Learn How To Play With Advanced Guitar Technique That Sounds Great
Want to play with advanced guitar technique that is fast, clean and effortless?
Anyone can do this - you just need to understand the fundamental principles, strategies and techniques advanced players use to fix their mistakes and play great.
These concepts are not hard to understand, and once you apply them into your own guitar playing...
...you quickly get huge results and make faster progress towards your musical goals!
Learn how to play with advanced guitar technique that sounds great by watching this video:
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Using the ideas in the video helps you become an advanced guitar player and play exactly how you want.
As you learned in the video, there is one thing that is important for playing guitar efficiently in your fretting hand:
The position of your thumb.
Whenever you are having issues in your fretting hand that create mistakes, your thumb is probably a huge factor.
If you are not able to stretch to play specific notes, this is likely caused by your thumb.
Solve this by keeping your thumb positioned behind the neck of the guitar. Specifically: lined up behind the middle finger and pointing directly up. Once you do this, you'll find that stretching for notes is infinitely easier.
Note that sometimes it is actually better to keep your thumb over the top of the neck rather than behind it.
- while bending strings and applying vibrato to notes
- while you are playing frets higher up on the fretboard (above the 12th fret or so)
If you have issues with making too many mistakes while shifting positions, your thumb may also be part of the problem.
Keep your thumb behind the middle finger as you are shifting positions.
If you are having a difficult time with fretting hand finger independence, the thumb plays a pivotal role as well.
If you keep your thumb behind the index finger, it becomes more likely that your fingers will lift off the fretboard.
But when you bring it behind the middle finger, the fingers stay closer to the strings.
Now that you understand the importance of your thumb position for fretting hand technique, let's develop the rest of your guitar playing to take your skills to another level.
If you want, I can show you exactly how to reach your musical goals with online guitar lessons.
Here is what taking lessons with me is like:
You help me understand your background as a musician, what you excel at, what you struggle with, how previous guitar lessons have gone for you and what you want to achieve on guitar.
Then, it's my turn to go to work for you. I create a guitar lesson plan for you by carefully reading through your evaluation form.
I don't teach generic guitar lessons. Everything I give you is personalized to meet your specific needs.
You're going to develop advanced guitar techniques, expand your knowledge of music, play pro-level leads and massively raise your overall level of musicianship. This way you don't just become a better guitarist, you become a complete musician. I'll guide you down the right path, so you make consistent progress and get better each lesson.
In fact, I’ll probably hear you and watch you play much more than the average guitar teacher.
The average guitar teacher might only see you once per week. After that, you have to figure things out on your own at home.
This common situation leads to the formation of poor playing habits that may take a very long time to change.
When you take guitar lessons with me, I invest a lot of time into helping you get better in between lessons.
This is how it works:
- You have the option to show me where your guitar playing is at daily if you want to. How? By posting a video recording on my private student forum.
- You can also send recordings to me separately to get very detailed feedback.
- During weekly Office Hours you can directly ask me any questions you have about your guitar playing over Zoom. You show me what you are working on and I give you advice on how to get better.
- There are also weekly video training classes where I can see you play guitar and give you personal help.
- Sometimes, I'll ask you to send me additional recordings of your guitar playing. This gives me another way to adjust your lesson plan to suit your needs for whatever challenges come up along the way.
All you have to do is invest half of an hour into your guitar practice each day and practice what I tell you to. Do this, and you will be amazed at how fast your guitar playing begins to transform into something truly awesome to behold.
Look at the results my guitar students are achieving:
"Tom Hess very quickly and consistently got me really massive results as a guitar player."
I had been studying on my own at that point... I had been studying on my own for about 5 years, and from other guitar teachers really hadn’t gotten anywhere as a guitarist whatsoever. And Tom Hess got me more results in the first couple months than I’d had in all those previous years, so basically everything that Tom Hess is delivering since then has been consistent with that. So, he’s got proven results.
Leo Smith, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
“I just love guitar lessons with Tom, he literally takes the time to make a specific lesson plan and sends you lessons as you need it.”
My last lesson I took with a local guitar teacher before joining Tom, I was struggling with a sweep picking pattern, which was the 5 string root major, I was really struggling to get the rolling technique down. I took it to my guitar teacher and I was like “Help me with this, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.” This is his exact phrase: “At high speeds, it doesn’t really matter if you can play it clean or not, no one can hear it anyway.” At that point, I was just like, “Ah man.” But thankfully, in that same message, he mentioned Tom’s name. Then the doors opened. That very night, I went home and looked at every single lesson Tom had, had my guitar in hand, every YouTube lesson on you know “correct motions”, “play this over chords”... just applied it instantly, and it was instant results within an hour... just from his free stuff. I was like, oh man, I’ve got to do lessons with this guy.
I remember when I first started out with lessons, I instantly jumped on the forum to greet myself, and it’s amazing how there’s like 30 responses. Just like, “Hi welcome.” and stuff... “Hi Dan, great musical tastes”. That made me feel really at home and welcomed into Tom’s forum and community. Every time I’ve had an issue when I was first starting out be it like theory or technique, there’s always been someone there who’s helped. Otherwise it could’ve been this potentially awkward process where I’d have to wait a whole week to get an answer from my teacher, who even then may not have answered it correctly and may have never solved it. Whereas there are guys on there who have been with Tom and have been through exactly what I’ve been through. They know exactly how to help, in what order, what information you need... it’s just a friendly atmosphere really.
Dan Mayhew, Stowmarket, UK
“I found Tom Hess on the net through articles, and I read quite a few of those before I went to Tom’s website. Even though I’m not a metal player at all, and Tom is obviously a metal player, I could still see that his ideas and way of teaching could really benefit me. So I pretty much signed up for online guitar lessons with Tom straight away once I’d gone through the website, and it’s just been a real eye opener with the way he teaches…”
... the integration of concepts that he’ll give you and having a really structured strategy… not just week to week lessons, but things that - you can see from one lesson to the next - really develop and continue to work on your technique and your theory and aural skills and those types of things. So I’d played a long time… 20 years before I really caught onto Tom, and I’d had a lot of lessons, and I’d taught and played but I can really see improvements in my technique, sweeping, and picking which weren’t strong parts of my playing.
I feel like Tom has a good gauge of where you’re at as a guitar player and what you need, and there just seemed to be so much more stuff in the lessons week to week than what you’d ever get in an hour or so in a one on one lesson… way more. So yeah I think that and the forum. I think, I’d pay the money just for the forum. That alone would be fine… I wouldn’t have a problem with that at all. So that alone is massive!
The price for the lessons, that’s nothing... nothing. You know, I think it’s, pretty cheap to be honest. I don’t mean that in a bad way, cheap. Cheap is not a good word, but I just think it’s great value… awesome value. I mean, you know, you could pay that for one-to-one lessons and you just don’t get the same results and support of the forum and the content and the strategies.
Other teachers I’ve had have been good players, and some have become good friends too. But when I’ve started lessons with Tom I’ve got something to compare that to and a lot of it is just sort of teaching songs from week to week… a lot of the lesson will be left up to you… you’ll go to your lesson and they’ll be like what do you want to do today? At the time I said, oh do this song or that song, but with Tom you start to realize that you know, there’s more to it… the goals and you know he’s sort of more in contact with what you want to be able to do as a player, because he’s asking you the questions and then setting up the strategies, so I find that really good.
Yeah I can see more results in 18 months in a lot of areas in my playing than you know 20 years. So it’s sort of, you know, would’ve been great 20 years ago to have met Tom.
Simon Candy, Melbourne, Australia
“I was self-taught, and I thought I am so good because I can do this by myself. I wasn’t looking for a teacher but I knew I was looking for something on the internet, and Tom’s lessons came up. I knew instantly that was the way to go. ”
Tom assigns the lessons based on the hundreds of questions you have to answer before you get to be a student. It’s just amazing how he does it. Every single PDF I received has been such a good value. I know if I practice exactly what he says I cannot fail. It helped me realize I can become whatever I want to become. Just set my goal and I know his lessons and way of teaching will get me there eventually. So far so good... I’ll continue doing this as long as possible, and eventually I’ll become a professional player. I’d just like to thank Tom, he’s so thorough, so professional and such a great teacher... and a good person. I want to keep on working with him.
Sigve Solbakken, Bergen, Norway
“Before I found Tom to take online guitar lessons, I was exposed to a lot of information, but it wasn’t necessarily in the right order. So, Tom is the teacher who saw what my weaknesses were just by answering simple questions and was able to get me the information I needed in the order that it was supposed to be learned in.”
Tom knows my weak points so he provides lessons to, not turn them into strengths, but just make them so they’re not my main weakness. Without that I don’t I would be anywhere near the level that I am today.
Rhythmically it’s definitely more solid… I can manipulate rhythm more to what I hear in my head. I had a tendency to just naturally write things in time signatures that aren’t common like 4/4 time, and besides rhythm, just theory in general. For around a decade or so I played without any traditional lessons, so I didn’t have any knowledge of theory or why stuff that I thought sounded good, sounded good. So he’s kind of given me the tools to know why what I like sounds good.
Derek Rush, Indiana, USA
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