Five hours a dayApril 6th, 2013
Five hours a day – I wrote in my preface to my new book.
That’s what you need to do to achieve virtuosity.
I know some people will be asking, isn’t this asking too much? Who has the time to do all that practice?
And that’s why not everyone will become a virtuoso.
But yet, there will be others who will think, ‘but that’s hardly enough.’
The point is, it takes effort to accomplish anything.
And the more complex and greater the task, the more effort is required. We’re talking about conquering an Everest here, not some hill in the park.
You can get by with two hours, but it wouldn’t be enough.
Three hours is the minimum, but you’re just getting warmed up with three hours.
It’s only after three hours that magic happens.
That’s when your fingers begin to loosen up, they seem to become charged with a special kind of energy. Things that you had difficulty with before suddenly become easy.
This is when breakthroughs happen.
Imagine if you only have the patience and dedication to do three hours a day.
Just as you’re getting warmed up, you stop playing.
Think of all the breakthroughs that were waiting to happen, but didn’t because you stopped too early.
A short clarification.
By five hours, I don’t mean five hours consistently every day.
Some days you might do two, and others, eight.
It doesn’t matter, as long as you’re playing all the time. Five hours a day is really another way of saying you should be practicing all the time during this 60 day period.
Every chance you get, you’re holding and playing that guitar.
That’s part of that virtuoso reality you will be introduced to, part of that state of mind I wrote about earlier.
So this course is not some happy talk designed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And it’s not a magic pill either, that will turn you miraculously into a virtuoso in 60 days, without you having to do the requisite practice.
But perhaps you’re saying.
Isn’t that stating the obvious?
If you’re practicing five hours a day, wouldn’t that automatically make you a good player, with or without any special book or program promising such a thing?
It depends on what you practice.
If you spend five hours a day practicing follow-throughs, that’s unlikely to develop economy in your movements, which is vital to virtuosity.
If you spend five hours a day trying to hold your hand straight at the wrist, that’s unlikely to give you the relaxation you need to produce speed and power.
And if you spend five hours a day trying to play exclusively from your knuckles, that’s unlikely to improve your precision, another vital component of virtuosity.
To produce results, you must practice the right things.
(‘Right’ meaning things that will bring you your desired results.)
And that’s what this book will do.
It will help you develop the fundamental conditions that are vital to virtuosity (described in the AOV) and to tapping into your natural speed and power.