There are some guitar skills you can only teach by nagging. Again and again, you remind the student, until finally, they start reminding themselves.
And which skill is The Naggest Of Them All? Play slowly and carefully when you’re practicing something hard.
Invariably, when I teach a beginner a hard piece of music, they launch into it much too fast, and as a result, they make mistakes all over the place. If you’ve read my blog post on muscle memory, you know that mistakes should be avoided as much as possible: How To Practice Guitar.
I’m always looking for ways to spruce up my nags, instead of just mumbling, “Slow down. Slow down. Slow Down…” all day. Yesterday I came up with a good one:
Imagine you’re writing a love letter in ink, and you only have one piece of paper.