gsplsngr
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Join date: Dec 2010
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#1
I have been playing 3yrs 6 mo. I have learned primarily from youtube videos by Marty Schwarts and YGS. My gear is pretty basic. Epiphone Les Paul Special II and Acoustic G35FX. What should I tell the wife to get me for Christmas gear or guitar lessons. I am starting to hit a wall. I play all kinds of genres of music, basically anything that is not beyond my ability but want to concentrate on Worship Music, ie Isreal Houghton, Planet Shakers, Jesus Culture Tye Tribbett. Budget of $400
Robbgnarly
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Join date: Feb 2011
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#2
How should I know I'm self taught and have played for 20years. Tell her to buy you some real one on one lessons with a good guitar teacher
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Dave_Mc
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Join date: Mar 2005
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#3
if you're hitting a wall that's normally a sign that lessons might be helpful. I'm self-taught too, but I had lessons on other instruments.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

MESAexplorer
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Join date: May 2006
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#4
Lessons helped my playing greatly, correcting a lot of mistakes, and teaching me new ways to play/practice.

Getting a new guitar inspired me to play a lot more each day. New gear always gets me excited to play.

Either choice is going to be beneficial to your playing. I would say lessons will offer more in the long run though.
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stormin1155
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Join date: Apr 2008
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#5
Lessons will improve your playing FAR more than any gear you could get. I know... it's not as much fun, in fact it is more like work, but regardless of your skill level, working with a teacher can be a big help. I've been playing for over 40 years... every couple of years I'll take lessons from a good teacher for a few months, and every time it has helped me break through to a different level of playing.
dropb81
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Join date: Dec 2012
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#6
There are good and bad teachers, also good and bad gear. Some teachers will teach you covers of songs... others will teach you how to write your own by teaching theory, scales, chord progressions etc.. If you go with lessons, make sure you know what you want, and that the teacher is capable of teaching it to you. Stay away from group lessons. just my 2 cents.
dannyalcatraz
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#9
$400 can buy a lot of good teaching.
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jpnyc
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Join date: Nov 2009
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#10
Not much point getting a new guitar if you aren’t happy with where your playing is going.
hansome21
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#11
Quote by Dave_Mc
if you're hitting a wall that's normally a sign that lessons might be helpful. I'm self-taught too, but I had lessons on other instruments.



Always so helpful, what an idiot you are.
Blompcube
Join date: Aug 2006
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#12
Quote by hansome21
Always so helpful, what an idiot you are.

And posting to just call someone an idiot is helpful?

TS, i think unless you think your gear is holding you back (for example if you just don't like playing the guitar you have), lessons will probably be more beneficial to you at the moment.
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dannyalcatraz
Black Cherry Jello
Join date: Dec 2008
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#13
Quote by hansome21
Always so helpful, what an idiot you are.

Why so negative?

Speaking as one who plays multiple instruments, some lessons learned on other instruments translate quite well to others.

Hell- I know a guy who has a masters in Jazz who has applied the lessons he's learned in other instruments to maybe another 4 he simply picked up...one of which happens to be the guitar. And that has become his primary instrument on his albums.
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Dave_Mc
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Join date: Mar 2005
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#14
Quote by dropb81
There are good and bad teachers, also good and bad gear. Some teachers will teach you covers of songs... others will teach you how to write your own by teaching theory, scales, chord progressions etc.. If you go with lessons, make sure you know what you want, and that the teacher is capable of teaching it to you. Stay away from group lessons. just my 2 cents.


That's a very good point.

And as MesaExplorer says, sometimes new gear can inspire you to play more, too, so it's not really black and white. Especially if your gear is holding you back, as Blompcube says.

Quote by hansome21
Always so helpful, what an idiot you are.


You're right, I aspire to one day be as helpful as you. That's the dream, though I will probably never get there.

EDIT: Ah i figured it was you. He had a problem with advice I was giving in a thread in musician talk ( https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1619950 ). He claimed that thumb over the neck was "crappy bending technnique" and then when called on that claimed he never said it or that we were misreading his posts.

So I suppose he figured the helpful, mature thing to do was to follow me into other threads to abuse me there, too. Keep it classy.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

Last edited by Dave_Mc at Oct 19, 2013,