Elmo Karjalainen: The “Psychology of Playing”

Elmo Karjalainen, my Finnish Amigo and guitarist extraordinaire, has just released a series of excellent videos entitled the “Psychology of Playing”.

About this particular video series, in Elmo’s own words:

“Well, I’d say the clue is in the title. I think it’s very important stuff for many people, and I talk about issues that I see every day in my job as a music teacher. I also think it’s the kind of stuff that doesn’t get talked about enough. It’s also not just for guitarists, but it applies to all musicians, and to other activities as well.”

As he implies, you don’t need to be a musician to pick up some valuable knowledge from these videos. The advice he provides is most definitely relevant to whatever your ultimate goals in life may be.

The Episodes

  1. Setting Goals
  2. Having the Right Mindset
  3. Music IS A Competition
  4. Enjoying the Process
  5. How Much Should You Practice?
  6. Dealing With Feedback (Both Positive AND Negative)
  7. Why Is Everyone Better Than You?

Click below to access the complete playlist, absolutely free:

“Psychology of Playing”

A closing word…

It takes not only talent, but great intelligence and intellect to attain the heights that Elmo has reached, not to mention one hell of a lot of hard work. His positive outlook on life, teaching abilities, and guidance are always educational to see and hear. I greatly admire those qualities in him, just as much as I do his musical prowess.

You also just have to love his off-the-wall sense of humor. It both draws me in to the subject at hand, and never fails to make me laugh out loud. He’s such a humble guy who never seems to take himself too seriously, but when the time comes to pick up his axe, watch out… He’s all business!

More Elmo links:

Official Home Page

Elmo offers many different tiers of membership on Patreon, some priced as low as $1/month (although I’m sure he’d appreciate it if you donated a bit more). Even at that lowest tier, you get digital download access to all of his albums. Depending on the level you choose, his services go all the way up to private guitar lessons on Skype.

Sign up here to show him your support. He’s most definitely deserving, and I assure you that you’ll get to listen to some absolutely ass-kicking music.

YouTube Channel

There are literally hundreds of videos Elmo has produced there, covering every subject you can possibly think of when it comes to playing guitar, gear demos, free music, and much more.

Major kudos to you Bro, and keep up the great work!
Craig and Elmo Karjalainen - Resized and cropped

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