There is a reason (actually, a bunch of them) why all the pros are playing like that.
If you observe ALL the biggest rock n' roll and blues guitar players of the last 50 years, you'll see a repeathing theme: they all use their THUMB to play the bass notes for most chords up the neck, and their thumb is almost always up there, helping them, and hanging above the fretboard - meaning that their hand is hugging the neck from both sides.
This is the exact foundation of proper, professional rock guitar technique, and it will open up for you a new way of playing the guitar.
John Mayer (using his thumb and adding pinky embellishments in the same way that I teach in the course)
But WHY playing with the thumb is so beneficial?
That's exactly what I asked myself as well, especially considering the fact that it was very hard for me at first to wrap my hand around the neck like that - and nothing sounded or felt right.
So here's why:
- When you're "hugging" the neck from both sides - your control over the guitar naturally becomes a lot better, and your playing becomes a lot more confident and clean. (in the "tight", good way - of playing only the notes that you meant to play)
- When you play barre chords, your pinky finger would now be FREE - which means it will be able to play all those sexy "Hendrix chord embelishments" and riffs.
- When you'll be standing up - this is a MUCH more comfortable and natural way to play - no more awkward barre chords that make your arm bend in weird angles.
- The "rock n' roll spanky" sound, developed by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Frusciante, John Mayer and other masters - would now be unlocked to you, and I'll show you how to start playing any song with this famous, spanky groove.
- Many new chord shapes (that are especially useful for rock n' roll and blues) would now be "unlocked" for you.
- Your lead guitar playing (improvising / playing melodies) will be much more clean since you'll be able to mute the unwanted strings.
- And yes, you'll also look cooler (: - because that's how all the professionals play - and for a reason
The problem that I am especially here to address is that for many people - including me at first, this transition (to playing with the thumb helping from above) does not come naturally at all.
I was totally sure that something is wrong with my hands or with my guitar - and that I just wasn't supposed to play with the thumb. Until, together with my own teacher, we created this set of exercises.
In the first part of the course, I will share with you a couple of excellent, and very simple exercises, that just by doing them for a couple of minutes every day - in no time you'll naturally be playing all those chords with the thumb from above like a pro.
These exercises are exactly what took me from that feeling of "this thumb thing isn't for me" to "this thumb thing feels so natural and my playing is now SO much more clean, fun and simply - cool."
You won't believe how quickly this transition would come for you, and how natural and BETTER the guitar would feel in your hands.
The 2nd Part of the Course - Studying The Hendrix / Mayer Style:
After we have the thumb ready, in the second part of the course I will give you some of the best tips and tricks for getting the best out of that "Hendrix" sound & style - the exact style that influenced so many other guitarists that followed him since the late 60's and until today.
What we will talk about in the Hendrix / John Mayer section of the course:
So get ready to have a lot more fun on the guitar, and to break that door right into the next level of guitar playing.
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Hi friends, I'm Cooper, a music man based in sunny & beautiful Tel Aviv, Israel. I work with other artists mostly as a guitarist, pianist and harmonica player - and I specialize in (and LOVE!) blues, jazz, and 60s-70s rock n' roll.
In 2014 I founded the blog Guitar Songs Masters-com - which grew over time and work to be one of the top five most-read guitar blogs worldwide (formerly named GuitarHippies), along with its accompannying video courses academy.
Also check out my Harmonica Jamz website and courses - where I teach harmonica easily both to musicians and non-musicians. Join 5000+ students on the flagship course.
My expertise is in teaching you how to play the songs that you love - with your own unique sound that I can help you develop. (Whether if it's on the guitar, piano or harmonica.)
Over the last several years, I spent many months traveling through four different continents with my guitar, and having a great time with many musicians. Right now, I'm developing more learning material for piano and guitar, and I perform with bands and friends. Cheers for living a fun life with lots of great music!
Testimonials and Reviews
I guarantee that these testimonials are real, from students who sent them over email or left reviews on other websites that my courses are hosted at, and are not altered by me in any way.
"... just like how you described yourself, I already realized that it opens up a lot more options when you play like this (w the thumb) but whenever I tried to play like that I sounded like a mess and couldn't play 3 chords smoothly in a row. 3 weeks into this new routine and the thumb over already comes like the breeze to me now. Still needs more work on cleanliness but I'm getting there." Matthew Rubenenko, Utah
"No youtube lessons came close to how you deconsturcted and explained the style of hendrix so clearly. A very high quality course, I gave it five stars." (originally written in Hebrew) Tal Shaban, Israel
"...three months after I took the course and I can say that the Hendrix part was fun, effective, and helped me take my style to a new place. Actually now I can say that I HAVE a style! and it's funny that it all "started" from another man's style. (hendrix) Anyway, you should check out my slow funky cover on youtube of Counting Stars, my playing there is very influenced from what you have shown about how to use all the hendrix riffs in other songs." Tom Belichik, Pennsylvania
"Indeed it's a lot more fun to play with the thumb wrapping the neck, never really understood why everybody does that so thanks for the well explained course and route to achieving this" Tessa Vinwood, Barbados
"Excellent instruction.This guy knows the Hendrix style inside and out and he can definitely play as well." Jacob N., Alaska
Advancing to the style of using the thumb from above was the biggest turning point in my playing style and fluency on the guitar. The one single change that gave me the most. Are you ready to enjoy this transition as well?
I'd be happy to share it with you!
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