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Learning Guitar – An Ideal NLP Accelerated Learning Situation

Learning Guitar – An Ideal NLP Accelerated Learning Situation

Playing a musical instrument requires the application of knowledge and skills in a real time environment. As such it is a great context to learn NLP and Accelerated Learning skills.

Consider the actions need to play a guitar. If you are improvising you need to listen to the rest of the band and with your knowledge decide the best place to put your figures. Or if you are reading the music you have to translate the dots and lines on sheet music to positions on the guitar as well as consider expression and emotion. You are doing all of this in real time with no pause, hesitation or break in the flow.

Learning music is a perfect environment for NLP Techniques. Many people have preconceived notions about music. It is difficult, you need talent and reading music is complex. These preconceived ideas and beliefs are often not helpful.

Deliberately braking down limiting beliefs whilst building up new and empowering ones is a great way of starting with music. A classic example of this is Duncan Lorien’s powerful Understanding of Music Seminar. Duncan has built in to the course ways of challenging old beliefs and installing those beliefs that make learning music much easier.

Another area worth looking at is practice routines. This is something that musicians often don’t help themselves. Only PERFECT practice makes perfect so finding the right drills and routines is important. They should be enough to stretch and challenge without being so difficult that you can” play without hesitation and stumbling.

A typical scenario for a guitarist might be stumbling over a section of a new piece of music they are learning. They might start to criticise themselves installing unhelpful beliefs and emotions along the way. They might then overplay that little section until they can play it perfectly…but then have trouble fitting it back into the rest of the piece.

Celebrating the fact you have found a development area for your fingers and turning the whole thing in to a new set of finger exercises would be a true NLP Accelerated Learning approach. Playing the section at different speeds, in different keys and all over the fret board would develop flexibility and turned a problem in to a huge piece of muscle learning.

If you understand how Accelerated Learning works you can break down any key skills and develop exercises that rapidly develop the skill. On the Understanding of Music Seminar Duncan Lorien has done exactly that and he gives his graduates 100 ten minute daily lessons that will dramatically improve your guitar playing. A good NLP Practitioner Course will show you how to break down skills and develop exercises from them that can really accelerate your learning.

Breaking limiting beliefs and focusing on developing good practice routines are just a couple of ideas that can help with developing a new skill really fast. A good NLP Training will give you many more insights in to accelerated learning.