hard as you can for about 5 seconds.
When you do, your body will change into a more relaxed state.
Do this anytime you feel some nagging tension you can’t get rid of and you’ll play better.
Here is yet another way excess tension can affect your guitar playing:
One of the most annoying problems you’ll deal with when you play fast is…
… tensing up as you switch from playing slowly (or not playing anything) to playing at full speed.
This can happen even if you are generally good at controlling excess tension.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution.
All you do is:
Exhale before you start playing fast.
This does 2 things:
- It releases any tension you are currently holding in your body
- It prevents your body from becoming tense during (and right after) you exhale.
You’ll play faster, cleaner and more consistently than before.
Now you know the best ways to relax (and optimize) excess muscle tension in your playing.
The next step is to polish up your other musical skills (other guitar techniques, ear training, music theory knowledge, fretboard knowledge and more), so you can finally put it all together and become a complete musician.
I can help you with this in my Breakthrough Guitar Lessons.
Here is how it works:
First, you fill out an in-depth evaluation from where you tell me all about your guitar playing, your musical goals and your previous guitar lesson experience (if any). Don’t worry, it’s not a test (you don't have to answer all questions correctly).
It just tells me exactly what I need to know to start teaching you.
Then I go to work for you.
After you become a student, I will carefully study your evaluation form and create your personal breakthrough guitar lessons strategy that is specific to you. Then I create your first lesson based on your lesson strategy.
As soon as I’m done, I will upload your lesson into your student account on tomhess.net and email you letting you know it's ready and waiting for you.
All of this typically takes between 3-5 hours for me to do for you. (Please be patient with me on this part. I want to do as thorough of a job designing your lesson strategy as possible. The better your lesson strategy – the faster you improve. That’s why this process takes time.)
What goes into your 1st lesson?
Exercises, concepts, drills and techniques that begin moving you from where you are as a guitar player today to where you want to be.
Each lesson is a step towards reaching your musical goals.
In addition, as a guitar student of mine, you also have access to:
- Weekly live video Office Hours. This is where you can ask me anything about guitar playing or music. I'm there to help you – live on video.
- Weekly live video training classes. In these classes, I take the hardest guitar playing topics and break them down to make them easy to master. Plus, I get to see you play and answer your questions live on video.
- We also do live guitar practice sessions for you, me and my other students. We all practice guitar together and work on things each of us may struggle to practice individually. This helps you to get stuff done and improve more quickly.
- If you have questions – email me anytime - day or night. I answer your questions in detail and you always get a detailed reply from me directly.
- You can send me recordings of your playing for feedback. In my feedback, I help you diagnose and remove bad habits from your playing and erase all obstacles slowing down your progress.
You also get access to our exclusive community on my students’ forum. There you can get support from my top guitar students – many of whom are now professional guitar teachers themselves.
Then you begin practicing. You don’t have to practice for hours per day – 30 minutes per day (4-5 times per week) is enough to see results.
All you have to do is follow the steps I lay out for you in your guitar lessons. And keep doing this not just for the 1st lesson, but in all the lessons that follow.
Check out the results my guitar students are achieving:
“July of 2012, I had been managing in a retail store and was kind of reaching this point where I was really getting frustrated because I had been struggling to progress in my guitar playing. I had this mindset that I had to teach myself everything... you know and the best players are all self taught and stuff like that...”
...and I remembered Tom Hess from that book, and I said “You know, it’s time to look this guy up and see what he’s all about.” And it didn’t take me very long to figure out that this is the kind of person that I needed to get on board with.
My playing has definitely improved technique-wise, but probably the most important change I have experienced is just in my overall mindset as a player and as a practicing musician. I just feel like I have a much better frame of mind and a much better idea of where I am going and where my guitar practicing is taking me. Whereas before I just felt like I had to practice everything and I had a whole bunch of stuff going on. It’s a lot more focused now.
Being in the environment that Tom has created with his other students is incredibly motivating. I had always been in my own little shell, kind of just stayed on my own. Coming out here... like when I came out here last year was a big step out of my comfort zone. Getting around all these other musicians... it’s unbelievable how great some of these guys are, not just as players, but as people.
Andrew Tintle, Richmond, California USA
“I had problems with physical playing. I couldn’t hold the pick, I was struggling a lot, there was frustration for like years. I started out looking for a YouTube solution, maybe someone knows how to angle the pick or build up speed and accidentally ran into Tom.”
The video wasn’t about playing, he only had a conversation. I listened up to him. I saw that Tom made a lot of sense in his speech, and I got interested. I went to his site, started looking at what he offered, got very interested, filled out the form, got my first lesson, started building up myself and started getting more results than I was getting before when I was self taught. It was an amazing experience that opened up so many doors, and still there are so many doors to open.
The material is specifically done for your individual needs, to reach your goals. You can always put up new goals. You can have feedback on your playing, see your weak areas and strong areas. Tom cares a lot about his students. He always reviews and watches how I am progressing so we can review material, step by step.
Not skipping the steps. He is paying attention to it, and that’s what I like about it. I last felt this kind of motivation when I was 13 and starting out with a band, now I’m feeling the same fire and passion. There are students who are more advanced, more knowledgeable and have more experience. Instead of feeling jealous, I feel much more motivated to push myself further.
Freddy Kuiva, Estonia
“I started playing guitar maybe about 15 years ago. I had a really crappy teacher. Basically, based on some bad advice I went to learn classical guitar. I mean I wanted to learn electric guitar, but my friends learned classical, then acoustic, then electric. So I foolishly went to the music school and said I want to learn classical guitar, but they never asked me why, what do I want to do, so they said yeah ok, here’s a guitar, let’s go.”
So after about a year of faking trying to learn music notation, I quit. But I really loved, music, the guitar, so, I’m a pretty creative person in general, so I just you know, came up with a whole bunch of stuff on the guitar. I was self-taught for many years, until I came across Tom’s website. And then what happened was… after reading all of his articles, I used his article on how to choose a guitar teacher, and I went around my local city in Kuala Lumpur, trying to find teachers based on that criteria and of course they couldn’t even meet one criterion. And I actually went for a few lessons, and after a while it was like, well, it’s not worth it, I’m just going to go with Tom.
He has a lot of freaking awesome students. I’ve been playing guitar for 15 years, I’ve been a correspondence student for about 5 years or 6 years, everything prior to that was just a waste of time.
The forum is beyond words. I mean, I ask a question and I get 20 responses or 10 responses from very helpful people. Everybody is trying to help there. Nobody is criticizing like anybody. Everybody is just so helpful. It’s like having 20 Tom Hesses. It’s like, you know… 20 mentors, 20 people… more than that actually. So I think the forum is awesome for that. Not only because of the information available there, but just because of the people willing to help.
Vishaal Kapoor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“I started lessons when I was a young kid. I was in school. I had a casual teacher, but he only taught us chords, like basic stuff if you want to learn like 3 chord songs. But I wanted more than that, so I went to a local guitar teacher. But he also gave me the same thing. But after like 5 or 6 years of lessons, like I found myself, like if I heard a backing track or something, I couldn’t play with someone. I mean I didn’t feel like a musician, I feel like someone who can just move his fingers from like fret 1 to fret whatever. But with Tom, he’s giving me the tools to become what I want to become, become the musician I want to become. And this is exactly what I want.”
Tom Hess was basically the only guy on the internet with the credentials and the reviews, and basically everyone recommended him. He even had his own students webpage. All his students were like established guitar teachers and professional musicians and they had their own sites and I contacted like 7 of them, and they all recommended Tom Hess, and that’s why I joined him.
I like taking lessons with Tom because he gives me what I want. It’s not like something general for everyone. Like if you want to learn blues, he gives you lessons for blues, but I want to become a metal player and also a neoclassical player, so he’s giving me exactly what I need and what I want. And if I have a problem I just post a thread on the amazing forum, and I get like answers, not just short answers, but really detailed answers. I feel like I am taken care of, I don’t have to worry about anything. If I just follow everything word for word what Tom gives me in all of the lessons, that’s if I have time, because they’re so big, I mean every lesson, people think it’s overpriced, but each lesson, if you want to master it, take everything out of it, is going to take you like 4 weeks of 2 hours of work every day.
Mohamed Karim Koleilat, Beirut, Lebanon
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