The Way of the Guitar: A five-step method to learning to play the guitar, enhance your creativity and find a sense of calm by Stewart French (Hardback)
An escapist manifesto for the life-changing benefits of playing the guitar
An escapist manifesto for the life-changing benefits of playing the guitar Research shows that guitar playing helps you live longer, be fitter, feel happier, earn more, reduce stress and stimulate creativity. So why do so many people give up the guitar, lamenting that they 'lack the talent', or just never progress? In The Way of the Guitar, virtuoso classical guitarist Stewart French argues that where most people go wrong is to mix up playing the guitar with actually learning the guitar. The incredible physical and psychological benefits that guitar-playing has to offer don't come about through occasionally strumming along to Hotel California. Instead, he argues that it is the process of acquiring the unique skillset involved in guitar-playing that leads to true fulfilment and wellbeing. Using scientific evidence, analysis, interviews and his own story of growth and achievement, French explains how training the body - and quieting the mind - is the only enjoyable, effective and fast way to begin the journey into a life of guitar-playing. And by providing a complete, detailed blueprint for how to hack the guitar with a radical five-step approach, he shows how the joy of physical learning can jump-start a lifelong adventure in music, creativity and wellbeing.
About the Author: Stewart French is a virtuoso classical guitarist and a lecturer on guitar technique at the University of London. He started his career as a Cambridge mathematician and investment banker before deciding to formally study guitar, later going on to receive the highest recorded postgraduate guitar mark in the history of the Royal Academy of Music. He has toured as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has been broadcast repeatedly on BBC Radio and Classic FM, and is the founder of the Draft Classical music media company and co-founder of Classic FM's 'A Fly on the Wall' film format.
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