Become the Musician You Want To Be
Skyrocket your skills with the StringKick All Access Pass.
You learn a new song every now and then, but you never really improve anymore…
It’s weird, because when you first started playing, each song you mastered helped you get better.
Why is that? And what should you do to finally start making progress again?
Here’s what’s going on:
When you first picked up a guitar, your focus was on simply being able to play a song on your instrument.
To get your fingers to move in the right way to produce a piece of music.
In other words: your focus was on technique. And your focus should be on this when you start out. There’s nothing like that thrill of finally being able to play that song you love.
Also, with every new tune, riff, solo or chord progression you mastered, you gained control of your fingers and got a little better.
Tab sites and YouTube are pretty great for this stage. They’ve made it ridiculously easy to find the TAB or chords to songs you love and want to learn.
But there is a point where Googling guitar tabs and tutorials becomes a crutch instead of a helping hand.
What got you here, won’t get you there.
See, as great as this approach is, it neglects an essential part of your musical development.
You could call it the ‘musical part of your brain’.
You could call it ‘musicality’ or ‘musical intelligence’.
I like the phrase ‘inner music skills’.
Your inner music skills allow you to do things like:
- Play music by ear
- Understand what you’re playing (on a deep level)
- Figure out songs by ear
- Hear music in much greater detail
- Understand music you hear
- Improvise moving solos
Many people assume these skills can’t be learned. And I think I know why.
Watching an experienced musician perform can look like pure magic. Everything looks like it comes naturally. So easy and effortless. Because of this, it’s easy to attribute their skill to some innate, inborn musical talent.
But talent is practice in disguise.
All those experienced musicians put in countless hours of practice to develop their ‘inner music skills’. It’s exactly those hours of practice that make playing look so easy and natural.
So, how do you develop these skills?
That’s the question I’ve been finding answers to for the past decade and a half as I learned all of it myself. I discovered pieces of the puzzle from teachers, fellow music students and at masterclasses with world-class musicians.
This site is where I share the insights I’ve collected on how the musical mind works. Based on those insights, I’m also creating super practical courses that help you put in laser-focused practice to develop your ‘musical intelligence’.
In other words: the courses will help you become a better musician, not just a better guitar player.
Learning these awesome skills will transform your experience of music and make your musical journey much more fulfilling.
So let’s get going!
By joining StringKick with the All Access Pass you’ll get access to all the courses on the site. That’s 282 lessons in total. (And counting!)
The All Access Pass is brand new, which is why you can now get a special ‘early bird deal’ at 15 dollars a month.
Of course, should you change your mind, you’ll get a full refund within 30 days. Simple as that :)
My Music Learning Philosophy
I'll admit: I'm a bit of a nerdy teacher. I read books about this stuff for fun. (Don't worry, I also Netflix like normal people.) Long story short, I think about the best way to learn music a lot.
Here's what I believe:
10% explanation, 90% practice
With a little effort you can find tons of information about learning and playing guitar. But how does all of that information help you become a better player? Yeah, that’s the hard part.
That’s why my courses are 10% explanation and 90% practice. Together, we’ll put in the practice you need to get everything you learn into your system, making it easy and effortless to use.
Learning with real music is essential
I could spend hours explaining what a kilogram is, but it'd be much quicker to shove a 1KG weight into your hands. That’s why I use as much real music in my courses as possible.
Instead of a stuffy laboratory class room, I like to think of my courses as an expedition into the jungle of real-world music. I want you to hear, feel and experience what things actually sound like in real songs. That’s the only way it can truly make sense to you.
Also, geeky music education opinions aside, it’s just a lot more fun, right?
No Such Thing as a Bad Student
When I was 19, I walked into my first singing lesson. I was nervous, until my teacher said: ‘Now, if there’s ever anything you don’t understand, or if you mess up, that’ll be my fault. I’m the teacher and I’m responsible for your learning’.
That idea has been a cornerstone of my teaching philosophy ever since: it’s my job to make sure you understand, learn and make progress. It's your job to relax and follow along.
It’s why I have a ‘love it or get a refund’ policy: if I don’t deliver, let me know within 30 days and you’ll get a full refund. No questions asked.
Get the StringKick All Access Pass
So, what courses are out right now? Here's a quick overview:
- Guitar Chord Bootcamp
- Guitar Chord Bootcamp: Extra Song Pack
- Make Your Ears Awesome: Kick-Starter
- Make Your Ears Awesome: Riffs and Melodies
- Make Your Ears Awesome: Riff Hall of Fame
- Make Your Ears Awesome: Chord Progressions
- Make Your Ears Awesome: Essential Sevenths
- Strumming Skills Bootcamp
With the StringKick All Access Pass, you'll get access to all of it. And of course all new courses coming out.
That’s access to 302 lessons, all handcrafted by a music education geek (me, if you’re wondering) to make them both fun and seriously effective.
Now, if you’d take lessons with a private instructor, that would set you back at least a hundred dollars a month.
If you enter a music academy that costs thousands of dollars a year.
With StringKick, you can develop essential music skills for just 19 dollars a month. At least, it will be. Because the All Access Pass is brand new, you're getting the early bird deal: 15 dollars a month, for the lifetime of your subscription.
Oh, and if you don’t love it for literally any reason (took up competitive turtle racing instead of guitar / the sky is blue ) you’ll get a full refund within 30 days. Just email me and it’s done.
In short, give it a shot. I think you'll love it.
Get Started for Free
Want to see what these courses are all about? The best way to find out is to take them for a spin. You can run through the first couple of lessons of each course for free, so you can see how the full course works. Here's a quick overview of each of them.
Guitar Chord Bootcamp
In this course, you'll learn 96 essential chords, from A to G#m7. If that sounds complicated, I promise it's a lot easier than it sounds. All the chord names and fretboard shapes may seem overwhelming, but by learning them in small chunks, it becomes much, much easier.
Make Your Ears Awesome: Kick-Starter
Figuring out songs by ear just might be the best way to train your ears. This course makes it easier than ever to get started. You'll figure out 24 songs, with note-by-note help and instructions.
Make Your Ears Awesome: Riffs and Melodies
After getting a grip on figuring out songs by ear with the course above (Kick-Starter), this courses takes your skills to the next level. Over 50 songs that slowly get more challenging!
Make Your Ears Awesome: Chord Progressions
You guessed it: this is the chord version of Make Your Ears Awesome. Listen to a chord progression, use your guitar to figure out the chords and check if you get it right. The songs will start off simple and slowly become more challenging.
Strumming Skills Bootcamp
This one's brand new! In this course you'll develop a number of foundational strumming skills. You'll learn when to strum up or down, the difference between straight and swing rhythm, but you'll also practice figuring out strum patterns by ear. Of course, you'll train all these skills in exercises I've created for you as well as more than 30 real songs, so you can hear how this stuff works 'in the real world'.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions? You can always send me a quick message: just (at) stringkick.com! Below are some answers to common questions.
Can I get an annual subscription?
I don't have the option (yet). But email me and we can probably make this happen.
How do I cancel my All Access Pass subscription?
First make sure you're logged in to your account. Next, you can cancel in three clicks. Click 1: Click 'My Account' in the top right. Click 2: Click 'Account Settings' at the bottom of the page. Click 3: Scroll to 'Your Subscription Details' and click the large red 'Cancel' Button. That's it!
What if I don’t like the membership?
No worries! Simply send me a quick email within 30 days and you'll get a full refund. Simple as that.
I have another question.
Feel free to email me at just(at)stringkick.com if you have any questions!