Watch the Short Video Below to Discover the Truth about Real Guitar Playing ...
We know and understand the importance of physical technique with regard to great guitar playing, and you now understand that it's all based on the foundation of fundamental, physical control. Imagine how it will feel to start building the technique necessary to play what inspires you and made you want to play in the first place, instead of whatever random songs some method book or common guitar teacher says you need to learn!
Self-trust as a player is critical to achieving higher levels of guitar mastery and ability, and confidence is needed for this self-trust to develop. Playing confidence and playing ability have a reciprocal relationship; each strengthening the other, and you'll cultivate both when you dig into Mastering Control. Confidence is also a learned and transferable skill you'll be able to better apply to other areas of your life, once you've gained more of it through your improved guitar playing.
A primary aspect of all the Guitar Antihero trainings is rugged individuality, gained through the personal power and authority of better guitar playing. But the truth is, the vast majority of people with guitars are more or less "playing around" at guitar playing, rather than actually doing what they want to do with the instrument: you and I both know this is true. With Mastering Control, you're giving yourself access to a system most players will never know; thereby breaking apart from the masses. If you're the kind of player who seeks more from their playing, then this is for you.
The methods you get inside Mastering Control have been proven to just plain work, day in and day out. Unlike some guitar instruction you've probably seen, there's no fluff, no filler, and no bullshit here. You're gaining the advantage of accessing workable techniques and applications, with all the guesswork removed, so you can start becoming the guitarist you aspire to be right now, today.
Week 1 is where you learn to avoid the common (and mostly ignored) mistake that stops most players from achieving long-term success, and why making "friends" with the guitar is vital to the process. Once you really get this, your playing and perspective will only change for the better.
Here's where you discover why the usual method of just plunking down your fingers and squeezing strings sucks, and how to use correct fretting hand mechanics for maximum playing efficiency. Avoid the traps most guitarists succumb to with what you learn in Week 2.
In Week 3, you're learning about the "Unity of Opposites" regarding ideas of tension and release: many people advise releasing all tension while playing, but there's a right way to actually do this to achieve great results. Discover it here and watch your playing become more controlled and effective.
The old adage "Less is More" isn't always true of great guitar playing, but it certainly applies to a few critical areas of your technique. Here you'll learn how to leverage the power of "Macrocosm vs. Microcosm" for maximum picking & strumming efficiency & control, along with more effective fretting hand technique. When you adopt the methods learned in Week 4, you'll strengthen your playing so that when you decide to play "more", your results are also more.
Every action we take should be purpose-driven, and this is no different with your guitar playing. The problem is, most players use a haphazard approach to increasing their technique without a definite purpose; moving from one thing to the next, in hopes of improvement. What you learn in Week 5 solves this problem for good, and helps you establish a solid playing foundation that's firmly rooted in reliable, unshakeable purpose.
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5 weekly, comprehensive sessions. You'll receive immediate access upon your registration, and will have lifetime access to the training. The sessions include different media, depending on that week's focus, and are designed for full integration of the material.
Mastering Control: Simple Guitar Dominance utilizes video instruction, audio files, written PDFs, guitar-specific charts, and quizzes to provide a well-rounded curriculum; helping you to maximize the results of your training.
You'll receive an exclusive certificate of completion upon finishing the course, suitable for printing and framing. This certificate symbolizes your achievement and commitment to becoming an ambitious and results-oriented, real guitarist.
Guitar lessons for individuals that want to bitch slap all the posers and douche bags who destroyed your confidence years ago.
To start, Tom Garman does not stand out at all from any other guitar instructor. No, Tom Garman stands above. He does with both his attitude and approach ... the self-proclaimed Antihero focuses on giving you the tools you need to make your own tools.
Tom is an excellent guitar instructor. He has helped me become a better guitar player, and I will continue to recommend him to several fellow guitarists.
Unlike most guitar instruction, the Guitar Antihero courses are NOT for everyone, and this is true for Mastering Control: Simple Guitar Dominance as well. Take a look at the lists below here to see if you meet the criteria for enrollment, and are the right sort of person for this course.
Look, I get it. Some healthy skepticism is a good thing, especially if you've been burned by other guitar trainings ...
Know that since we do things differently here, the attitude of rebellion doesn't just apply to the training itself. I'm doing something else most other guitar programs won't do ...
Enroll in Mastering Control: Simple Guitar Dominance today, and if you've not increased your playing control, understanding of your playing, or begun to see the progress you want within 60 days of really working with the material, just send me a message at the email address you'll find in the member's area, and I'll refund your investment in the course, no questions asked.
It's simple: choose which version you want (Standard or Premier), and once you've made your payment, you'll receive immediate access in the member's area. You'll be asked to create a username, password, etc. and once you've done that, you can get started right away.
Honestly, this is never an easy question to answer, because everyone is different and is working within a different set of circumstances. That said, it will depend on where you already are in your playing journey, how much experience you have, the condition of your guitar, how much you're willing to devote to your studies, etc. Some people will see results almost immediately, while others will take a little longer.
Follow and work the process, and you will see improvement. It's possible you'll start seeing the benefits of the course within minutes of doing the beginning work.
Once you've registered, you'll have lifetime access to the course. Well, okay ... "lifetime" isn't exactly a definite time frame. If I should happen to give up the ghost (i.e.: croak) before you, I suppose the Guitar Antihero stuff would go away too. But let's just say that as long as I'm around doing this stuff, the course will also be here.
Also, let's hope against my untimely demise, okay?
Ya know, everyone's an expert, until they're not. I've heard this sort of thing for years, and while nobody has to receive quality instruction from a qualified teacher, it sure as hell doesn't hurt. The truth is, nothing will do you any good if you're not able to use and apply it in your own playing. Nothing. No matter where you learn it, it won't matter in the least if it's not applied.
With that in mind, this course focuses on the application of the material, rather than just leaving you to figure things out on your own. Also, I've done the guesswork for you over decades of playing and teaching in the real world, and now you're getting the refined version of what I've learned and taught.
One last thought for consideration on this question: while it's not absolutely impossible to work this stuff on your own ... why would you want to spend potentially countless dollars and years of your life doing that? I'd also state that most of the breathtakingly awesome players we can think of, across musical genres, recommend studying with a qualified instructor. Hey, maybe they know something, too?
While it's unlikely you'll have problems, I'm here for you if you do. You can always email me at the address inside the member's area, let me know what's going on, and your issue will be resolved.
If you're afraid you won't be able to actually do what the course requires, I have to tell you a few things, and I'm going to be pretty goddamn blunt:
1) That's entirely the wrong attitude to have, and your mental positioning needs an upgrade. If you go into most anything thinking you'll fail, guess what? You probably will. Training the Mind and the Will are key aspects of the Guitar Antihero courses, and we do deal with some of these things in the actual training material.
But if you're already beaten before you begin, you're unlikely to get anywhere you want to go.
If you do think this way, I'd recommend spending some time in retrospection and contemplation; asking yourself why you think this way. And don't just ask hypothetically: actually ask yourself why, and look for specific, concrete answers to the question.
You aren't your past experiences, and your future doesn't have to be what you might have known before. I'm not trying to be a dick here ... if you don't fix that, not much is likely to work well for you. Work it out if that's a problem area for you.
2) While no 2 people are exactly alike, I can honestly say that in over 2 decades of teaching this stuff, I've not seen a single instance where these methods haven't worked, barring some physical/mental/medical impediment. If you have adequately functional hands, fingers, wrists, arms, etc., you will see results, provided you work the system and let it work for you.
3) As I mentioned above, I'm here for you. You can contact me with any questions or concerns, and I'll help you get the most out of what we're doing. You don't like it when you're just left hanging with a potential problem, and I don't like that either. So we won't do that, alright?
Good question, and I'll answer it. Ready?
1) These methods work, and they've been tested and proven to work in the trenches of online & offline teaching, private and group instruction, "boot camp" programs, college guitar courses, in the recording studio, on auditorium stages & in shit hole dives during performance situations, and every single other environment that my students & I have been in.
2) You can actually contact me, and I'll actually respond. All too often we're left working with an instructor who seems to have vanished once we need something from them. That's not the case here.
3) There are many other options out there, but I can safely guarantee that nobody else is teaching some of what you're getting in this course. Remember the whole "Think more Pirate than Royal Navy" thing? That's the needed approach, and also the approach you're least likely to encounter with other instruction. After all, we're guitar antiheroes, and not "guitar players who just think and do things like everyone else" for a reason.
Okay. So ... what about YouTube? Well, what about YouTube? Yes, I know YT can be great; I'm on there too & use it myself. Yes, I know there's a ton of free stuff on there. I also know that while some of what you'll find there is awesome, a lot of it is pretty damn terrible. Good thing it is free, because you should be paid to have to watch some of what you'll come across.
The fundamental problem with even the really good stuff on YT and other, similar, online platforms is that there is rarely an actual system in place for you to work. You don't need more random techniques and chord strumming patterns; you need a system for putting things together and making them work for you.
That's also what you're getting in this course. Proven methods from an experienced, expert-level instructor, the ability to contact said instructor with any questions or issues, an actual & workable system for making your playing more of what you want it to be, and material you're guaranteed to find nowhere else. There are more reasons I could give here, but this is getting long & I've made the point.
The course mostly deals with pick style, and the examples and material reflect that. But it can all be easily adapted to finger style technique as well.
This question would take a lot longer to answer in a thorough way than what I'm going to say here, but in short, the Golden Age of Piracy epitomized much of what we stand for (albeit adapted to our situation): uncommon solutions for common problems; a sense of personal power and authority through rugged, (often cutthroat) means of getting real results; a sometimes heretical and rebellious stance against the herd mentality of the guitar-playing masses, the desire for personal excellence through ambition and drive, the "by any means necessary" approach to getting things done, and so on and so forth.
Those are just a few reasons why we fly the Black Flag, and why many of the figures of that Golden Age were classic Antiheroes.
And hey, we're guitarists: swords & skulls & such sort of go hand in hand with what we do, right?