Genre Hopping, Alaskapiks, Advanced Lessons, Blisters on Me Fingers! QNA 1

Questions Nobody Asked (QNA) with Jon Michael Swift

In committing to release a Q&A upon hitting $100 a month with his Patreon campaign, Jon has stayed true to his word and uploaded a comprehensive new video in which he addresses a number of commonly asked questions on his YouTube and Patreon feeds.


Jon first covers “genre hopping,” or more specifically how to accompany many different styles of music and the relative and derivative techniques one can use in the pursuit thereof.


What are those things on your fingers? One can get away with styled fingernails on a nylon guitar, but when the inevitable move to steel strings happens a musician needs to consider long-term, effective methods for consistent, accurate, and euphonious playing. Jon illustrates his personal method of using four Alaskapiks and a thumb pick so that his hands can keep up with his professional schedule and demands.


Many of Jon’s subscribers have been asking about as-yet unproduced advanced lessons for a number of serials; Jon fills everyone in on his 2017 plans, which lessons he plans on touching on soon, which will be a little further down the road, and how to support his work or get voting power in pushing for specific advanced lessons.


At one point or another, every serious musician is going to run into performance and practice injuries. Jon talks about how these “setbacks” can be turned into advantages or can serve as spontaneous lessons in developing method and style; he busts out his Uke to demonstrate ways to account for blistered or injured fingers, and shares an anecdote of a time he had to adjust his own picking pattern during a gig to solve the problem of an out-of-commission finger.

Have music/guitar/vocal questions you’d like answered? Contact Jon here, check out his YouTube channel for tons of free guitar instruction, or contribute to his Patreon campaign for the right to vote on upcoming content and get quick answers to pressing questions.

For more about Jon Micheal Swift please visit or Jon’s detailed Bio.


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