#1
hey guys, i recently signed up for guitar lessons, ive been playing a about 6 months and im really lacking with the book work that comes with playing guitar ( theory ) I was wondering how do guitar lessons work? do they just teach you the whole time, or do they give you a bunch of homework to practice or what? thanks.
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#2
He'll show you scales, chords and songs as well as where the notes are on the fretboard.

He'll give you the things to study.

They're only half an hour so they don't really have enough time to cram too much stuff.
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#3
yes they do!
if he or she is a decent teacher they will go over things that the book might not explain clearly or teach you how to play songs etc, they might give you "homework" to practice what you learnt or were doing that lesson but thats usually about it
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He'll show you scales, chords and songs as well as where the notes are on the fretboard.

He'll give you the things to study.

They're only half an hour so they don't really have enough time to cram too much stuff.


Not to mention he'll charge you an arm and a leg and teach you marry had a little lamb for quite a while
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Not to mention he'll charge you an arm and a leg and teach you marry had a little lamb for quite a while


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My first guitar instructor taught me Nirvana on my first lesson.
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#6
if he's good then he'll probably ask you to show him what you can do the 1st lesson
once he get's a good feel for where you're at then he'll start teaching you scales, chords, etc.
basically whatever you ask him/her about
unless you're 12 in which case have fun playing twinkle, twinkle

I usually just end up jamming at my lessons these days haha

edit: and you will probably get homework/a practice routine assigned
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#7
Overpriced and underworked. Go buy a theory book at Barnes & Noble - there's one called theory for the contemporary guitarist that's really good - has quizzes and everything in it. Reliable info can be found in books and with a little extra work, can save you a ton of cash and time.
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Beg to differ.
My first guitar instructor taught me Nirvana on my first lesson.


If all you're going to lessons for is to have someone teach you how to play songs, why not just take the time to figure it out on your own and develope your ear, which is invaluable anyway?
#9
Ask musicians who the best guitarists/teachers are in your area. Get lessons from these guitarists who will actually give you your money's worth. Getting lessons at a guitar shop is usually a waste of time and money.

Edit: Forgot to mention, don't get lessons from some rock guitarist in some band. Try and get lessons from a guitarist who plays classical or jazz guitar. If you learn those styles well, you can play any rock music, whether it's GNR, Nirvana, Metallica; it'll all be easy for you.
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#10
It really depends on the teacher. He'll most likely cover everything from basic excercises to scales, chords, theory, etc. If you're lucky, you'll get a guitar teacher that makes you think because if you have to think on your own, you'll develop your own opinions about various scales, modes, cords or whatever. You'll be able to understand what you're playing rather than just blindly playing. You haven't been playing for too long, so let me say this. Accept any challenges you're faced with, and rise to beat the challenge. Don't ever take the easy way out with it. You will hit ruts, but don't let that phase you, Carry on!
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#11
complete waste of money.

unless you are inept and cannot read simple theory books/articles there is NO reason to get a teacher for it.

if you do end up getting a teacher, make sure it isnt a worthless one. my friend is adamant about getting a teacher, so far hes tried 5 diff ones, and was better than all of them.

he clearly told him what he knew, what he wanted to learn etc...and still they lied etc, and turned out to suck.
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#12
A good teacher is well worth it. I took lessons for about 5 months and I had an excellent teacher who taught me to think for myself and forced me to understand what I was doing besides playing notes.
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A good teacher is well worth it. I took lessons for about 5 months and I had an excellent teacher who taught me to think for myself and forced me to understand what I was doing besides playing notes.



you needed a teacher to make you think for yourself ?

in the end it is yOUR decision whether or not you want to understand the songs you play. its simple theory, it just take time.

I dont know why anyone would need a teacher for that.
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you needed a teacher to make you think for yourself ?

in the end it is yOUR decision whether or not you want to understand the songs you play. its simple theory, it just take time.

I dont know why anyone would need a teacher for that
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Because having an experienced musician who knows what they are doing is incredibly useful. You can engage with them on a first hand basis and they provide a dynamic learning environment. You can ask them questions and they can show you how to play the way YOU want to play.
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He'll show you scales, chords and songs as well as where the notes are on the fretboard.

He'll give you the things to study.

They're only half an hour so they don't really have enough time to cram too much stuff.


or she man. Keep an open mind.
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#16
Haha, all those people going "Buy books, etc. less ons are stupid"


So absolutely wrong, if y0ou have a good teacher they are very helpful.


These days my lessons go like this, we jam for 15 min, he teaches me more theory, practice that, and then the lesson ends
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Haha, all those people going "Buy books, etc. less ons are stupid"


So absolutely wrong, if y0ou have a good teacher they are very helpful.


These days my lessons go like this, we jam for 15 min, he teaches me more theory, practice that, and then the lesson ends


Exactly.

A book cant teach you like an actual person.

Plus its more fun.
#18
basically i opted to go for lessons because i dont want to read books, im more of a visual person, and i cant learn a lot from reading.
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#19
Teaches you scales chords and useful warm up excercises. My teacher also do some backlights so i can practise solos which is extremly useful in finding when to you what and how it fight with the background music.
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#20
Quote by Teh GIR
Haha, all those people going "Buy books, etc. less ons are stupid"


So absolutely wrong, if y0ou have a good teacher they are very helpful.


These days my lessons go like this, we jam for 15 min, he teaches me more theory, practice that, and then the lesson ends


Different things work better for different people. Thinking that everyone only learns best one way is not only stupid, but ignorant as well. You can do it either way, this asked for opinion and experiences, and that's what it got. Calm down man - there's more than one way.
#21
Way too short. By the time I sit down, i'm already out the door...


Yes, my teacher is a good teacher

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