From the desk of Spencer Westwood:
You are about to discover how I quickly improved my guitar playing, almost overnight just by changing the way I used my brain.
I used to be afraid of playing in public. There I've said it! It used to take me months or even years to show even the slightest improvement in my playing. I'd suddenly seem to have a breakthrough in speed or technique or master a song only to be followed up by months of ... stuck...
I took some guitar lessons but often found the teacher was not into the same sorts of music or players that I was, and living out in a village miles from a town or city just made it harder.
I started getting guitar magazines whenever I could but that just lead to more frustration as they tried to cover too many bases and the hard stuff was beyond me and the simple stuff was... well tooo simple.
Do you ever wonder just how those guitar gods in the magazines and on TV become 'shred-tastic' (and it's not just hours and hours of practice either)? I didn't really get an answer from teachers or guitar magazines back then. Really frustrating.
About 15 years ago, I accidentally discovered a secret - the real secret of how the mind' works when playing guitar. Before your bullshit meter goes off let me explain...
I was doing a training course in London on NLP or "Neuro Linguistic Programming" to give it it's posh title - completely unrelated to playing a musical instrument. On the course we learned about this technique called modelling - where you work out what thinking patterns someone does when they are performing a skill.
This'modelling technique' had been applied to public speaking, spelling, sales, phobia cures and all manner things - many of which are now becoming mainstream techniques thanks to the likes of Tony Robbins, Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna.
I decided to get someone to try modelling me when I was playing guitar - as a sort of group exercise we were set.
Anyway as we were doing this, the two others in my group were asking me questions and asking me just to imagine what playing was like. Playing louder, softer, faster, slower...
...whoa wait there's a big difference there. We focused in on what happens when I play fast (in my imagination) and when I play slow. Yes there was a difference.
I wondered if it would be different if I really tried playing a guitar so that lunchtime we popped out to a local guitar shop in Denmark Street (the centre of all guitar shops in London there are a lot of them all in the same place!)
I tried out playing fast and slow and yes it was different patterns.
Then it gets really spooky. One of the people I was with suggested that I try swapping the patterns around so I use the fast playing pattern for slow play and the slow playing pattern for fast play.
Brilliant - does messing it up change anything?
Well after a couple of minutes of applying the NLP teachings we'd been working on all morning I'd changed the pattern for slow play. I picked up this beautiful 1970's Stratocaster and played a ballad I know ... terribly. It was disjointed, as if I was playing with my hands encased in treacle. Totally embarrassed with myself we left the shop pronto, my head hung low and popped into another store a couple of doors down.
Now to try out the slow pattern when i was trying to play fast. A few minutes of mental preparation and I picked up a Gibson gold top this time (these shops have the most wonderful guitars) and started to play a few scales. It felt effortless. Yes EFFORTLESS. I couldn't believe it I would only play scales and runs that fluidly on a really good day and by mostly even then by sheer fluke. In fact I was better than that. Absolutely astounded we all went back to the course that afternoon and went on to phobia cures - with real snakes!
A couple of weeks went past and I'd undone the treacle slow playing mental pattern and replaced it with the original one. My playing was getting better and better, easier and easier.
I started hunting on the internet to see if this had been done before. Nope. There were a few hints about it for other instruments in one book and a book for guitar teachers for NLP (to sort out unruly students mostly.)
But nobody had written this anywhere I could find. I spent hours on google. Hours trawling through specialist bookshops trying to find out if someone had got there before me but to no avail.
Just as an experiment I swapped the thinking patterns for slow and fast playing.
I searched Google to see if someone else had already found this out. Nope.
Using the slow pattern for slow AND fast, my playing improved almost instantly and kept getting better.
Was this just me, or would it work for other people too? I just had to try it out on some of my friends and eventually students. And guess what? They had the same results too.. their playing improved significantly - almost immediately.
Word got out locally, and people I'd never even met started calling me up wanting to know the secret. Some people called it sorcery, some people called it Jedi-Guitar. Whatever, the magical effect was becoming more widely known in my home town.
However I had a big problem...There just wasn't enough hours in the day for me to show all the people who started asking me... So I decided I'd better write down a cheat sheet, so I could hand it to people when they asked for it.
As I started writing the stuff down, other techniques and applications of NLP kept popping into my head to do with guitar - and I wrote those down too. I gave out a few dozen copies of the cheat sheet, and the results people were getting just kept amazing me each week
I was hooked - totally fascinated - by this brain stuff and as more things occurred to me I kept writing more and more, day after day.
It seemed like I was never going to finish - until all of a sudden what started off as a couple of pages was nearly a whole book!
After six (yes six!) months of writing, refining, testing and editing, the 1st edition of my book 'Beyond Bedroom Guitar' was ready. That was nearly 15 years ago!
Here's just a few things I discovered on the way.
My two years of research and discovery ...
still valid after 14 years since the first edition...
1000's of readers over the years...
The first version of Beyond Bedroom Guitar was made available late 2001 and there have been three updates since, including introducing the printed version in 2005.
Beyond Bedroom Guitar is available both as an electronic downloadable PDF or a fullsize printed version. If you order the electronic version from me you are saving an extra £1 compared to the electronic versions available from the Nook store of apple iBookstore!
Also if you are on my customer list, I will answer email questions as promptly for you to help get the best or adapt techniques just for you. (Within reason I answer any question that someone emails me.)
Most of the techniques are so easy and straightforward to explain yet so profound that you'll never think the same way about your playing abilities again. Like me, I'm sure your technique and ability will improve if you try them out..
Thousands of people all over the world have already discovered, ordered and put into practice the techniques inside..
Over 200 full size pages of tips, techniques and different ways of thinking about your playing.
See what some of my past customers have to say:
"The separate exercise you sent helped raise my awareness"
"Hi Spencer, I'm still absorbing and thinking about chapter 2. I have started some of the hand exercises and and various fingerings. The separate exercise you sent helped to raise my awareness. It's early days yet will get back in touch after I've had a week or two of more intensive study and practice but your book has already given me a renewed interest in playing"- Cheers
"I went to bed mentally picturing myself playing and practicing"
"I can say already that I really like your writing style. Some books are really hard work, while others easily carry you along and are really easy and enjoyable to read, and I'm finding this with your book. Also the information is really giving mental food for thought. I went to bed mentally visually playing and practicing the scales as different harpists, and feeling the difference - Amazing
From Lulu Press
You are fully protected by my 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If for any reason, after trying the techniques in the electronic version of the book you're not happy within the next 60 days, just let me know and I will send you a prompt refund. No quibbles.
Beyond Bedroom Guitar" focuses on the most important tool you need to take your playing to a higher level - your mind...
Most of the techniques I found, are so easy and straightforward to explain yet so profound that you'll never think the same way about your playing abilities again. Like me, I'm sure your technique and ability will improve if you try them out.
It's my hope that this book of mental guitar lessons will improve your playing will open your mind, just like its done for hundreds of others...
...and, like me, lead you on a new journey of discovery that will improve every facet of your guitar playing.
So don't you think it's time to move up a gear and never be stuck on that learning plateau again?
Kind regards, Spencer
P.S.: You've got nothing to lose. If you download from me you get email access too for questions and advice as you work through the book.
The Book is available in a lot of other places too, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble but you won't get it cheaper anywhere else. (If you can find it cheaper please let me know!)
I really do honour my 60 day guarantee. I once had someone ask for a refund the same day because he disagreed with my ideas around perfect pitch. I refunded him immediately. However a week later he re-purchased because although he had learned a different (and less efficient way) of achieving perfect pitch, he had tried out a mind mapping technique and really got his practice routines straightened out.
So give your playing a boost. Order a copy today online or paperback. You'll be joining over a thousand other readers worldwide who've already started accelerating their guitar learning.