Have you ever seen an amazing guitar player and thought to yourself: “I want to be where they are, I want to express myself like that!” Well take it from me (a drummer with no natural guitar talent), you don’t have to be born a guitar genius. You can become one.
Hola, my name is Caleb Troncosa. I’m a born drummer and have no natural talent for singing notes, hearing pitches, or playing the guitar. I tried and failed to learn the guitar all throughout my high school years.
All of my friends had been playing guitar for years and were so much better than me; I figured that since I had no natural talent and had waited until the 9th grade to start trying to learn, that I was never going be a “real guitar player” like my friends.
It turns out that nothing could be further from the truth.
Learning Guitar is Hard, but it doesn’t Have to be.
It all started one day when my friend Justin and I were hanging out with our mutual friend Jason. I was a “wanna be” level player, Justin was a “competent” level player and Jason was an “expert” level player. As justin and I were noodling away on our guitars, Jason (a trained, classical, guitarist) mentioned something about “modes.” At the time, I didn’t know anything about musical structure or music theory, but what he said made sense and something in my head clicked.
He said “A mode is when you start on one note of a scale, and play through the scale until you reach that same note an octave higher or lower.”
I at least knew what a scale (kind of) was “do, re, mi…” and my dad had told me about octaves (the same note, just sounded higher or lower). With just those two pieces of prior knowledge and what Jason had just told me, the lights went on in my head and I started to understand.
You see, the key to becoming a guitar genius (or a genius of any kind, for that matter) is to understand structure. Before my friend had given me that piece of knowledge, I viewed the fretboard as some infinite sea of ever changing notes. A chaos from which nothing but more chaos could emerge.
The truth is, the fretboard is anything but chaotic. It is an ordered and organized matrix of nearly limitless possibilities. Since then I’ve gone on to learn more about music theory and guitar playing than anyone of my friends and family (including Jason), many of whom had formal educations in music through either private schools or college education.
The Goal of Guitar Genius
The goal of guitar genius is simple. Take you from zero to hero with step by step exercises, lessons, and methods custom developed by me over years of learning the guitar. I want to take the mystery out of the six string. What are scales? Chords? Picking Patterns? Rhythms? If you follow the advice I supply on this site, I am certain you’ll not only be able to impress your friends and family, you’ll be able to impress yourself.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,