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The Basis Pattern
Major Chord Arpeggios
How the Stretch System Came to Be.
This system came out of my own struggles to learn to play the guitar.
I Have No Natural Ability
I have no natural ability when it comes to playing guitar but I do love the instrument. I have devoted much of my adult life to learning and have often been disappointed with how slow I am to learn chords and songs and how fast I am to forget them. I always thought the fretboard was an illogical monster whose goal it was to thwart my musical progress.
Ah, but the piano! So simple in its layout. So sensible an instrument. One key one note. Why couldn't the guitar be more like the piano.
Shortcuts that Shortchange
It was that desire that lead me to search for a system that simplified the fretboard. I found the answer when I realized that all the approaches I had been taught were shortcuts that made it the guitar "easier" for my hand to play but more difficult for my mind to understand.
Finally, I took a hard look at the fretboard and realized that there was a single fingering pattern that could be used anywhere on the guitar. Why I had never been shown this?! I mentioned it to a friend who teaches guitar and he told me that he teaches mostly kids under 14 years of age and they just can't play that pattern with their small hands.
It's Making a Difference
So, I created the Stretch System and wrote this book to teach myself to play better. And, it's working! All the benefits I have described on this web page I am experiencing. The guitar is now nearly as sensible as piano. I am happy to say that the Stretch System has given me the improvement I have been looking for.
I struggled to learn the guitar and felt like I was stupid. As it turns out, I am stupid but the Stretch System works for me anyway. -Tom Michero