Truefire - Guitar Physiology Survival Guide (2011)
MP4, data-dvd, ~770 kbps | 854x480, 30 fps | MP3, 44 kHz, 128 kbps | English | ~ 90 minutes | 845 Mb
Bruce Arnold has been teaching guitar for thirty years. Voted "Best Teacher" in 1984 at Berklee, Arnold went on to teach at the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth and The New School. Today, he heads up guitar programs at Princeton University and New York University. He's also a monster player, composer and recording artist. Bruce knows his stuff.
"Over my many years of playing and teaching guitar, I've discovered that the key to building speed, strength and agility is HOW you play the guitar rather than WHAT you play. Of course, it's important to practice scales, various picking techniques and other exercises but if you're not holding the guitar properly or positioning your shoulders, arms, hands and fingers properly then you will NEVER achieve the speed, strength and agility you desire. It's simply not physically possible. In fact, if you don't develop a solid foundation of physical and functional techniques, you'll likely expereience repetitive stress injuries."
Arnold suffered more than his fair share of stress injuries and spent many years working with physical therapists recuperating from those injuries and more importantly, learning how to prevent them. Modifying specific physical aspects of his playing not only eliminated his pain, it significantly enhanced his technique and stamina. Garnered from personal experience and then further honed as he shared his techniques with hundreds of his students, Arnold's Guitar Physiology now presents all of his best practices for HOW to play the guitar.
"The overall idea is to move and position your body, arms, hands and fingers in the most natural way when you're playing and practicing. It is only through this type of movement that you can develop a technique that can be used for a lifetime, without injury. I know these techniques work because hundreds of my students have also developed phenomenal technical ability and today enjoy very fruitful careers in music with little or no physical problems."