Take a moment and give yourself several congratulatory pats on the back! You made it to the end of this Master Class, and you’re a better guitarist for it. However, your neo soul guitar journey is just beginning.
Q. What did you find most useful in this class? Have you been able to dedicate regular practice to these concepts or do you plan to return to them when you have time?
While filming with Ashton, we were amazed at how dedicated he is to his practice routine. In his own words, “It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take it around the cycle of 4ths.” Ashton wouldn’t be a master guitarist if he wasn’t also a master practitioner, and that’s something we see in all of the talented musicians we work with. It takes an intense level of commitment to your craft to reach the top.
What if I don’t have time to practice?
It’s all too easy to tell yourself that you’re too busy to practice. In reality, if you have 15 minutes of free time per day, you have ample time to practice!
Even if you choose two or three exercises from this class and work on them 5 minutes a day, your playing will improve significantly. There’s no rush to master these exercises – keep it consistent and take it slow. You’ll be amazed at how much you progress in the long term.
Now is a great time to go back and review.
1) Review our class notes PDF. Make sure you understand what you’re practicing in each exercise. Rewatch the accompanying lesson video if you need to.
2) Practice the exercises. Start off with the first few. As you feel more comfortable, gradually increase the tempo, then move onto the next batch
3) Record yourself. You’re your own best teacher. Listen to yourself objectively and compare your sound, timing, and playing to Ashton’s.
4) Enjoy the journey. There’s no rush. Build a consistent practice habit that’s fun and works for you – is the best thing you can do for your playing.
We’d like to congratulate you on making it through this Master Class. We had a blast making it for you. Thanks to Ashton for delivering so much insight and a valuable class. Pickup Music is founded by a New Zealander (Sam Blakelock), so this class was extra special for us because Ashton is a fellow Kiwi.
Make sure you follow Ashton on Instagram and listen to his music.
Stay tuned for more advanced neo soul lessons and Master Class from Pickup Music.
This is just the beginning.