Are you happy when you play guitar?
Beginners start off excited and eager. A song lights you up and suddenly you have to learn to play. Maybe you have friends who play and it looks fun. Or wouldn’t it be cool to just chill with your guitar after a rough day?
Guitar is great for all this.
But often that enthusiasm drops off before you even get past “ouch!”- the two or three week period of fingertip soreness from pressing down the strings. Guitar teachers usually start beginners in the hardest part of the guitar. Open position, where the frets are miles apart and everything feels impossible. Where it’s really tough to get clear sound and almost impossible to imagine yourself making music.
It’s an unfriendly introduction to a friendly instrument. And it sets people up to fail and quit.
Why do the hard things first? Why not give each beginner the best possible chance to make it through the early challenges and become a good player?
That’s why I flip things. Flipped Guitar offers creative alternatives that include rather than exclude people from the joy of making music.
What if we start at the high end of the neck, where the frets are closer together and the stretches are easier? Flip it.
What if we flip our focus from the fretting hand (that holds down the chord shapes) to the picking/strumming hand that actually turns those chords into music?
Why not go easy on the fretting hand while your fingertips toughen up, and develop picking/strumming skills with the other hand so you can sound good right away? Flip it.
What if you could keep your long nails and still play? Truth alert: Long nails will limit you. You can do lots more with short nails. But aren’t a few guitar skills that make you happy better than none at all?
If you want to play and keep your nails, get out of standard tuning! Open D is your new BFF.
Wanna know why? Get your free guide below.
Does it work?
Will you practice? If yes, then yes. If no, then no.
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I cannot put into words how happy we are with hiring Lesley. She has been teaching our 9 year old daughter for nearly a year now, and we’re beyond thrilled with the extensive progress she has made in such a short amount of time. She is incredible with children and goes above and beyond to provide practice plans and followup between lessons! She creates a gentle, yet structured environment in which you will thrive. She keeps things fun and light, and my daughter LOVES lessons and practice because of it. It’s important to note, Lesley is the 3rd guitar teacher my daughter has worked with in the past 3 years and she is by far our favorite. 100% recommend.
I started taking lessons from Leslie 3 years ago and have been going to her weekly ever since. She is extremely thoughtful and attentive when it comes to skill development. She teaches through working with you one on one on songs YOU choose, which in my opinion made me more driven to practice. Her love for and knowledge of music is infectious. I can honestly say that during my time with Leslie she has made me confident in my newly developed skills and encouraged me to showcase them. I highly recommend Leslie as not only a teacher but a mentor as well.
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