How To Effectively Master Guitar Using Powerful Integration Technique
Want to quickly become the guitar player you always wanted to be?
What not to do:
Learn everything on your own, one-topic-at-a-time.
This is a much slower method for learning on guitar, which has you wasting time and energy.
Learn how to quickly master guitar using my advice in this video:
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What you just saw is an illustration of my guitar teaching philosophy called:
The Geometric Approach
And the #1 question I get about it is:
“Tom Hess, doesn't learning guitar well take longer with this approach, since you never fully master each skill before moving on to the next skill?”
The answer is: No. In fact, the exact opposite is true.
Here is a simple way to explain it:
Imagine cooking spaghetti for dinner.
Only instead of doing it the usual way (putting all the pieces of spaghetti into the pot to cook together), you commit the greatest spaghetti-cooking sin known to man:
You cook one piece of spaghetti at a time from start to finish.
You stand and watch over it with bated breath, getting the cooking time just right.
Then you carefully remove your 1-strand culinary masterpiece, put it on a plate and admire it for a few seconds.
Next, you clean out the pot and fill it up with fresh water again. Then you take the second spaghetti strand and cook it from start to finish.
You repeat the process, one spaghetti piece at a time.
Finally, about 4 hours later, your whole family gathers ‘round to eat...
A cold mess of sticky, unappetizing slop!
Sounds stupid, right?
But for some reason, this is exactly how most people think they should learn guitar.
They want to work on one skill and master it from A to Z. Then they move on to another skill, rinse & repeat.
And they are afraid to move on to something else before the first thing is fully mastered.
Sounds pretty logical... until you put on your “spaghetti glasses” and realize that this way of learning...
Makes no sense at all!
Here is why:
You don’t get full from eating one piece of spaghetti (no matter how good it tastes).
And you don’t call yourself a guitar player from having only 1 guitar playing skill (no matter how well you can do it).
To play music, you need many skills. Skills that develop together – just like your spaghetti pieces all cook together. Skills you can make music with long before you master each one.
Plus, imagine there are 100 skills to learn as a guitar player.
If you wait to fully master each skill before starting all over again from scratch...
... you'd literally be starting to play guitar all over again as a beginner 100 times!
I don't know about you - but this doesn't sound very smart to me.
And this is where my Geometric ApproachTM comes in.
When I create a lesson strategy for a student, I think of ALL the skills that person needs to play guitar the way they want.
Then I help them work on all (or at least: "several" ) of them at any given time.
And as one skill improves, the other skills improve alongside it.
This way, you don't develop glaring weaknesses in your playing. (And you gradually fix any weaknesses you do have).
You become the guitar player you want to be a lot faster and get to feel like a true musician, LONG before your skills reach the advanced level.
On that note…
I helped thousands of people become good (and great) guitar players using the Geometric ApproachTM
And you could become the next guitar player I help in my Breakthrough Guitar Lessons.
Here is how it works:
You will fill out a detailed evaluation form to tell me about yourself as a guitar player.
I ask you a ton of questions about your musical skills, knowledge, strengths, weaknesses, frustrations, background and guitar playing goals.
Here is what happens after you are done (and you select one of the lesson plans on the next page):
I will go through your evaluation from in detail (I usually read it at least twice). Then I will create a lesson strategy to get your playing from where it is today to where you want it to be.
It’s all based on everything you told me about yourself in your evaluation form.
(Note: It may take me 2-3 hours to create your lesson strategy. So, please be patient. I don't want to rush this step, because it’s going to play a huge role in you becoming a better guitar player quickly.)
Next: I create your actual lesson materials.
What are your lesson materials?
These are the exercises, drills, concepts and techniques and that break down your goals into bite-sized steps that improve your playing.
As you follow these steps – you become a better guitar player. Same way you follow the navigation system in your car.
Just follow the directions, make all the right turns and you will get where you want to go.
It’s almost literally that simple.
As you practice – you won’t be alone.
Here is how I help you in between your lessons:
- I train you live on video every week in live training classes. There 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.
- I'm here for you when you need me. Here is what this means:
If you have questions – email me anytime - day or night. I answer your questions in detail and you always get a reply from me directly.
Plus, you can talk to me every week live on video in Office Hours (where I answer your questions live on video).
- 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 can join 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.
(I’ve coached them on how to teach guitar in the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle.)
All you have to do is practice what I tell you to do at least 30 minutes per day 5 times per week.
If you can practice more – that’s great. But if you practice the lessons I give you just 30 minutes per day, it becomes almost impossible for you not to improve.
Check out the results my guitar students are achieving:
“When I met Tom Hess, I knew that this is the guy. Just going through the evaluation form, all the questions, different questions, and he was digging deeper and deeper into all my goals and all that stuff... and no one has ever done that with me before, so I felt right away that this is the guy.”
The level that I was at before I went to Tom for lessons was that I could play pretty fast, I could play sloppy, I didn’t know nothing about music theory, so I was kind of unbalanced, I was uneven. I was a good player technically, but I knew very little about music theory. So I wanted to even that out, and Tom has helped me, not only evening that out, but also exceeding my expectations. So now I’m playing at a level that I didn’t expect that I could play at. So that’s... I’m very happy with that.I like lessons with Tom because of the format basically. He gives a variety of formats... not just one format, like video for example, but also pdf files and audio files that you can take with you if you’re doing something else... you have to do labor that day, laundry or whatever... then you can listen to the sessions and while... you can actually benefit when you’re not even practicing, so it’s a no brainer.
Gottfrid Norberg Waxin, Sweden
“Before I took lessons with Tom Hess, I wanted to learn how to do some sweep picking and I also wanted to fill in a few gaps that I thought I might’ve had in my playing. And also I was feeling a little bit frustrated with not knowing where to take my playing. I didn’t really know how to get better. I felt like I reached a plateau, so that’s why I sought out Tom.”
I’ve had a few other guitar teachers before I took lessons with Tom, and most of them weren’t very good. And after reading a few articles online that Tom had written, I could tell that this guy was going to be the teacher for me.
The biggest thing that I really like is the actual guitar lessons themselves. I’m finding that I’m learning new things that I never even considered every single time I get a lesson. Something new to apply to my playing each time. But of course, I really enjoy the forum as well, because thanks to the lessons with Tom, I’ve been able to meet people from all over the world who have similar experiences and similar goals, so that’s been really motivating as well.
Before I took lessons with Tom I really didn’t like improvisation. I knew scales, and I knew kind of how they applied over chord progressions, but I just didn’t like it. Since taking lessons with Tom, some of the lessons are focused on that specific issue, and now I feel really comfortable about getting up in front of people and playing over any type of… in any key any backing track, I feel pretty comfortable doing that.
Tom actually knows what my goals are and gives me specific lessons that will help me achieve those goals. Other teachers that I’ve had before just do it their way… it’s either their way or the highway. And they don’t really care about what I wanted to do, and they didn’t really listen, and they didn’t really look into what I was doing or what my interests were and didn’t really play into that.
It’s really motivating to get to know people who are also students of Tom. It’s really good to have positive-minded musicians around even if I’m just talking to them online, or if I meet them in person, either way it’s still really motivating.
The forum has helped me because I am able to ask any music theory related questions or technique questions and I get those answered very very quickly. And I also like to participate in discussions and help share my knowledge as well with other people, which when I do that I feel that it’s reinforcing the things that I know as well, so it helps with my music theory knowledge when I share as well.
Greg Trotter, Melbourne, Australia
“Before I started taking correspondence lessons I was basically stagnant in my playing. I had kind of reached what I thought was a pinnacle and I started looking for what’s next, what’s bigger and better… and I just happened across Tom’s lessons and since then I’ve realized that this plateau that I was feeling was way down here and now he’s helped me tremendously. I know I can do things on the guitar that I could’ve never dreamed of five years ago.”
I chose to take guitar lessons with Tom over anybody else because a) Tom is a professional musician, and I want to learn from people who are making a living as a musician and b) he just had a wealth of knowledge that he freely gives to you to kind of say here, you know here is the golden nugget.
The biggest change in my playing that has happened since I started taking lessons with Tom is playing like a true musician, phrasing like a true musician, and kind of separating myself away from all the wannabes.
So if I were to compare Tom’s correspondence lessons with just taking private lesson in a local market, it’s night and day. For one thing, Tom’s lessons are easy to understand, they’re very in depth and they’re tailored to what you want to learn… versus private lessons, a lot of times the teachers are using their students as guinea pigs to figure out how to teach… and Tom’s not doing that, he’s knows what he’s doing.
Thoughts when I started with Tom were “Is this going to work for me?” because it was definitely not the norm. And my thoughts now are “Hell yes it’s going to work”, because you see results.
Tom’s goal-oriented approach has helped me, I guess break horizons and get results that I could’ve never gotten before. Only because he helped me flesh out how I want to play and how to get there. He gave the goals and the path to get there, and it’s been excellent. Tom is like he says, an ordinary guy, but he’s doing extraordinary things, and I know in my life that’s what I want to do. I just want to be an ordinary guy that is impacting lives, and that’s been huge from Tom.
Ty Morgan, Phoenix, Arizona
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