#1
When you start taking private lessons.. you're all stoked about them.. then when it comes down to it.. a couple lessons in.. it feels like homework to practice? ugh.. theory and scales and all that, i mean..

Am i alone on this matter or has anyone else experienced the same thing?
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#2
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When you start taking private lessons.. you're all stoked about them.. then when it comes down to it.. a couple lessons in.. it feels like homework to practice? ugh.. theory and scales and all that, i mean..

Am i alone on this matter or has anyone else experienced the same thing?



you are alone.

now stop being a bitch and go do your homewo- i mean music
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#3
I did briefly, but then I remembered that it was good for my musical skills so I stuck with it. And it was worth it. Nothing worth obtaining is easy to get my friend.
#4
Why don't you learn songs you like among that? Then you get the best of both worlds. Having fun playing stuff you want to, and learning theory.
#5
studying music is part pleasure, part work

like almost everything else?
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#6
I'm an architect, I love my job, but it never stops being that, a job. It's fun and everything but it's always my job.

Learning music is like that, part fun and something you love and part a job, like learning anything.
#7
I actually enjoy all the scale and theory work I get given. Its interesting.
#8
Well,
I started having lessons and it has made my playing much better and i havent had much theory.
If i never started lessons then the best riff i could play would still be the infamous:
0--3--5---0--3--6-5--0--3--5--3--0
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#9
I dunno.. It feels like homework I guess. But then I get to my leson and it's like talking to a friend and your teacher should be there to help you with anything.
And it always feels great when I'm at a lesson and really playing everything well and I show my some-what of a idol what I can really do.
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#10
No. If you're not enjoying what you're currently, take the initiative and next time you go to your lesson bring something with you, you would like to learn. Is the teacher goingt o stop teaching you what you need to know just to learn a random song? Probably not, but it'll at least make technique practise more interesting.
#11
i get what you mean...... except i was getting lessons from my band director back in 8th grade.... and he was a d-bag guitar player that was stuck in the Van-Halen era.... and thats all he wanted to use to teach me....

so...... i quit taking lessons. that was............... 4 years ago.... and ive taught myself everything i know since.
#12
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I actually enjoy all the scale and theory work I get given. Its interesting.


I'm the same way--because at some point how it all relates clicks internally and its as though I've suddenly solved a huge mystery that's now all so clear. One week my teacher had me going through what most people would consider endless ii - V - I progressions and suddenly, I could hear that progression in songs and matching bass lines to them became easy.

I do think Bales idea of learn some theory and a song is a good idea. If theory is a drag for you it balances it all out. I had a really great teacher at one point who actually did the best of both worlds: taught you a technique / theory and then matched a really good song that you liked to that lesson.
#13
I always balance "homework" with a song/songs which use that technique or theory I want the students to learn- though students sometimes found my song choice "lame". I also try to make time each lesson for students to show me a song or lick that they want me to teach them. Each instructor's difference, but I think having actual songs to practice with is important.
#14
just imagine your on a stage and that's your bassline, and you can't mess up or your ravenous fans will be sad.
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