#1
I consider myself a competant guitar player. I had a free lessons to start off, but for the majority of my time playing I've been teaching myself. I've never done grades, I guess I just don't give a shit about them, but I know some theory (modes, chords, key sigs, intervals etc), and I'm always learning new stuff.

Anyway, my music teacher at school was talking about keeping on music as a gcse subject. She told me I don't need grades, but the music department insists on pupils getting tuition either inside school or out, it's a neccessity.

I live in Northern Ireland, and I'm pretty sure there's no Joe Satrianis nearby willing to teach (Even though I am Steve Vai :p. The problem I'm worried about is maybe the lack of skill of the teachers nearby, alot of them are only strictly Irish traditional, and that's not what I want to learn, as I'm mainly into shred and metal.

I'm also thinking of getting a teacher just so they can teach me theory, as there's tonnes of technique information on the net and one these forums, the shred forum in particular.

So, how should I go about this?
#2
The problem I'm worried about is maybe the lack of skill of the teachers nearby, alot of them are only strictly Irish traditional, and that's not what I want to learn, as I'm mainly into shred and metal.


Oddly enough, I've been playing shred lately, and I'm looking to get into Irish traditional music.
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#3
It's not really in the true spirit of musical arts to try and specialise to metal and shred (two of the lowest forms of music). I'm sure you could find a teacher that will teach you theory without a genre bias. Then you can specialise, but explore your options.

I dunno what gcse is, I'm from Canada.
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#4
^Thanks, it's like the exams you do when your about age 16 that determine your future pretty much.

EDIT: BTW, I disagree that metal and shred are two of the lowest forms of music, especally shred. Have you ever listened to Steve Vai's "Tender Surrender"? Tell me that's a low form of music. Everyone has a taste, and myabe those two genres aren't your favourite, but I love them.
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^Thanks, it's like the exams you do when your about age 16 that determine your future pretty much.

EDIT: BTW, I disagree that metal and shred are two of the lowest forms of music, especally shred. Have you ever listened to Steve Vai's "Tender Surrender"? Tell me that's a low form of music. Everyone has a taste, and myabe those two genres aren't your favourite, but I love them.


Wow, determine your future at 16? The worst we've got over here is a grade 10 literacy test.

I can't stand metal, and I've been known to be a dick about it Most people over-react, but you just disagree and provided your own arguments
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#6
I love metal and shred, in fact those are the main musics i listen to.

However in order to be a competant player, you have to learn all types of music, or if not all, most.

Learning other genres of music will help your metal and shred playing anyway, the more you play the more you'll realize that all music is similiar in some way.
#7
yeah i know about those gcse things, we had some german foreign exchange students this year in our school who talked about their school system and how they take a test in like 8th grade that places them into 1 of 4 schools or something

and yes, shred and metal are probably some of the most complex music genres out there, IMO, only bested by jazz, hell, just check out the band 'theory in practice' their name says it all...

but yes what ouchies said learning all genres is good, ive been playing a lot of classical lately, and my soloing has increased immensly
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It's not really in the true spirit of musical arts to try and specialise to metal and shred (two of the lowest forms of music). I'm sure you could find a teacher that will teach you theory without a genre bias. Then you can specialise, but explore your options.

I dunno what gcse is, I'm from Canada.


Who are you to say Metal and shred are the two lowest forms of music? You obviously aren't a fan of the genres, but that doesn't mean they are the lowest forms of music. I don't like blues or jazz that much, but I still apprechiate them.