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John McCarthy: Hands of Steel - X-Treme Strength Training

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Product Description

"60 minute DVD in Amaray case , 24 Page Tab Booklet, iPod Ready Video This program, designed by renowned guitarist John McCarthy for players of all skill levels, contains workout routines to build the hand strength and coordination needed to take your technique to the next level. You will find exercises such as The Finger Crusher for coordination of both hands, Extreme Picking that will light your pick on fire and One Hand Rolls that focus on working your fretting hand. There are three routines with more than 20 workouts that become progressively more challenging. Want huge improvements? GET THIS PROGRAM NOW! Each Rock House product includes free lifetime membership to Rock House's online lesson support system. Enhance your learning experience, links with instructors, download backing tracks, access message boards, and much more. You'll connect with a community of musicians around the world learning to play music using The Rock House Method."

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Your hands are important to you as a guitar player, and they need to be kept in shape to get the very best from your abilities. This DVD demonstrates a routine of exercises and workouts especially designed for the health and dexterity of your digits. The disc features a booklet detailing your routine and its benefits. Other features include: iPod-ready video, follow-along tab book, free lifetime membership for online lesson support, authored for Zone 0 and more. Languages: English, Spanish. 1 hour


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Product Details

  • Actors: John McCarthy
  • Directors: Rock House Method
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rock House Method
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PMR2U8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By shuTTL3bus on October 11, 2010
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I own 5 of the Rock House DVDs and this is the one I use the most. I am starting out in guitar so as I get better then I will probably start using the others more. This is actually the first one that I recommend for the beginning player to get. The reasons for this is that it has 3 routines. The DVD says you practice each one for 2-4 weeks before moving onto the next routine. Once you have completed all 3 then you can start back at the first one. If you can do all 3 of these routines with proficiency then you can already make some cool music. These routines take about 30 min and will build hand strength and speed for both your picking and fretting hand. The routines are also fun and I like the choice of music that you are making. The one hand rolls sound great (kind of like a light version right hand fretting). Anyway I really like the sound of many of the routines and would be happy just playing them.

Another reviewer mentioned you can find all of this info on the web. While that is probably true, it is nice that it is all presented in one location in a well presented and thought out manor. You can probably teach your self to play by just searching the web but you will still probably pay someone to teach you at some point.

Also, the production values are first rate, I think the included booklet is exceptionally helpful. Also, included is an iPod ready video and lifetime membership to the website. I have not really found how to make the most of the website yet so I am not sure how helpful that is.

Anyway, I really have no desire to play rhythm sections and this program is great for strengthening my hands and teaching me skills to play lead pieces.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pjt on February 26, 2010
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At first I thought John McCarthy's exercises and strength training techniques for guitar were too rudimentary. But, I was fooled by it's simplicity. Mccarthy's training techniques are awesome and the way he shows you within his instruction is superb in comparison to any mainstream or well-known exercise videos or literature out there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Half-Man/Half-Weasel on July 17, 2011
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John McCarthy rules!!!
I wish these instructional DVDs were around when I was a kid. My hands are trashed from windsurfing and kite boarding so speed on the fret board suffers a lot. These exercises have really helped me loosen up and do other stuff than the same licks over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Kyle on October 29, 2013
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great workout routines for the hands a great tool for guitar players of any level. age, or experiance. rockhouse dvd's are great
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