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  posted on 6/12/2013 at 10:53 AM
From time to time, but not regularly, I do go see my guitar teacher who has a studio nearby and brush up on my technique and to just play with another guitarist. If I want to play a certain song, I book a lesson and go and we figure it out by listening to the recording.
Anyone else use this method as opposed to online video lessons and learning by tabs?

 

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  posted on 6/12/2013 at 12:28 PM
My son sits for an hour a week.

he just turned 14 and his playing has escalated at a rapid pace since he started at this new studio

He also plays in the studio's 'rock band'

they meet for two hours every saturday, learn a new song or two until they get a setlist of about 6-7 songs then they play live at various venues in the area.

he is constantly figuring out new songs.

His first teacher told us that its work until he reaches 13-14 then it clicks and its fun.
Sure as $hit that happened

 

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  posted on 6/12/2013 at 12:46 PM
I started taking my first paying lessons since high school at the beginning of the year (I'm 44). Guy is good and I pay $25 per half hour which normally is closer to 35-40 minutes. I've learned some theory and regular scales + pentatonic scales. I can do some basic soloing and I'm on to some finger picking now. Part of the value is having someone who have to be accountable to with a lesson on the horizon, and he has provided good practice drills to do at home. It's nice to have someone watch me play and give tips about my hand positioning etc.

It has worth every penny!

 

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  posted on 6/12/2013 at 12:59 PM
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I started taking my first paying lessons since high school at the beginning of the year (I'm 44). Guy is good and I pay $25 per half hour which normally is closer to 35-40 minutes. I've learned some theory and regular scales + pentatonic scales. I can do some basic soloing and I'm on to some finger picking now. Part of the value is having someone who have to be accountable to with a lesson on the horizon, and he has provided good practice drills to do at home. It's nice to have someone watch me play and give tips about my hand positioning etc.

It has worth every penny!


People who think they can get as much out of just watching a video as opposed to having someone to ask questions to and get answers is lying to themselves. There's no replacement for 1 on 1 interaction. Mind you Videos are great for someone who already has good skills and can watch and already understand what is going on. Recently I learned "Slip away" from a video but it still would have been nice to ask a few questions and get some answers

 

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  posted on 6/13/2013 at 12:45 AM
I still teach off and on depending on my time and mood. The old fashion way works for sure especially having the ability to ask questions. I have trouble with charging though as I enjoy playing and as Tim mentions, it is not cheap. Glad you feel that you are getting your money's worth. It is the going rate but the trouble is the student's skill level and learning ability. Beginners pick up little as opposed to some with some knowledge and skill already.

But I will admit that the internet is an endless supply of free lessons and lots of information that I wish I had as a kid. For those that may not be able to afford the personal experience, there are plenty of options now.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2013 at 01:22 PM
I started taking weekly lessons a little over 4 years ago, at the age of 28, having done nothing much more than screw around on a guitar before that time.

With my work schedule, the learning curve was much steeper than I expected (I played trombone in my school band until I graduated high school, but that didn't give me much of a leg up at all). But, I keep plugging and plugging and slowly but surely it's coming along, and all the frustration vanishes whenever I truly get the handle on something new and make sweet music.

For me, the weekly lessons are vital. I don't want to embarrass myself when I show up every week, so it gives me the kick in the ass needed to make sure I practice and practice seriously.

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  posted on 6/13/2013 at 02:48 PM
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I still teach off and on depending on my time and mood. The old fashion way works for sure especially having the ability to ask questions. I have trouble with charging though as I enjoy playing and as Tim mentions, it is not cheap. Glad you feel that you are getting your money's worth. It is the going rate but the trouble is the student's skill level and learning ability. Beginners pick up little as opposed to some with some knowledge and skill already.

But I will admit that the internet is an endless supply of free lessons and lots of information that I wish I had as a kid. For those that may not be able to afford the personal experience, there are plenty of options now.


Wow, I could have written that word for word... Although I have seen some major advancement with beginners with no previous knowledge or skill... however, they are in the minority.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2013 at 08:51 PM
definitely. Some just improve at a stunning rate. You can usually tell right away if someone will be a person to excel or if they will quit soon after starting. If the fingers don't look tortured at first trying to form a chord then all is good.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2013 at 09:32 PM
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definitely. Some just improve at a stunning rate. You can usually tell right away if someone will be a person to excel or if they will quit soon after starting. If the fingers don't look tortured at first trying to form a chord then all is good.


Yep....I can tell if a student will stick to it within the first 20 minutes. Some are overly excited some just too hesitant. I have an 11 year old girl right now who's learning to read, scales, 12 bar blues in E playing the melody from "up to the country". She's even teaching herself to notate. She can follow the chord changes and write a chord chart. It's fun to have students who really want to learn. I had a 7 year old boy that just picked up everything so easily. His dad got a job in Washington State and he moved away. The last I heard he stopped taking lessons. It made me very sad because this kid had talent deluxe

 

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  posted on 6/13/2013 at 11:41 PM
When I was a young kid, I wanted to play so bad. My older brother bought me a guitar and my parents sent me for lessons. The guy didn't teach me a thing and always left the room and would come back 15 minutes later. But because the school had a good reputation my parents thought it was me making it up and not trying.

I quit the lessons and taught myself by ear and watching anyone that I could. Proved that it was a bad teacher who ripped us off. I never forgot that and it is why I get guilty giving the kids only an hour. Especially if the parents seem a little broke.

By the time I was a teen you couldn't get me to put it down and then my parents wished I had given up. In the end they were proud and enjoyed my playing even if the music wasn't their thing. My Mom came to a show once and we had about 1500 people there. She was shocked. When she told Dad, I think he thought we slipped something in her drink. I was about 17 at the time and a long haired parents nightmare. When she saw that I was actually accomplishing something that people liked, she got it. When Dad saw some actual money I made then he got it. HaHa.

About 20 years ago, I had a kid like you mention. He would work so hard between lessons and it showed. His talent seemed to double weekly. Years later he was working as a session guy and doing very well. Moved to LA and I lost track but he is/was good. I remember him saving up to buy a Les Paul because I had one.

 

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