#1
I've been taking lessons for probably around 5 months. We've been working alot on theory stuff, but I'm bored with it. I'm a very unconfident person and I always feel like I can't play anything right. I want to ask him if we can work on songs and maybe if he could make it so I sound better, like make sure I start to play good and gain confidence. It seems like everyone I listen to can play better than me and it's frustrating. I know it's not a contest, but I use other's playing as a standard to see how well I can play. Anyways, would it be ok to ask him or do you think he would laugh at me?
#2
I'd say that you keep believing that you sound terrible. You'll keep working harder and harder to achieve a standard of perfection that doesn't exist and sound great to everyone else. Meanwhile, you'll just be pissed off constantly.
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exactly do whatever the hell u want......
#5
I'd think that if you were unconfident with your playing, music theory would be what you would want to get good at, so that you can understand why everything works. But I think your teacher would understand.
#6
Theory is important later on, so if you know it from the beginning, once you develop speed and coordination you could be pretty awesome. But you're the one paying the bill, I assume or at least your parents, so you should be getting what you want out of it. Just don't have any delusions that asking him to stop teaching theory is going to make your skills explode all of a sudden. I would probably try and get a mix of the two, theory and technique, for the best results and consistent growth as a player.
#7
I have the same self confidence issue. I think I suck compared to most people around me but I'm always told that I'm way better.
As far as theory it's definitely a good thing to learn but if your not interested right now don't bother. Learn it when your ready because you'll retain it better.
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#8
Just ask him to teach you the songs first, and then explain the theory behind it later.

Example: Here is "x" song, you learn it. Now after learning it you really like how the artist does "this." "What exactly is going on there," you ask. He replies, "This is where a key change takes place." You ask him what that is, he explains the theory behind keys and what constitutes a key change, etc. I find that learning all the theory at the start either turns you into a musicologoist or turns you off of music (in most cases anyway). Music is supposed to be fun, you'll develop and interest in theory as time goes on, just learn some awesome tunes for now.
#9
and if he laughs at u, then he's a dick, and u shouldnt be taking lessons from him in the first place
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#10
well I think I've learned a lot of good theory stuff and I know it's important but here's what I've learned: diatonic chords, caged system for scales and chords, secondary dominants, non-diatonic stuff, and other theory type stuff. plus I'm taking theory as an elective next year in school. I just kinda want to get away from theory for a little bit.
#11
You need balance. Theory is really important to know, but you have to develop your playing skills as well.
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#12
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You need balance. Theory is really important to know, but you have to develop your playing skills as well.

that's what I was gonna tell him to balance it out
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I've been taking lessons for probably around 5 months. We've been working alot on theory stuff, but I'm bored with it. I'm a very unconfident person and I always feel like I can't play anything right. I want to ask him if we can work on songs and maybe if he could make it so I sound better, like make sure I start to play good and gain confidence. It seems like everyone I listen to can play better than me and it's frustrating. I know it's not a contest, but I use other's playing as a standard to see how well I can play. Anyways, would it be ok to ask him or do you think he would laugh at me?



I know how you feel, I had exactly the same problem with my tutor & have the same confidence problems. Nothing wrong with learning theory, but it's no good if you can't put it into practice. I had (still have!!) a load of problems with plectrum grip & muting strings when soloing, & all the theory in the world isn't gonna help me with that if I never get to practice & learn what I'm doing wrong. So what did I do? I wimped out, made some kinda weak excuse about being busy at work & am now looking for another tutor!! But at £20 per hour, that's my decision............