Beginner - Lessons or Teach Self?

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  1. ilenz

    ilenz New Member

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    Suggestion or advice on whether I should take guitar lessons or just learn it on my own? :rock:

    lenz
  2. Pol

    Pol Stuck on the M1 <img src="images/smilies/shakehead Staff Member Super Mod

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    Personally i got a simple chord book and learned some of the easier chords before i ever took a lesson. Even then i didn't take many, but see how you get on with the basic chords before you spend money on lessons / tuition
  3. Jo-

    Jo- Soopa Doopa

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    You can never go wrong with lessons. I've been playing for over 20 years and never had a lesson. I have my first lesson this Saturday.

    If you can afford them, go have a good teacher show you some stuff before you pick up some really bad habits.

    Jo
  4. foodanwine

    foodanwine New Member

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    i suggest both. Go hav lessons and try to learn new things by yourself! works for me!
  5. rosse

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    lpjones2 New Member

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    Been playing for 20 years myself... wish I learned the right way through lessons... now I'm unlearning and learning all at the same time...

    Get lessons and dedicate yourself to learning by yourself too... there's no substitute for passion, and dedication...
  7. strat

    strat New Member

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    Do both,but I think you'll learn a lot faster with the help of some one else
    If you can afford it.. Good Luck
    :cool:
  8. Pol

    Pol Stuck on the M1 <img src="images/smilies/shakehead Staff Member Super Mod

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    Every guitar player has his/her own style...i don't actually think there's a right and wrong way to play. Look at someone like Jeff Healy who plays with the guitar in his lap !. People say not to wrap your thumb around the neck because it's not the 'correct' thing to do but just look at fantastic players like Eric Clapton or Gary Moore who do just that and still sound amazing. Bottom line is just do things in whatever way is easiest for you. Good luck !
  9. tricky83

    tricky83 New Member

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    I'd definitely have lessons, but try and go for one with a good reputation, a bad teacher won't do you any good. Anyone can pick up a guitar and have a strum, learn a few chords but to be good you need advice and guidance.
  10. jai

    jai New Member

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    If you've never played before and can afford lessons, go for it. I ended up teaching myself since I had a good bit of spare time in college. That said, if I were to find a teacher right now, I'd want one that could "gauge" where I am in terms of skill/technique and teach based on what I already learned on my own. I figure there's always a way to improve my playing, I just don't have the energy to take lessons :)
  11. Move

    Move New Member

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    I take lessons and learn how to play on my own! It's a good mixture!
  12. dizzon

    dizzon New Member

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    lessons will help you learn faster
  13. Mudd_Masher

    Mudd_Masher New Member

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    Bit of both cant be bad
  14. linkinparkee

    linkinparkee New Member

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    theres times i wonfer if i should take lessons...ive been playing self taught for about three years...and ive learned so much, and can pretty much play anything i look at...and when i pulled off my first metallica solo...i was shocked just as much as anyone who heard it.
    But lessons couldnt hurt either.
  15. akamarco

    akamarco New Member

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    is trying to teach yerself still okay tho?
  16. JonneyGee

    JonneyGee New Member

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    I've been playing self-taught for about 2 years, and started guitar lessons this semester as part of my music degree. Even though I can play a lot of stuff from learning on my own, there's definitely a lot that I've learned already and some technical things that I've learned that help me play better. It really all depends on your goals for yourself. If you just want to learn to play for fun or to mess around on guitar, then just teach yourself. But if you want to make a career out of music, or even play with a band, I'd suggest lessons for sure.
  17. saxmidiman

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    Being a guitar teacher, get lessons and learn a lot on your own. You'll get a lot of technical expertise from your teacher, and still play the songs you like. A good teacher will help chart out how to get to the goals you want to achieve, and do it in a way that you can relate to. But don't rely on your teacher to get to your goals. You have to have a bit of self motivation as well. Your teacher will always encourage you to do as much playing as possible.

    Speaking from experience, I have relearned my guitar technique 3 times. Improper technique hindered my ability to go forward. It worked out in the end, but I have no doubt I would be a much better musician if I would have had a good instructor from day one.:hit:
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    Just on the subject of learning - if you were to decide to go it alone, would you recommend learning all the scales? I've been playing for 2 years and know a good few chords. If I hear a song I need to see the tab before I can attempt it. A friend of mine told me that after a while you start to hear chords and solos and know them straight away. I'm still waiting for that to happen!!
  19. Palmeiro

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    Its always cooler to say "yeah, i taught myself how to play"
  20. wombatjelly

    wombatjelly New Member

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    I started guitar when I was about 9. I taught myself to play up until I was 13. I then got a tutor, which rapidly improved my playing. Now I'm doing music at university, and looking back on it from this side now, I think maybe having a tutor from the beginning might've been a good idea

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