What makes Classical Guitar Playing Effortless, Giving you the Confidence and Freedom you seek?
CLASSICAL GUITAR PLAYING SKILLS
The answer seems simple but getting it right is complex, it means:
- You've identified your skill level and know exactly what to do in order to get to the next one
- You know how to make your playing completely unconscious by using your psychology's intriguing functions
- You posses a flawless technique, not average
- You keep yourself motivated and energized at decisive moments, not miss opportunities due to changes in mood
- You manage your time and priorities to improve your playing, not waste them
- You perform comfortably and effectively in front of people, not get stuck in stage fright episodes
- You have charisma and easily convey that in your performances, not come across as boring to the audience
- You know how to use the adrenaline of a guitar competition to reach your peak performance abilities, not get scared by it
Pathways to Guitar Excellence © is a teaching and learning philosophy that enables guitarists to maximize their performance. This Intensive Multimedia Course works like a Personal Trainer for Classical Guitarists. It not only gives you specific step-by-step instructions on how to improve, but PERSUADES you to take action as well by the use of motivation. Dr. Costa is a Touring Spanish/Brazilian/Classical Guitarist, D'Addario Artist, 1st prize Winner of 10 International Guitar Competitions and was invited to perform at many venues including the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.
The PGE Teaching/Learning Philosophy, the Step-by-Step System and its Innovative Guitar Technique Model
Did you know that 90% of our actions are unconscious?
For instance, imagine you are walking in a beautiful park right now. As you walk you can see nice trees, flowers, dogs being walked and some people playing Frisbee 20 feet away. The weather is just perfect, the wind gently touches your hair and all of a sudden, your cell phone rings. You feel compelled to pick it up and start talking to that special someone you love so much.
Now, let me ask you a question. How many different kinds of actions were you taking at that seemingly relaxed moment?
Just to name a few:
- You were walking; that means placing one foot after the other while keeping your balance.
- You were observing; that means moving your eyes, your head and your neck in order to focus on the observed events.
- You were talking on the phone; that means moving your arms, opening your hands, grabbing the cell phone on your pocket, pressing the talk button, moving your arm again, placing the cell phone to your ear, opening your mouth, saying words, one after the other, all the while thinking about what to say next and also listening to the other person.
Question: Were you consciously aware of all these actions simultaneously?
You were probably 10% conscious on average, because your subconscious mind was taking care of the other 90% for you.
Let’s imagine you were trying to be conscious of everything in that situation, your feet, balance, hands, finger pressing the talk button, words, breathing, heartbeat, etc. Would that make you have a better or worse performance?
Hmm, something to think about.
If we try to be conscious of everything we do, we end
up experiencing a lower performance.
Now, if our subconscious mind is 90% conscious of everything we do and that is how we work the best, that means that ideally 90% of our playing should be unconsciously driven in order for us to be at our best.
Is that what most people do?
I’m afraid not.
People actually do the opposite: they try to be conscious of everything at the same time because they want to have CONTROL over everything they are doing, and they wonder why they cannot perform effortlessly. I can’t point fingers because I’ve been there in the past; we were not made to think about many things at the same time. That is why we have this amazing “super computer” if you will (our subconscious mind) taking care of all the details for us.
We need to focus on so many things in order to become an outstanding performer. We need to work on our motor coordination, reading skills, left and right hand skills, arms skills, individual fingers skills, nail shapes and sizes, interpretation, self-expression, stage presence, different kinds of repertoire, memory, and the list goes on and on...
How can we make 90% of these actions unconscious and absolutely flawless?
Because if we want to be at our best, we need to tap into that resource, and that is: “Our subconscious mind”.
Also, how can we allow ourselves to TRUST in its capabilities? Because let me tell you something, if you don’t trust your subconscious mind will do a great job in taking care of those 90%, it just won’t!
This fact also explains why so many people perform better in private than in public. When people perform just for themselves, they probably allow their subconscious to completely take over the 90%. Your subconscious mind needs trust, and to trust is to feel 100% certain that it will do a fantastic job.
So coming back to the question: “How can we make 90% of our playing unconscious, absolutely flawless and at the same time, trust that our subconscious mind will do a great job in taking care of it?”
By working on: YOUR PSYCHOLOGY
And I don’t mean doing therapy (ha, ha)
It is much more simple than that.
Your playing is the result of the way you think. Nothing
can influence your playing more than opening up the
possibility for new thoughts and ideas.
What would happen if your way of thinking allowed you to be 100% certain that you would achieve the level you desire? How would that affect your behavior? How would that affect the way your fingers touch the strings? Your technique? How much more would you practice if in your gut you were absolutely certain you would achieve what you want?
What would happen if your way of thinking allowed you to feel compelled to get better? Not only logically knowing the reasons why you want to improve, but genuinely FEELING them at a gut level? How many creative ideas would you come up with ON YOUR OWN when a challenge shows up? Because challenges will always appear, no matter what level we have achieved.
What would happen if your way of thinking allowed your practicing to ALWAYS be 100% pleasurable? How much more time would you practice? How much easier would it be for you to achieve your maximum improvement rate?
The way you think influences EVERYTHING you do while playing the guitar. That is the most important component to consider because if you take care of it, then it will automatically take care of your improvement.
The traditional guitar teaching models tend to focus ONLY on the MECHANICAL and MUSICAL aspects of a performance; they tell students exactly what to do. But our problem today isn’t knowing what to do! We all know we should practice more; we all know we should have more knowledge; we all know we should listen to good performers; but do we do that? I am afraid we don’t do that enough... So what is missing?
Besides strategies for working on and trusting in our
subconscious mind, what is also missing is the ability
to help the students find their OWN reasons why they
must do those things. We are now talking about
It blows my mind how the word motivation has such a negative connotation for some people. Maybe that is because they associate it with some sort of salesmanship, but stop for a second now and think with me: What would life be like if we didn’t feel motivated to do things? What would it be like to not feel inspired by what is important to us?
Yes, you are right!
LIFE WOULD BE BOOOORING!!!
And we don’t want to experience that...
We want to feel at our best, knowing we are becoming the best musicians we can be and not only knowing exactly what to do, but doing it with passion, excitement and a sense fulfillment. We’ve all had the experience of being in the zone, where everything we do just works. We just need to get to that place more often; that is all.
Is PGE MAINLY about motivation?
No, PGE is much more than that.
What is PGE then
PGE stands for Pathways to Guitar Excellence. It is a
teaching and learning philosophy that enables
guitarists to maximize their performance.
What is the Step-by-Step System?
The Step-by-Step System is the application of the PGE philosophy. We’ll call point A, the level guitarists are right now and point B, the level they want to achieve. The system will get them from point A to point B.
What is the Innovative Guitar Technique?
It is a new guitar technique model developed using the PGE philosophy.
Why “Pathways to Guitar Excellence”?
Because it had to have a name :) Notice that Pathways is in the plural; which implies there is MORE THAN ONE way of becoming a better guitarist. That means, PGE is NOT a strict or dogmatic philosophy; its main ideas are very embracing and people seem to find it extremely hard to be opposed to.
Who can disagree with the idea of the Survival Instinct?
“Everybody wants to live and nobody wants to die; this is hardwired into our brains as it is in all the other life forms.”
The PGE philosophy is based on the “Survival Instinct”.
It utilizes this powerful force of nature in order to
develop specific strategies so anyone can achieve their
maximum improvement rate; in other words, PGE is the
art and science of improvement applied to guitar
Let’s start by understanding these THREE basic statements first:
1- The survival instinct is a force that makes us look for life and run away from death.
2- If our body faces a challenging experience, the survival instinct will INCREASE its strength in order to increase its chance of survival in a future dispute; immediately following the challenge we may feel weak, however with time and rest our system will restore itself to become stronger than before.
“That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.”
3- If the challenge is too harsh, the survival instinct may not be able to make us stronger.
What does that mean?
That means we need to get weaker in order to get stronger. BUT, if we get TOO weak, we don’t get stronger. And what that really means to you is that improvement happens when we get out of our comfort zone. BUT, if we get TOO FAR out of our comfort zone and for a LONG period of time, we don’t improve.
Then, how can we ensure we achieve our maximum improvement rate?
By using the PGE Step-by-Step System:
In order to leave point A and arrive at point B, we need to go through a process; and that is what the Step-by-Step System is all about: the process of achieving the next level.
In order to get to point B, we will need to go through one or many cycles of the Step-by-Step system.
What is a cycle?
It is a group of actions we all naturally take during a specific period of time.
Each PGE cycle is divided into 4 categories containing 12 steps which are based on HOW the Survival Instinct Makes us Stronger. This topic is explored in depth in the PGE Multimedia Course.
How do we get physically stronger?
1st- We eat
2nd- We exhaust the muscles by destroying some muscle fibers
3rd - We eat again
4th - We rest
Guitar improvement happens in the exact same way:
Category A - Giving Supplement
In the same way we need to feed our bodies, we also need to feed our minds in order to achieve the next level of mastery. In this category we’ll go through the process of finding exactly what YOU want for your playing, I will help you to find your OWN reasons why you must go get it, I will help you find that certainty which will make you use more of your potential, and I will give you what is the LARGEST portion of this program: The Guitar Resources Knowledge Data. This is the place you should go if you want to know ANYTHING related to guitar performance. The new technique model, instructions on how to practice or prepare for a performance, and how to eliminate stage fright are a few examples of the types of content presented here.
Category B - Destroying
In the same way we need to destroy some muscle fibers (exhausting the muscles), we also need to USE (destroy/exhaust) our resources acquired in category A. This is the TAKING ACTION section of this program which is comprised of creating a plan for your progress among other topics.
Category C - Giving More Supplement
In the same way your body needs more nutrients in order to start recovering from a workout, we need more supplement in order to recover from Category B. In this category we’ll review exactly what you want for your playing, your OWN reasons for making it worthwhile, and your certainty levels. The central portion of this category will be to measure and give MEANINGS to the results, and we’ll do that by the use of specific tables.
Category D - Building up
In the same way we need to rest in order to build up our bodies stronger than before (based on the survival instinct), we also need to REST in order to become a better performer. In this category we will first of all relax, then celebrate your ability to take action, be grateful for the privilege of having done what is necessary to achieve your goals, and also visualize your ultimate outcome in order to build up your “guitar performance muscles” stronger than they were before. I also want to say that this category should not be viewed as simply metaphysical; it is actually something very down to earth. An example is the visualization step, where we will train our minds to be able to play the guitar inside our own heads, as if we were really playing it for real. I can tell you that this knowledge has helped me win several guitar competitions in the past and you too can get excel at this if you practice. Today I am able to practice in this way for long periods of time. When I am visualizing myself playing a particular piece, and I happen to make a mistake, I immediately recognize the mistake without needing to touch the guitar and can generally fix it pretty well inside my own head. I don’t tell you this to brag about my skills, but to inspire you and tell you that this is indeed possible for every single one of us.
The steps in the program are not equally divided among them, some are larger than the others. For example: Step 12 is about Visualization and it represents 1% of the total size of the steps. Now, Step 5 is about Guitar Performance Knowledge Data and it represents 56% of the total size of the steps. It becomes clear then that:
Guitar is the main focus of the PGE Multimedia Course.
Notice that I didn’t even consider the videos! This would make step 5 huge because nearly all of them are located in this category.
Now, what about people who don’t like structure? What about people who like to learn without knowing how they are learning?
It’s time to talk about the LINEAR and NON-LINEAR Learning Approaches.
How did you learn to read? I bet the teacher explained each letter one at a time while writing them on the blackboard in alphabetical order. S/he probably also asked you to say them out loud and write them as many times as possible.
This is what I call the LINEAR APPROACH.
Linear is meant to be organized and divided into progressive steps. Every concept has an exact position in relation to other concepts, and a time to be acted upon. A linear approach gives you the CERTAINTY of always being able to get the result, like following a math equation.
Now, have you ever learned how to do something without knowing exactly how you learned it? I want you to remember an experience where you didn’t have a “HOW TO” book telling you the steps. You didn’t even have the steps, you just DID it. Maybe you are a self-taught musician and learned to play songs by ear on the radio spontaneously, or maybe you learned how to sing just by singing, or maybe you acquired a skill having nothing to do with music... Whatever it is, call to mind a learning experience that seemed to happen naturally.
This is what I call the NON-LINEAR learning approach. In this case, you learned by being so sucked into the SUBJECT’S REALITY that all your actions “FELT” spontaneous as a result. In this mode, you figured out the “how“ as you acted. The non-linear approach is meant to present the concepts to you one by one in a random order.
A Non-linear approach gives you the CREATIVITY of getting different results. In this method you will first understand, and then learn just what you are READY to. You will not see deeper than your eyes are ready to see at that time.
It is developed in a way that when you listen to it for the first time you catch some concepts, the second you will absorb some more, and at some point (after listening to it a few times) you will feel a shift occurring in your way of thinking. This shift will be the consequence of all those pieces of information being installed in your reality. This system is very useful for reaching people from different backgrounds and changing people at an unconscious level. Each person needs to listen to a particular concept first in order to complete their unique sense of reality.
The paradox is that when you go attempt to learn in a purely LINEAR fashion, you end up being very “rule oriented”, academic, perfectionist, non creative... AND... when you attempt to learn in a purely NON-LINEAR fashion, you end-up being very “unstable”, inconsistent. If something is not right on a certain day, you will not know where the problem is and how to fix it....
So what is the best way to approach the APPROACHES? (ha ha)
Yes, you’ve got it! BOTH ways!!
We use both ways in the PGE Multimedia Course,
mainly because we all want to have that CERTAINTY of
playing extremely well all the time (LINEAR) and also
that CREATIVITY of having unlimited possibilities
available to us (NON-LINEAR).
How does PGE combine them to achieve the best possible balance?
The PGE language and the format of the various sections are structured to provide a balance between the linear and non-linear learning approaches. For example all the 12 steps of the PGE system are structured using the Linear Approach while the “Resources” and “What is the PGE System?” sections are structured using the Non-Linear approach. This just means that you may need to listen to those two sections more than once in order to fully capture the meaning of what is being said.
The PGE Multimedia Course is designed to be a complete experience for you. The order and way in which the content is presented has been prepared in a very thoughtful and precise way. Just as we can't change the order of the ingredients while preparing a cake, we also can’t change the order of the specific strategies designed to influence you to be at your best. This is what the PGE Course is designed to do. The course was made to influence you in becoming that guitarist you REALLY want to be.
Maybe you are thinking: “Well, I have a guitar professor and I don’t need the PGE Multimedia Course.”
Ok, I can appreciate that. Let me ask you a question:
“Does that mean you are worried there may be conflicts between PGE and your instructor?”
As a guitar coach, I can tell you your instructor would love to see you improve. They want what is best for you, and the PGE Multimedia Course is a program that can be used in conjunction with any teacher or in combination with any guitar method; it is a system on its own. Don't be left behind the people who are exploring their maximum potential by using all the resources they can.
How would you feel if you saw your friends getting better than you by using the resources you could have access to? What would that mean to your career? Or if you are not a professional musician, how much more effort would you have to put in your playing in order to get to the level you want?
PGE is all about Effortless Guitar. Don’t take my word for it, watch my videos and see for yourself!
Let me ask you a question:
How is your technique right now? Are you 100% satisfied with it?
We musicians spend most of our time perfecting our technique. We want to be able to play every single note with accuracy, musical meaning and sometimes speed as well. Think with me, how many hours of your life have you spent practicing a technical passage? Looking back in time, were all those hours REALLY necessary? How much more time will you waste if you don’t figure out a better and faster way to learn?
Sometimes people are not that musical because they spend most of their lifetime banging their heads against a technical approach that just doesn’t work. If something doesn’t work, there is no reason to keep banging our heads against it; it is necessary to be brave and explore a different way of doing things; this is what happened to me. I used to have a lot of problems with my technique, believe it or not. Everything required so much effort! I remember having thoughts about giving up playing for good because I was so unsatisfied...
This is such an irony, because today I have ZERO problems with technique.
How did I conquer that?
By first of all feeling what you might be feeling right now.
This feeling made me open my mind to different ways of doing things. Most people repress this feeling, I don’t; it has a purpose. It challenged me to find the solution for my problems, not only a quick fix, but something that would last long term.
The PGE Innovative Guitar Technique Model was designed using the same principles of the PGE Philosophy. That means, it works with the NATURAL way of moving your fingers. I provided a link to a sneak preview below; notice how I transform the philosophy into this solely logically-oriented approach.
To sum it up:
- We learned that 90% of our actions are unconscious.
- We learned that if we try to control all our actions simultaneously, we will experience a lower performance.
- We learned that 90% of our playing should be unconscious if we want to experience an effortless performance.
- We learned that we need to TRUST our subconscious mind in order for it to function at its highest capacity.
- We learned we need to influence our subconscious mind to execute flawless actions.
- We learned that our playing is the result of the way we think.
- We learned that we must take control of the way we think if we want to take control of our playing.
- We learned that PGE is a Teaching/Learning Philosophy that enables guitarists to maximize their performance.
- We learned that the Multimedia Step-by-Step System is the application of the PGE philosophy.
- We learned that the Innovative Guitar Technique is a new guitar technique model developed using the PGE philosophy.
- We learned that PGE works for people who like to learn in a structured way (LINEAR) and people who like to learn in a more spontaneous kind of environment (NON-LINEAR).
How can you apply the PGE philosophy in your playing? How can you reach your maximum learning rate? How can you completely transform your guitar technique?
Give yourself that gift; decide
now you will APPLY this system.
I can tell you this is exactly how I came to be the performer I am today. I don’t tell you this to make an impression, but to impress upon you the drive to succeed.
Leading by Example:
I always like to lead by example, that means, I am a professional classical guitarist that DOES what I teach! And this is demonstrated in my playing.
How much is it?
First, this is what you will get:
- Download the Official Program (413 Animated Slides + Around 15 Hours of Audio (Voice Coaching) in video format + Workbook)
After your purchase, Dr. Costa will be notified and he will send you the download link by email within 24 hours.
I will charge you less than what I charge for 2 private lessons!
That means: $120
This is a bargain! People who have seen my work all agree that I should be charging AT LEAST twice as much! The reason I am giving you this discount is because I always like to give more than what I promise. That means I genuinely believe this product is worth much more than what I am asking now. And I will have to revisit this decision sometime soon.
For less than the price of 2 lessons with me, you are getting 30 days of Intensive Coaching that feels like I’m there with you, in person. (Once you buy it, the product is yours forever; you can do it in 30 days or at your own pace) Do NOT miss this opportunity. I will change my mind about the price soon and wouldn’t want you to look at this page again tomorrow and find out that the price has gone up…
Now is the time to act!
Update: Pathways to Guitar Excellence has already been sold in TWENTY-ONE countries !! United States, Canada, Australia, Croatia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Portugal, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, England, Italy, Netherlands, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Israel, Austria, and Norway.
Listen to what customers are saying:
Eduardo's PGE program is a breathe of fresh air in the otherwise stuffy and congested realm of guitar methodology. What sets this program apart from others (and there aren't any others like it that I'm aware of) is the raw excitement it instills. Eduardo's enthusiasm is incredibly contagious. I could hardly make it through the first section without stopping to pick up my guitar. Everything Eduardo has to say is very clear and concise. It all makes perfect sense. In other words - you won't feel like you need to consult with a teacher to understand what he is talking about. For just over a hundred dollars, this is surely the best money I've ever spent. I've been using it for about four months now and still get new information every time I open it. Even the sections I have been through countless times! I cannot stress enough how inspired and focused I am after completing a section in PGE. It finally feels as if I'll be able to play the way I always wished to someday...and soon!
Joey Schoenecher - USA
At 68 yrs of age, I decided to seriously study classical guitar, and see how far, and what level I could attain, (at my age and some arthritis in my hands). I am now in my third year of faithfully practicing and continuing to make progress. I am studying from several well know method books, but my playing was still rough,with nails hitting strings and other nuisances, along with periods of being stuck. I was reluctant to purchase another guitar method, and just plod along in my old way. After hearing and watching Eduardo play,I decided to purchase the PGE course. This course teaches what the method books do not, and that is; The finer points of what separates a real good guitar player from a mediocre one. His Zen-like approach, in becoming one with the guitar, and other very helpful ideas, were exactly what I needed, and what was missing. PGE shows how to get the most out of my guitar practice, and making it more structured and productive. I am not even half way through this course but I am already experiencing very significant changes in my playing (more cleanly and precise), and concentration of staying focused. I am looking forward to my continuing progress and enjoyment of playing the guitar. Thanks Eduardo!
George Yusko - Canada
After your purchase, Dr. Costa will be notified and he will send you the download link by email within 24 hours.