Poll: Self Taught of Lessons?
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Taught Myself
45 43%
Had a teach or intstructor
14 13%
Have done both
45 43%
Voters: 104.
#1
Im just wondering what most of you guys have done to get where you are with a guitar. As for me, im trying to learn by myself with help from UG lessons and cyberfret, but i think i will do better off with a real teacher.
#2
If you seem to progress well on your own and have decent sources go for it. I did that for a year and a half, but once I got a teacher I shot out of the water and stuff, so getting a teacher is a good way to go until you get bored doing that.
#4
Chances are you'll do better with a teacher. Of course, unless you're 12, you won't have the time to take constant lessons.
#5
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Chances are you'll do better with a teacher. Of course, unless you're 12, you won't have the time to take constant lessons.



I find it really easy to take weekly lessons at the age of 17...
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#6
Chances are you'll do better with a teacher. Of course, unless you're 12, you won't have the time to take constant lessons.

im 16 and i have the time to, but i dont, because i cant afford it.
I do have a teacher though, and it definetly helps. they're good because they point out bad habits, and can help explain things you dont understand.

Edit:if he meant weekly than i do get weekly lessons, although ive got the time to get lessons once every day.
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#7
teacher all the way, mine is amazing
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i've learnt more over the last few months than i have in my whole 3 years of playing
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#8
If you have the apptitude and know how you learn and work, then you may have a shot at it by yourself. I have been plugging away for almost a year now and being in college too, and it is working out alright. But then again going my own way I probably learned some bad habbits.
#10
I meant for people who actually have a part time job or whatever, you won't have time. I've got college, and a part time job, so I haven't the time.

If you're a kid, which alot of people here are, you're fine.
#11
i've been playin guitar for 3 months and I learned everything I know on ultimate guitar
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#12
I am 23 work full time and go to college full time and still take lessions, 1 hr/wk. I am also enguaged... not time?!? Lessons will get you there faster and teach you a lot of the "classical" techniques.
#13
I really liked developing my own style for everything, and learning it all my own way. I've had people tell me I do this or that wrong, but thus far its worked really well for me.
#14
I read TG's interview with Mark Tremonti (Creed & Alter-Bridge), in that he said that learning yourself helps you to develop your own style, which really is something if you plan on going big!
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#15
up until now ive been taking lessons but i think im goin to stop in about a month because i feel that i should start experimenting on my own more... but i think that lessons are great for some stuff but for other stuff you need to experiment on your own
#16
I was self taught for 3 years, but took a years worth of lessons just for technical parts of the gig. But prior to this I played Piano for 10 years, so theory was already complete for me, which a LOT of people have troubles with.
#17
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I was self taught for 3 years, but took a years worth of lessons just for technical parts of the gig. But prior to this I played Piano for 10 years, so theory was already complete for me, which a LOT of people have troubles with.


True that. I'm entirely self-taught, and I am struggling with theory. I may ask my friends to help me, but won't consult a teacher. See, the main reason for this is that the teachers here (PK) are extremely dumb, in terms of theory. There are only a few good one's, and they ask for lots of money. However, if you can find a good teacher, who you connect with (very important), then get lessons!
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#18
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True that. I'm entirely self-taught, and I am struggling with theory. I may ask my friends to help me, but won't consult a teacher. See, the main reason for this is that the teachers here (PK) are extremely dumb, in terms of theory. There are only a few good one's, and they ask for lots of money. However, if you can find a good teacher, who you connect with (very important), then get lessons!


I think finding a young-ish teacher is vital to anyones success. If you have some old fella breathing down your neck, preaching of the good ol' days when Coke was 5 cents, bashing your generation, then no, you'll be closed minded and generally, ****ed. Find a young teacher with paralleled tastes in music, and you're golden.
#19
If you have a good guitar teacher he/she can help you progress faster but a bad guitar teacher can hold you back. I take lessons once a week and have a great guitar teacher and in between lessons I will teach myself some stuff.
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#20
i think most people just do self-taught cuz either time or money

like i have
i learned how to strum real well cuz of being self-taught (i have rhythm and just have been able to go alot faster)
but i suck at individual picking
i guess i might need more practice

but i feel like a teacher would help
cuz i guy i know helped me fix my problem playing the d chord
cuz i thought iw as blocking the finger, but i was simply too close to the fret and didnt notice
so i feel like teachers can help u catch ur flaws alot easier
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#21
I've played bass for 8 months. I'm quite happy teaching myself like i've been doing.
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#22
Playing with a teacher will be much more benefitial than teaching yourself. Even if its just playing with someone more advanced than yourself, you'll progress faster that way than if youre just sitting in a room by yourself with a guitar.
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#23
Self taught using lessons on UG for the win anyone?
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#24
I primarily take lessons. My guitar teacher teaches me jazz and a lot of theory to go with it. Along with practicing that, i also take what he teaches me and apply it to my own stuff, creating my own ideas and building off of that. I feel that this is the best way to make most out of lessons
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#25
I've taken lessons for maybe a year and a half, and taught myself the rest of the time. Only been playing for two years. I found I made so much more progress with a teacher.
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#26
I'd get lessons first in case you have questions.

Either than that, technique you can do yourself because of YouTube and other jazz.
I mean the guy on Youtube that became famous for his rendition of Canon Rock taught himself for 6 years.
#27
People should be self taught for a few years, if you really love guitar get lessons.
I have (a) long reason(s) why, but I won't type em up.
#28
I had a teacher for the first year and couple months until my guitar teachers dad died. They were also family friends so when that happened I stopped with lessons. Since then, which was about a year and a half ago now, I have been self taught. I dont think I need lessons because Im in the jazz band and Im still learning there and I do all my work here. But for getting started, get a teacher.

However, Id really like to take theory lessons in the upcoming year so that I can expand my knowledge.
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#29
I have mostly taught myself. I had 3 1/2 hour lessons. The most important thing I learned from the instructor was the major/minor pentatonic scale. My playing took a quantum leap forward once I learned how to see the scale up and down the fretboard. But as far as finger placement, picking and other skills, pretty much taught myself, using tablature, and whatever online tutorials I could find. I would definately go for lessons again, if I could find a resonable price in my area. I'm sure I have alot of habbits that limit my playing.

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#30
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I think finding a young-ish teacher is vital to anyones success. If you have some old fella breathing down your neck, preaching of the good ol' days when Coke was 5 cents, bashing your generation, then no, you'll be closed minded and generally, ****ed. Find a young teacher with paralleled tastes in music, and you're golden.


That isn't always true. My teacher is a pretty old guy but he's a good teacher. I can pick whatever songs I like and he helps me on theory a lot. And he also likes bands like Led Zeppelin and such so that's cool.
#31
i am self-taught but sometimes i wish i had a teacher.

if you teach yourself to play often times it's a lot harder and longer journey. you can also form a lot of bad habbits that make playing stuff down the road a lot harder than it should be.

i taught my self how to play for a few years and pretty much hit my peak on how good i got. once i started playing in bands and with other people, i got better so quick it was scary. i thinkn playing with other people is very important to growth. another good thing is to pay attentionto what you're playing. if you're covering a song then listen to all the subtleties and the finesse of the guitar player and try and learn something from it
#32
In the first few months to a year of playing, a teacher and regular lessons will speed you on your way to establishing a good technique. However, after a year you may wish to take time to experiment on your own. Then in future, if you feel your progression has slowed down, you could take up lessons again, possibly specialised ones like jazz or folk.
#33
self taught for a while, had a guitar teacher for a handful of lessons then quit guitar altogether... a good teacher could have saved me from that fate.

took it up again many years later, made tons of mistakes being self taught, then learned from books, etc.

so i would say if you can afford it, get a real teacher... but a QUALIFIED one.

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