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Watch the Getting to Home Base online guitar lesson by Bruce Arnold from Guitar Physiology Survival Guide

An ergonomic way of playing the guitar creates an efficient connection between your hands and your brain. Too much excess movement makes your brain work harder and slows down your ability to play quickly and accurately. I call the type of guitar technique found in this DVD a "Home Base Technique."


"Home Base" is the position that you want to get back to as often as possible, a place for your body to relax and regroup. By developing this "Home Base Technique" you will have a place where both hands can maintain proper blood flow and stop tension from building up in your hands and body. This in turn will decrease your chances of developing repetitive stress injuries such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Let the big muscles do the heavy lifting!

Too many times I have seen students attempting to control their playing using the smaller muscle groupings, when the larger muscles are ready and waiting to be used. So instead of using your finger joints or wrist, I recommend using your forearm.