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I have been reading an awesome book called Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear that has been an eye opener to me.

Four Minute Books sums it up best:

Atomic Habits is the definitive guide to break bad behaviors and adopt good ones in four steps, showing you how small, incremental, everyday routines compound and add up to massive, positive change over time.

Four Minute has a great summary that you should read. One of the things they say is this:

“…3 lessons to help you use everything he’s learned to break bad habits and form good ones:

  1. Every time we perform a habit, we execute a four-step pattern: cue, craving, response, reward.
  2. If we want to form new habits, we should make them obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying.
  3. You can use a habit tracker as a fun way to measure your progress and make sure you don’t fall off the wagon.”

I want to address #2: making a new habit obviouseasy, and satisfying.

How we set up our environment has a tremendous effect on the habits we make.

For example: what if I wanted to make a routine of eating an apple a day to make more healthy choices in snacking. I wouldn’t store them all the way back in the fridge. We wouldn’t see them all the time and most likely those apples would go bad. (Out of sight, out of mind. I have experience here…). The habit is never created.

However, what if instead, I set the apples in a bowl on the table in my kitchen. I would see them all the time and have a much better chance at achieving my goal of eating an apple a day. Why? Because it’s obvious(right there out in the open), easy (I simply have to reach down and pick up the apple which is in plain sight), and satisfying (it tastes good and I feel like I made a more healthy choice of a snack).

Now translate to guitar.

Where is your guitar right now?

If it is stored away in the closet, under the bed, in the corner of a room you don’t go in all the time, your chances are far less that you will pick it up to play and/or practice.

However, if you left it out in the open where you see it all the time: say on a stand in the living room or in a case right in front of the tv. Your chances of picking it up are much greater.

This is especially true if you have very limited time: If it is in the open, you can easily pick it up for just 5 minutes and jam or practice.

So make it obviouseasy, and ultimately satisfying with regards to where your guitar is so that you can grab it and do something on it like practice or even do a simple exercise.

Do your fingers need a workout? Here is a free mini course I made for you to help out with that. It’s obvious (just a click away), easy (just follow along the course with short videos), and satisfying (you WILL play better). Check it out here:

Just click this link: Guitar Finger Gymnastics

Wanna Be the First to Get A Secret to Improving Your Playing?

No matter how experienced you are with your guitar playing, keeping your fingers, wrist, thumb, etc. in good shape is vitally important.

Being “out of shape” in that regard not only can lead to bad playing but in extreme situations cause physical damage.

It is something that you cannot afford to risk.

So I decided to do something about it in order to help guitarists like you stay in shape.

I am offering a FREE mini-course called Guitar Finger Gymnastics. Specifically, Techniques to Improve Finger Strength and Dexterity.

In it there are a handful of short videos and TAB’s on how to keep your hands and fingers in shape (Many of them have more detail than you might have previously seen from me).

And this is the first time I have ever done something like this. I feel that strongly about it.

So, I wanted to get it out to all of you first before I unleash it out to the world.

Here is what it contains:

  1. Chromatic Scale Warmup: it is the easiest and most vital warmup exercise you can use. I’ve been playing over 40 years and still use versions of this scale
  2. Diagonals: A real cool warmup you can use at any time. A great exercise!
  3. Finger Crawl: A brain busting coordination exercise that will help your playing immensely.
  4. Alternate Chromatic Fingering: A variation on the traditional Chromatic Scale that is a must to help with strength, dexterity, & coordination.
  5. Stretching: There are many stretching exercises out there. What I have in this lesson will go a long way to help you get stretching!

So go ahead and download it now. There are no strings attached (ha!). Seriously, there isn’t any obligation or secret handshake needed. Just go ahead and use it for your routines.

I have much more coming…

Or you can click the link here: Guitar Finger Gymnastics

Pay Attention to What’s Going on Behind the Curtain!

If you have ever been to an awesome concert, play, musical, etc., it is often the players/actors on the stage that get the accolades.

It makes sense though because that is what you see. That is usually what grabs your primary attention and is what you experience.

It’s why you go to the show.

Even with a great light show, it’s the lights that have your attention.

However, without all the “behind the scenes” stuff working at 100%, it won’t matter how good the actors are, how good the band is, or how high tech the lighting system is, the show will still suffer. 

A horrible soundman can really kill a concert (I know, been there, done that). A light guy/girl who doesn’t know what they are doing, can make a lighting presentation so bad to really distract from all the other awesome things going on stage.

Without everything behind the stage operating and full and excellent capacity, the show doesn’t go on. At least not in the way it should and could.

It’s like that with playing guitar.

Your fingers are where the magic happens. It’s where the melodies are made. It’s where the notes are picked or strummed.

It’s what the audience sees and can really be wowed over. They are the actors.

But there are behind the scenes things we need to be aware of or else we simply won’t play good.

For us guitarists, we need to be aware of how our wrists are positioned, where our thumb is set, how relaxed our elbow and arm is. We need to be sure we aren’t engaged in too much “body english” or having our guitar drift away from us while playing.

You see, all of that behind the scenes stuff mattersA lot.

Do a self check and see how you are doing. Video and/or pictures help. Be critical of how you are playing guitar.

Here is a short video where I go over this stuff while showing how to play the chromatic scale. It’s an older video and was mostly about how to play the scale. But I think that you should also watch it for some of the “behind the scenes” stuff you need to be aware of on guitar.

Click the link:

Behind the Scenes on the Chromatic Scale on Guitar

I hope it helps you be a better player!

Plus, if you want to take your playing to the next step and get those fingers in excellent shape, check out my full free course here: Guitar Finger Gymnastics

Rock On,

Tony G.

PS: Oh and hey, can you do me a favor? I’m starting a mission to grow my You Tube Subscribers to more than 149 (Ha!). No, seriously, if you can quickly hop over there and “Subscribe”, it would be so very awesome! When you subscribe, you get real time updates when videos are posted. You might find something useful and/or fun!

I promise that the videos (most of them at least) will be entertaining and/or informative!

Here is the path to arrive there:

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