Poll: Do you take Guitar Lessons?
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Yes
61 43%
No
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#1
I searched, and couldn't really find anything on this. Im sure there is something about it out there and I just missed it, but do you take Guitar lessons? And by lessons I mean one on one in person lessons not any online tutoring or anything. I used to but found they were just a waste of money. So do you take lessons and why or why not?
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#3
I take lessons, mostly because I can't read theory lessons off of this site; if someone doesn't explain it to me, face to face, there's no hope of me understanding it.
#4
I take a class in school, and private lessons outside school. I also have a music theory class but that's different, though I am sort of learning piano.

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I take lessons, mostly because I can't read theory lessons off of this site; if someone doesn't explain it to me, face to face, there's no hope of me understanding it.



Same here, the circle of fifths was so simple in my Music class and I was so confused by it on here.
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#5
I think lessons are probably good if you have a good teacher
but I'm not really that serious about it so I don't bother
#7
I took lessons once at one of the local music shops. I told them I played punk music so they gave me this guy who they said did punk stuff...but their definition of punk was not the same as mine. It was horrible he kept showing me things he made up that he thought were cool and it was just a nightmare. It did not have the guidance and structure I hope for...
#8
No sir, I did not.

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#9
I took lessons for two and half months from a local music shop. It was a waste of money.
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#10
do not, but am looking forward to having some with a friend. he is a legit teacher and we get along great
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#12
I'm pretty serious about guitar but I never took lessons. I've just never felt like calling a teacher, and I learned everything I know from online things like searching Google. I look back on it and I think it's quite amazing how tons of people can learn a lot without dropping a single cent on lessons. Most of guitar is creativity and practice in my opinion, but then again, I don't play a lot of intense stuff. I'm really more into the blues and that's all I really know how to play.
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#13
I have a private "class", one-on-one thing every Monday night for an hour by the local tech guy, who does pretty much all the sound tech in our town. He's also been playing guitar for 43 years, and built his own a couple years ago. It's not really a class as such anymore, seeing as he's taught me all the exercises already. It's kinda like, a teacher gives you the basics, which he has already done, then a mentor or tutor helps you fix or improve on them, which is what we do now. He's been a great help, and I would've quit guitar without that one hour every week. I've been there for a little over a year, and I think I'm going to leave soon to go off and do my own thing.
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#14
I took lessons for a year and a half. My instructor was really cool and would help me learn any song I wanted to learn along with teaching me basic theory stuff.
#15
Taking guitar lessons (or any kind of class, really) will teach you how to be a musician, not just a guitar player.
#17
I took a semester of beginning guitar. I didn't learn anything new, I just kind of played around in there.


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#18
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I took a semester of beginning guitar. I didn't learn anything new, I just kind of played around in there.


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#19
I said no, but if your count Guitar class in school lessons, then yea i take lessons.
#20
I think I'm going to keep doing lessons till I go to college, it seems weird doing lessons all 4 years of my playing (at the time I go to college it will be about 4 years I mean).
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#22
i took a couple of years of bass leassons and it helped me greatly. i had to quite because of college
#23
No, it's more because I don't like being told what to do. Instead I like to follow my interests and so forth. I practice a dramatic amount more when I do not take lessons.
#24
Heres an example of how I study a chapter of my uni work or whatever. I read bits and pieces and get the idea of what each section is saying. Then I put em together in my mind to make complete sense of it. So I prefer learning my way.

As with the guitar, I like to make little sound theories of my own and put em up against the traditional theories and create arguements. Which leads to a sonic exploration, so to speak. Best way of learning, I tell ya.
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#25
I didnt really wanna take lessons but my friend told me it helped him so i gave it a shot.

First lesson last tuesday after a year of playing and i already feel like i've improved alot, its definetly worth it at least with my teacher.
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#26
I'm grade 8 in both guitar and piano and I taught myself
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#27
I used to, but then I quit after realizing it was a huge waste of time and money.

I put down guitar for a year I was THAT discouraged, I picked it back up and havent't put it down since. Call it a ****ty teacher, but I hate lessons, guitar isn't really about playing something exact and getting marked on it, it's about letting your creativity go and adding your own flare to things.

So I used to take lessons, now I'm self taught (theory too).
#28
yes i do. i love them. it's so much eaiser than figuring out yourself
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#29
Yes, i taught myself for a while, and then when it was just starting to slow down, i started taking lessons...

Oh, and btw, some of you seem ashamed of taking lessons, and feel the need to make excuses for doing so... so i ask you... wtf?
#30
I started out taking lessons to get a general direction to shoot from, but with all the information in books and online, I coulden't justify paying anymore.

All I learned from lessons is that if you want to get good you have to practice.
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#31
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Oh, and btw, some of you seem ashamed of taking lessons, and feel the need to make excuses for doing so... so i ask you... wtf?


yeah there's no shame in taking lessons. i wish i had cos i didn't start using my pinky until i was playing for a year
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#32
No, but I feel like I should.
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#33
No, and I wouldn't even consider taking them.

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#35
Yeah. I have the best teacher on the planet. Been taking lessons for four years give or take.
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#36
i never had lessons and im a terrible player, but even if its because of that, i wouldn't consider taking lessons, i like learning by myself
#37
I'm entirely self taught, almost 2 1/2 years.

Although I should start looking for a good teacher, I don't suck or anything but a good teacher could indeed help me learn a lot, I'm sure.
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#40
Yes, since I study at a conservatory for jazz.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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