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"The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar".
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'Back in Black' by ACDC
Practice Tips For Principled Players:

Observe all picking and all left hand fingering. Watch your pick as you practice. Use plenty of no tempo practice, and the Basic Practice Approach. Hear it (Midi file)

Bar 1: When you place the E chord, make sure your distal joint (tip joint) is bent in, as in the picture. Make sure the middle knuckle is up in the air as shown. Keep the heavy arm. The positioning of the joints helps leverage the arm weight through the fingers.

When changing to the D chord, place 3 down first, before removing the 1st. This allows you to maintain the heavy arm. Similarly, hold the 3rd in place on the D chord until the index is down for the A chord.

Bar 2: While still holding 1 on the A chord, place 3 lightly on the first note of the run, then release 1 from the A chord.

Practice this run using a metronome, and all the power of The Principles you can muster! Watch your pick, and master this run PERFECTLY slowly first, using the metronome with the Basic Practice Approach to reach your first goal, perfection at 60 bpm, one note per click.

Then, work it to 60, two notes per click, then, 60 in 16ths. Then work to performance tempo.

Note: the bent note in the run is bent with the 2nd finger, but the 1st helps out, placed behind it on the string.

Bar 4: This run requires some stretching in the left hand, be careful of sympathetic tension throughout the body during practice. Watch the pick as you practice and be SCRUPULOUS about the alternate picking. Make sure your pick strokes, even when done slowly, are done with great force, and relax in between the notes. (read Tech Tip #7 "May The Force Be With You"). Again, your approach must be "no tempo, then slow tempo, then work up with the metronome.

Good luck, and make Angus proud

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Jamie’s provocative writings examine all aspects of becoming a true musician…the technical/physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Guitar virtuoso, recording artist, composer, and teacher of 30 years, Jamie is recognized by music experts around the globe for her major contribution to the advancement of guitar education. Her method book, “The Principles Of Correct Practice For Guitar” (1999) continues to bring the highest acclaim, world renowned as “The International Bible For Guitarists”, and the “Holy Grail Of Guitar Books.” With a straight forward writing style, her tried and true, result-oriented guitar book powerfully reveals the correct practice methods that no other book has revealed…taking the student from the beginning stages all the way to the highest levels of virtuosity. Jamie is already familiar to aspiring guitar players, as her wisdom is present throughout the Web on all major guitar sites, including her own. Visit:

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