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Henry Ford on Effective Practice on Big Pieces


Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”

Henry Ford


Guitar practice is the study of simplification.

We start with complex pieces of music, and go about trying to wrap our heads around them.

To do this, we need to simplify. We need to break the piece of music into large sections, then smaller sections, then bits.

And not just that. We can break the bits into melody, bass and accompaniment. We can break pieces apart by rhythm patterns, right-hand patterns, or left-hand patterns.

We can isolate tricky spots and technical hornets’ nests. We can split the learning into key elements: notes, choreography, phrasing, memorization, speed and others.

We can drill even deeper and explore the connection of each little note to the next. We can chop, slice, and dice our music into a million pieces. And the more the divide, the stronger it will go back together.

And while it can be daunting to think of all these at once, none is particularly hard by itself.

It’s not particularly hard to play the melody. It’s not particularly hard to play rhythm. It’s not particularly hard to play the tricky spots, if simplified and played slowly enough.

Effective practice is taking small bites. First this, then that. A mighty tree felled with a small axe, one swing at a time.


Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”

Henry Ford




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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.


Allen Mathews was recommended to me as somebody who could help me expand my guitar vocabulary.  Allen started me on a really fun cycle of lessons and practice.  He is a very good,and very enthusiastic teacher, and I feel that I'm on the road to learning.  I couldn't be more pleased with my experience.


-Peter Buck (r.e.m.)

Allen Mathews was recommended to me as somebody who could help me expand my guitar vocabulary.  Allen started me on a really fun cycle of lessons and practice.  He is a very good,and very enthusiastic teacher, and I feel that I'm on the road to learning.  I couldn't be more pleased with my experience.


-Peter Buck (r.e.m.)


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