Bleeding hands, guitar tricks and nervous system shredding

John Wood, Founder of Rageheart

by John Wood

When I first started playing the guitar at 12 years old, I learned scales.

The Pentatonic scale.

The Major scale.

The Minor.

All kinds of scales.

But I didn’t just learn them once and then move onto something else… I drilled them over and over (and over) again until my fingers bled and I wanted to bang my head against the wall (not in the good way 🤦‍♂️).

To give you an idea of just how repetitive it was…

I’d set a metronome to a painfully slow pace and play through a scale. I’d start at the first fret and work my way up the entire fretboard and back down again.

Enjoying the fruits of my metronome practice 🎸

Then I’d shift the scale up by 1 semitone and do it all over again.

Every few run throughs, I’d increase the metronome a couple beats, always striving to master a given tempo before increasing it.

And if I made a mistake, I’d go back to the beginning and start over.

How long did it take?

I did it for hours every single day for a good chunk of my teenage years.

Was it repetitive?


Did it feel “slow”?

Yeah, you could say that.

Was it boring?

What do you think… 🙄

Here’s the thing though:

While it sucked at the time, now that I can shred and riff and solo like Slash in Guns n’ Roses, do you think I’m glad I put in the time to study and learn the scales?

Hell yes – absolutely NO question.

That’s how we learn.

That’s how we master something.

That’s how we make music.

Anyone who has a shred of common sense knows this for a fact… even if they can’t be bothered to actually apply it.

And yet…

Did you know that one of the most common (and only complaints) I get from Rageheart customers is that it “moves too slow” and is “quite repetitive”?



I know.

I designed it that way because it’s the best way to learn 🤷‍♂️

Do you think you could pick up a guitar for the first time and shred like Slash within a week?

If Elton John gave you a piano lesson, would you complain that it’s “too slow and repetitive” if he gave you scales to practice?

If Adele gave you singing lessons and told you to sing a given melody for an hour a day for 3 weeks straight, would you tell her “it’s too repetitive”?


Then why would you expect to be “shredding” with your nervous system 1 week after signing up to Rageheart?

Why would you be upset about Rageheart being slow and repetitive just like scales on the guitar or piano are repetitive?

That’s insane.

The question you need to ask yourself is…

Do you actually want to learn, heal and balance out your nervous system?

Or do you just want to be entertained for an hour or two?

If you want something fast, easy and entertaining, go watch Netflix, play video games or read the latest self-help book.

On the other hand, if you’re serious about regulating your nervous system, disarming the fight-or-flight response and unleashing the beast inside you, approach it like I approached the guitar:

Be open to it being slow, repetitive and uncomfortable – just like scales.

I guarantee you that it won’t always be easy, fast or fun… but it will get you shredding with your nervous system (and unleashing the beast inside you).

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Already a member and feeling the impulse to unleash that beast inside you? Hit the “Sign In” link on that page and get raging…


John Wood

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