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.

Multi-Camera

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.

1

Series Introduction

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

3:00 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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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6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

Accents and Dynamics

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

14:23 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

12

String Crossing

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

18:51 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

13

Syncopated Rhythms

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

15:49 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

14

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

15

Circular Picking Patterns

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

16:30 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

16

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

17

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

18

The Backbeat Slap

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

12:36 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

19

Effective Warmups

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

7:57 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

20

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

21

Chord Shifts

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

21:17 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

22

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

23

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

24

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

25

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

26

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
  • 477 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 49 ratings
AlwaysJamming

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

dhbdad

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

Steve09

Good teaching!

Ergonomico

Great teacher, maybe the best on JamPlay

richhooper

I just watch this over and over

Surferdad1456

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

Gilesmosely

Very handy warmup