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Archimedes and the Art of Leverage on Guitar

 

Here in the Great Northwest, logging is a major industry.

In the old days (and still, in some places) loggers used the rivers to move hundreds and thousands of limbless trees downstream to the ports.

But sometimes, the logs piled up and jammed. And while the beavers may have marveled in admiration, the loggers had to get things back flowing.

Usually, there was just one log, known as the “King Pin”, that, when released, would free all the other logs.

Working on the log-jams further back was pointless. Wasted work.

But a small amount of time and energy directed at the King Pin would set things right in no time.

This is a prime example of leverage: applying pressure at the most strategic point to get the biggest results with the least effort.

In classical guitar….

…we also have King Pins. And we can leverage these to get the biggest long-term results in the least time.

It can be tempting to “work the logs further back”, because the problems are often sexier. These problems feel more advanced, and are good for the ego. But they’re often unnecessary. In fact, many wouldn’t even be problems if we focused on the “King Pin”.

So what are the “King Pins” in classical guitar? Here are a few:

  • Our technique – how we move our hands
  • Our attention – how aware we stay of what we’re doing (hint #1: slow down; hint #2: we play with more than just our fingers)
  • Our consistency – focusing on something long enough to make it stick, then keeping it in our awareness (and improving)

Usually, one of these will go far in solving any problem we encounter. Logs moving miles down a river may jam multiple times. But each time, the King Pin is the first place to focus. It’s the same in guitar. If something’s not happening, go back to basics.


Give me a lever long enough and I’ll move the world.

Archimedes




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About Allen Mathews

Allen Mathews learned guitar as an adult, and has been a full-time guitar teacher for almost two decades to students age 4 to 96.  He has taught classical guitar at Reed College and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and has been a guest lecturer and clinician at schools and universities throughout the U.S.  Allen is often praised for his creative teaching abilities, and his dedication to helping adults learn classical guitar.  He has a popular Youtube Channel offering regular classical guitar tutorials, and has gained fans worldwide for his weekly emails and articles at ClassicalGuitarShed.com.


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