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Guitar Learning Tenets

1.As with all things, not too little, not too much.
2.We are all given the same 12 tones. What we do with them is up to each individual.
3.One of our primary practices is to free explore using a given set of tones.
4.Different tunings and keys deliver and engage different affects.
5.Developing chord preferences means learning all of them. Different styles utilize different types of voicings. We get to know them. All of them.
6.We supplement our learning with as many sources and activities as we consider worthwhile for our advancement [including or not including this site].
7.Claiming or reclaiming the I space and experimenting within this domain assists in understanding and unfolding our unique player self.
8.Use a panoply of views of tonal content. Theoretical, shapes, forms, colors, sequences, names, and/or nothing.
9.Keeping agreements in the We space [Interaction Zone] balances the overall learning system. Knowing how to make, when to make and not make agreements is vital.
10.Existing styles are one valuable approach to learning guitar and not the only. Exploring music as music can be defined by simply using the tones that are given. We don't have to view our musical world through the musical world that has been presented to us. At some level, it is inescapable, but it is possible to sideline many expendable aspects of it. We can also tune the guitar to anything that sounds good to us. And, we can attach objects to strings or play with a toothbrush. Possibilities are endless. And, new styles will emerge.
11.We consider beginner's mind as a starting point, daily. Fresh look, always. Beginning is advanced.
12.Being a reliable rhythm guitarist is a noble objective. Knock it out with confidence. Be reliable.
13.We save time and effort by focusing on universals: good tone, strength, flexibility, inner hearing, fretboard knowledge, tonal exploration, uplifted practice, naming, and being musical [rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic self].
14.Build intelligence into the system from the beginning. Use indigenous intelligence to do so. At some level, we already know how to play.
15.Use reference points as vehicles for non-reference playing. The 'Big Zone' is equally and always available to everyone. We unpack the steps it takes for us to enter that space.
16.Training is training, and jamming is jamming until they become a unified experience.
17.Stay open to new information. We experiment and test based on our own sensibilities.