Why All Pros Play with the THUMB from Above + HOW TO

Alon Cooper, Founder - The GuitarHippies Blog

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6 Videos (33m)
    • 5 Reasons Why People Play with the THUMB!

      5:58
    • Which Chords Exactly to Play with the THUMB

      6:57
    • Exercise #1 - Getting a Solid Foundation for Thumb Positioning

      5:34
    • Exercise #2: The Muscle Memory Bomb

      4:48
    • Exercise #3: Getting Accustomed to "The Thumb Is (Almost) Always Up" Approach

      3:04
    • Exercise #4: The Funk Groove That Makes Your Lead Guitar CLEAN

      7:01

About This Class

Did you ever notice that all professional rock & pop guitar players (usually also country and many other styles besides jazz) are playing with their THUMB from above, fingering the bass notes? 

At first, I did not understand why people are doing that, but today I play like this myself, and I can say that this was one of the biggest turning points in my playing style. Why? And what are the advantages?

  • It lets you play with a lot more accuracy and confidence, since your hand is "hugging" the neck from both sides. 
  • It frees your pinky to play "Hendrix riffs" and chord embellishments.
  • It's a lot more comfortable to play like this while standing up - which is the natural position for most performing guitarists outside of jazz.
  • Many new chord shapes (that are especially useful for rock n' roll and blues) would now be "unlocked" for you.
  • Your lead guitar playing (improvising / playing melodies) will be much more clean since you'll be able to mute the unwanted strings.
  • And yes, you'll also look cooler (: - because that's how all the professionals play - and for a reason.

The problem that I am especially here to address is that for many people - including me at first, this transition (to playing with the thumb hanging and helping from above) does not come naturally at all. 

I was totally sure that something is wrong with my hands or with my guitar - and that I just wasn't supposed to play with the thumb. Until I GOT it. 

So in the course, I will share with you a couple of excellent, and very simple exercises, that just by doing them for a couple of minutes every day - in no time you'll be playing all those chords with the thumb from above like a pro. These exercises are exactly what took me from that feeling of "this thumb thing isn't for me" to "this thumb thing feels so natural and my playing is now SO much more clean, fun and simply cool.

You won't believe how quickly this transition has come, and how natural and BETTER the guitar would feel in your hands.

Also - I will give you some of the best tips and tricks to start getting that "Hendrix" sound - the sound that influenced so many other masters that followed him since the late 60's until today. 

So get ready to have a lot more fun on the guitar, and to break that doorway into the next level of playing. 

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Why should you listen to me?

Hey! My name is Alon and I am 28 years old. I have been teaching music, both online and face to face, to tens of thousands of students in the last six years - while traveling four different continents and jammin' and performing with many different musicians. I am mainly a guitarist, pianist and harmonica player, and I also play other instruments including the flute, trumpet, bass and more. I am constantly looking for the best ways and shortcuts to teaching music effectively - and with FUN. The student feedbacks show that I do it very well. (:

My guitar blog, GuitarHippies-com, (founded in 2014) where I share my tips for playing music, has a monthly readership of over 100K people from over a 150 different countries and is one of the world's top five most read guitar blogs*. I am also the founder of the Harmonica Jamz-com courses and blog that has been online since 2016 and has thousands of happy students here on Udemy.

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Cheers, and I'm looking forward to seeing you inside, 

-Alon

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Alon Cooper

Founder - The GuitarHippies Blog

Alon Cooper (Born 1990)Alon is the founder of the blog GuitarHippies-com, one of the top five most-read guitar blogs worldwide, and of Harmonica Jamz - a unique harmonica learning system.

Alon is a professional multi-instrumentalist with a passion for creating musical shortcuts and helping musicians advance to the level they want to get to - in the fastest way around.

Over the last six years, Alon has spent many months backpacking through four diffe...

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