Effortless Technique Reset

Skill Building Guitar Course from David Isaacs

Let's hit the reset button and join Dave Isaacs as he uses his years of experience on the instrument to provide us with the tips and tricks needed to radically improve our playing technique and mechanics. One by one we'll break down the barriers of old and incorrect habits in order to unlock our true potential and play with more ease and creativity!

26 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

In each lesson, Dave addresses fundamental techniques and offers tips to alter your mechanical approach that can relieve tension and improve your dexterity on the instrument.


Series Introduction

Dave introduces the concepts and techniques that will be learned throughout this course.

3:00 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Fret Hand Balance

Dave introduces us to the approach of relaxed body mechanics as the foundation of effortless playing.

13:01 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Shifting From the Arm

Dave explains how to build confidence in how your fretting hand interacts with the guitar neck.

10:05 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Forearm Rotation

Building on the mechanics of the previous lesson, Dave explains the best angle to use with the fretting hand and how it relates to the forearm.

12:38 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Relaxed Barre Chords

Barre chords can be intimidating at first, but Dave breaks down how to mechanically approach this technique.

11:35 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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Mechanics in Motion

Using rotation in the fretting hand, a lot can be accomplished in reaching the notes you need to hit.

7:55 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Mechanics of the Picking Hand

Incorporating concepts from what we've learned about the fretting hand, this approach to the picking hand can revolutionize how you feel the notes.

10:35 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


The Strumming Arc

For many players, many bad habits can form around strumming. In this lesson Dave teaches how best to approach this fundamental skill.

12:32 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Movement and Rhythm

Using intuition, Dave teaches how to move the picking hand in relation to what a drummer would feel while playing.

14:43 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Two Hand Coordination

Building these skills in each individual hand is useless unless they are coordinated together, Dave teaches how to bring it all together.

7:48 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Accents and Dynamics

Dave illustrates how to bring out the beat and accent your playing.

14:23 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


String Crossing

Fluid movement across the strings is essential for any skilled player.

18:51 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Syncopated Rhythms

Using the strum technique from earlier, Dave explains how to incorporate a syncopated rhythm.

15:49 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Thumb-Finger Mechanics

Dave explains how to have synchrony between the picking hand fingers to bring the best out of your playing.

15:28 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Circular Picking Patterns

Dave demonstrates how to bring a basic chord structure to life with different picking patterns.

16:30 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Thumb-Finger Independence

Being able to play rhythms against a steady thumb pattern will add dynamics to your expression on the guitar.

16:39 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


The Brush Strum

Expanding upon previous lessons, Dave demonstrates more ways to add flair to your picking hand's rhythm.

16:28 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


The Backbeat Slap

This added percussive element brings a simple chord structure to life.

12:36 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Effective Warmups

Just like exercising, playing guitar requires warming up the muscles required for playing.

7:57 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Effective Practice: the Additive Method

Dave explains the best way to learn a long piece of music; by breaking it up.

8:24 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Chord Shifts

Switching between chords can be tricky, Dave explains how best to accomplish this feat.

21:17 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Locking the Tempo

Feeling the rhythm is essential if you wish to find the groove. Dave explains how to accomplish this.

6:55 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Music in Two Parts

Dave plays a song that has two distinct parts played by the thumb and fingers.

10:32 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Flatpicking Cross-string Arpeggios

This song requires quite a bit of technique, but using everything learned up to this point you can play it with ease!

10:13 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Touch and Dynamics

Dave explains how to add dynamics to your playing by changing the volume of the notes.

7:05 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Recap: the Big Picture and the Instant Reset

In this final lesson, Dave recaps everything learned up to this point and what to do with it next.

3:58 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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Dave Isaacs Group

  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Playing since 1980
  • 478 lessons at JamPlay
Nashville-based Dave Isaacs has made a name for himself as one of Music City's top guitar instructors, working with both professional and aspiring songwriters and artists at his Music Row teaching studio. He is also an instructor in the music department at Tennessee State University and is the coordinator and artistic director of the annual TSU Guitar Summit.

A seasoned performer as well, Dave has released eight independent CDs and gigs steadily as a solo artist, bandleader, and sideman. He continues to write, record, and perform as well as arranging and producing projects for other artists.

Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 55 ratings

David Isaacs is a great teacher and covers honing of technique in a way that other teachers skip


easy to overlook the perspective of feeling what your body is experiencing when playing; working out the more ergonomic approach.


Good teaching!


Great teacher, maybe the best on JamPlay


I just watch this over and over


Makes sense. I’ve been playing for years and I’ve recently started to concentrate on improving my lead technique. With more speed came increased sloppiness. Never thought about being mindful hat the hand should be balanced and relaxed. A mindf


Very handy warmup