The Guitar Gym is the home for Daily Practice Sessions... your secret weapon to learn guitar. You will make amazing progress by spending a short amount of time there daily.
These are short guided practice sessions for each weekday. First, I explain the "how and the why"… then I give you a series of play-along videos to practice along with.
Each week I'm cycling through different guitar skills including:
Monday - Warm-Up Exercises
Tuesday - Jam Club
Wednesday - Chords/Rhythm
Thursday - Fingerstyle Guitar
Friday - Guitar Theory/Ear Training
You'll have a new technique or exercise each weekday. Each one is an opportunity to not only learn from the session, but to decide on where you want to spend your time. Some exercises will click… Others not so much. You choose which ones you'll spend more time on.
- The system provides an immersion approach to learning. This is an invaluable aspect of learning that will super-charge your progress and complement the step-by-step (Linear) course modules.
- As you work on the session, I'll explain ideas and concepts that will prove invaluable.
- You'll develop the habit of practicing every day.
- You'll develop confidence despite not being able to play something well. This is a big win and can open many doors.
How does it work?
You open up the session for the day and spend 10 focused minutes on It. Experiment with it. Now, after 10 minutes, you decide if it’s something you can get into.
If the answer is “Not So Much”, it’s time to move on. Check it off and you’re done.
If the answer is “I want more time on this one”, that’s great! You’ve found a winner. Check the little star to add it to FAVORITES. You can spend more time on it whenever you choose.
There are two keys to getting the most from the Daily Practice Sessions…
1) Re-Define Success. It’s natural to want to achieve some level of competency with each session. For most people, success means playing something well.
You should define success as spending the 10 minutes, not how well you played the lesson. I know this can seem counterintuitive. I ask that you trust the process. Over time, you’ll see the results.
2) Keep Moving Forward. Spend 10 minutes, then decide whether you want to save it for later (add to FAVORITES)... or not. Either way, check it off.
Do today’s session before going back to previous saved sessions.
When the month is over, go on to the sessions for the new month.
The sessions will expose you to something new each day without the pressure of having to master it. This differs greatly from the step-by-step lessons in the Beginner's Journey (Secret Weapon #1). In the Beginner's Journey, one lesson builds on another. This is Step-By-Step Learning. It’s one type of learning... an important one.
In the Guitar Gym, we're using Immersion Learning, a second type of learning. This second type is crucial to becoming fluent on the guitar.
It can also be a lot of fun if you let go of wanting to master each session the first time around.
Let’s Add A Drawing
Each month, we hold a drawing for an Amazon gift card. You don’t have to be present to win. All you have to do to be eligible is to complete the sessions for the month.
Here’s the important part… You don’t have to master the lesson.
Spend 10 minutes on it, then decide whether you want to save it for later (add to FAVORITES)... or not. Either way, check it off.
The real prize is the skill you'll develop on guitar and the feeling of accomplishment.
Remember... the point of all this is to make playing guitar an enjoyable and rewarding part of your life.
The short answer is that for most people it works better to complete The Beginners Journey, then start doing the daily practice sessions.
If you'd like to know more read on..
There are two types of learning: Step By Step and Immersion. The Daily Practice Sessions (DPS) are an Immersion Learning System and the heart of RGS.
However, with adults it's best to have a foundation of basic skills first. This is best done with a step-by-step approach. The Beginners Journey and several other courses provide the step-by-step method to complement the DPS and help students learn a variety of skills in an organized systematic way.
I release the sessions on the first Monday of each month. Sometimes there is a gap between the months. This gives an extra week to complete the sessions for the month to enter the drawing.
Each week, I email you with a link to the current practice sessions at the bottom. You can access the sessions from that link or from the button on the Home Dashboard (see image below).
Absolutely not. That would defeat the purpose.
Spend 10 focused minutes on the session for the day. Experiment with it. Now, after 10 minutes, you decide if it’s something you can get into and choose from the following:
1) If the answer is “Not So Much”, it’s time to move on. Check it off and you’re done.
2) If the answer is “I want more time on this one”, that’s great! You’ve found a winner. Check the little star to add it to FAVORITES. You can spend more time on it whenever you choose.
The sessions for the month are available for the entire month. At the end of the month they are replaced by the sessions for the next month. However, if you save them to your FAVORITES the ones saved will be available for 9 months.
Remember, the purpose is to continually give you new challenges and opportunities. It wouldn't work if the sessions were available indefinitely.
Sometimes I'll bring back a session that was released in the past for another shot.
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I just signed up, Tomas! Looking forward to learning from you! I’m 68 years old, so I guess you can say I’m a late bloomer! Better late than never!
Happy to be back.
Great to have you back Kenneth.
Coming back to RGS after some months devoted only to clasical guitar.
thats great i like classical guitar, happy playing