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10X Approach

Better Leveraging:
Principles/Beliefs/Values +
Strategy/Rituals/Habits +
Personalized Instruction +
Tools/Technology
= 10X Your Results!

In order to 10X your results on any endeavor, this logically requires making simple improvements in multiple areas to create an exponential increase in what you’re wanting to get better at. Through this approach, with a little focus and effort, it’s predictable that you can 10X your results. When you think about it, taking an approach like simply practicing 10X more, or finding an instructor online that is 10X better, is really not the “easy” way to go about this. Instead, making small “easy” improvements, in multiple “manageable” areas at the same time, makes a whole lot more sense. These are all small improvements on things that you are probably already doing, so you’re not so much putting several new things on your plate, but more making better choices on what you’re already doing. This is the 10X Approach.

“There’s nothing you can’t do, if you get the habits right.”

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At the core of the 10X Approach is what’s going on in your head. The Principles behind Accelerate Learning, your values, your belief systems and what you’re aiming for. This is the foundation upon which you build Habits and the Rituals that lead to those “Results Producing” Habits. Of course, with access to the best instructors in the world online, there’s no shortage of great instruction, but identifying not only the best instructor for you but what 5% of their instruction you should be focusing on “right now”, is crucial to your improvement. Finally, there are Tools and Technology that you can leverage to dramatically accelerate your results as well.

Principles/Beliefs/Values:

  • To play the guitar at the level you desire (even the highest level), you must “Aim” for that.  “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”
  • When learning/practicing something for the first time, you MUST get it out of your head that it’s Too Hard, it’s just hard for the first handful of minutes, and with some focus and persistence, it becomes easy before you know it.
  • Your desire, or perceived NEED to practice a little bit of everything (if nothing else, for variety) will destroy your chances to achieve Mastery on the instrument. You must focus on just a handful of things at a time, and take those things to Mastery (it floats all other boats when you do).
  • You can do this. You can play at the absolute Highest Level (if that’s what you Aspire to) if you just put in the time. Your IQ could be hovering around “room temperature”, and can still master this instrument at the highest level. There’s no excuse for not playing the guitar at the level you aspire to.
  • You can always find time to practice… just identify the least important thing that you spend doing every day and simply practice “instead” of doing that!
  • The more “Results” you get from your practice, the more likely it is that you’ll want to practice more (and more of the things that are getting you results) and you’ll, therefore, experiencing exponential improvement.
  • If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.
  • In order to gain the maximum benefit from practicing something, you have to not only practice it “perfectly”, but you have to “PUSH THROUGH” practicing it for long enough that you can do it effortlessly (unconsciously).
  • In order to “Play to the Music” (and be able to “listen to it” while it’s happening) and play something that goes with the music (creatively), you have to push all the “mechanics” of your technique to the unconscious level.
  • Feed your Passion. Passion is a vital key to Mastery.
  • You can learn complex things faster than you think, you just need to FOCUS on just that one thing for long enough to GET IT, then practice it until you OWN IT, and then you have it for life.
  • Enjoy the process. It can be an even greater joy to build the skills than to actually have them.

Strategy/Rituals/Habits:

  • Design and follow Rituals Daily. Rituals are the glue that ensures consistency.
  • Pre-planning the year, the quarter, the month, the week, and the next day… and stay focused on what you want to accomplish during those periods of time.
  • Your plans are in constant flux. Every time you get a result, your plan should change (be modified, updated, etc.). It’s like in football, the coach starts out with the plan, but with every play that plan changes. Even the plan of throwing the ball to a receiver, if the receiver is covered, then the quarterback needs to change the plan at the moment (during that one play).
  • Continuously increase the amount of time and the quality of your Practice (time and intensity). Every other week, ask yourself the question: How can I increase my time for practicing by one hour this week? And then force yourself to come up with at least 10 answers. Don’t judge your answers, just write them down as they appear in your mind. One “stupid” answer might spark an idea for a good idea, so never censor yourself (your answers).
  • Always “start” with the two exercises that you are going to take to Mastery. Then you can spend whatever time you have left on everything else you want to work on.
  • You practice exercises over and over again… hundreds of thousands of repetitions, maybe even millions. That’s how to you get to Mastery.
  • You have to record yourself and get feedback on your technique (evening if you are looking at it, and listening to it yourself and then comparing it to what your instructor is teaching).
  • You have to develop your “Ear”. This doesn’t mean you have to be able to play songs by ear, although that’s an incredibly valuable skill, but to be able to hear intervals, and understand why they create different feelings within a song (what creates tension, and what resolves it, what is major and what is minor, what is diminished and what is argumented).
  • If you’re not timing yourself practicing, especially exercises that takes a lot of work and may need immediately seem like that much fun… you’re only practicing about 25% as much as you think you are. In other words, what seems like 20 minutes of running 3 notes per string triplets, on a single string, is probably only 3 or 4 minutes, if you’re not actually timing yourself.
  • Everything is a “loop”, at the most minute level, and at the largest level.

Personalized Instruction:

  • To know what instruction would make the most sense for you to work on right now, to improve your guitar playing the fastest, it makes sense to not only access where you are currently at right now (skills, technique, theory wise) but to also take into consideration the playing level you aspire to.  You can look forward to a tool here on 10X Guitar Skills to make this easy for you to pinpoint. Many of the top instructors online have a ton of great instruction on every aspect of the guitar that you can imagine.  It’s important that you are not only working on areas of guitar playing that you are passionate about but also what will take you to the next level the fastest.
  • It’s important to choose an instructor that matches your “Learning Style” (are you “technical” or more of a “feel” player?) to get the most out of their teaching.  Our Top Instructor matching platform is in the making and will be featured on the website here soon.
  • When choosing what to focus on, it’s important to balance Skill Building, Theory and Working on Licks/Songs and Improvising.
  • You can improve your focus dramatically, and get more value from your instructor, by choosing one instructor (at least for each major component of learning the instrument).

Tools & Technology:

  • Back in the day, if you were Eddie Van Halen, SRV or Jimmy Page just getting starting, to learn a riff, or a song that they really wanted to play, they would have sit next to the record player, play a segment of a riff, lift the needle on the record player, play that section on their guitar, and then move the needle back to the start of that section of the riff to hear it again. Can you imagine? Today, we have YouTube and online courses, where you don’t have to lift the needle, but isn’t rewinding the video back to the start of the lick a contemporary version of lifting the needle? This is simple slowing you down. You can 10X this process of learning a riff or song, simply by using a piece of technology that allows you to “Loop” the section you’re learning. Not only Loop it but slow it down. Duh.
  • A Practice plan can double your results, all by its self.  This guarantees focus, accountability, and allows you to measure your progress (which is critical).
  • There are tools online for ear training.  While you may never achieve “Perfect Pitch”, you can certainly achieve “Relative Pitch” (the ability to “here” an interval from a starting note).
  • Virtually any song that you want to learn on the guitar has Tab online to help you learn it
  • There are several great resources for learning chords and all of their inversions and positions

Some Potentially Ineffective Strategies/Methods/Habits:

  • Practicing too many different things (at a time, or in general).
  • Focusing purely on learning licks or songs (or even improvising) and not focusing on Skill Building and Theory.
  • Falling into the habit of just looking at “the next” video on YouTube.
  • Not having a plan (ideally, a practice plan) to get you from where you are now, to where you want to go.
  • Spending a lot of time either working on or playing things that you already know (what’s comfortable) or working on things (songs, licks, etc.) that are way above your current skill or theory level.
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