#1
Heya UG,

Been playing guitar about 11 months now and been with this teacher from day one, he is certainly a blues man, (like really lame blues) and I'm more of a Dire Straits, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix etc man. Hes got me on this "Nothin But Blues" CD and it bores me to death attempting to pick the key and do 12 bar blues i just cant "feel blues", I've been secretly teaching myself tabs i like Money For Nothing, Thunderstruck, Purple Haze, Ruby etc and having more fun with it and generally loving guitar from that part. Just wondering what you guys would do, I've heard people say you must "connect with your teacher"and i just don't, any advice????

Thanks in advance Noakesy
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Tell him what you want to learn

You're the one paying him
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#3
change or point out u dont like what he teaches, me and my teacher both like similr music, im into heavier stuff but he caters for that aswell, i have become good as with my teacher sowe talk abo musi all the tim so he knows what he can teach me
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Heya UG,

Been playing guitar about 11 months now and been with this teacher from day one, he is certainly a blues man, (like really lame blues) and I'm more of a Dire Straits, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix etc man. Hes got me on this "Nothin But Blues" CD and it bores me to death attempting to pick the key and do 12 bar blues i just cant "feel blues", I've been secretly teaching myself tabs i like Money For Nothing, Thunderstruck, Purple Haze, Ruby etc and having more fun with it and generally loving guitar from that part. Just wondering what you guys would do, I've heard people say you must "connect with your teacher"and i just don't, any advice????

Thanks in advance Noakesy

Those are the exact same people that the likes of the Stones, Hendrix and AC/DC got their inspiration from, and the best way to understand somebody's music is to first understand their influences.

12 bar blues is arguably the best place to start when learning lead guitar and improvisation as it's what most modern rock playing is based on. However, with blues you need to work hard on your phrasing and listen to chord changes for maximum efffect, but at the same time it's quite easy to do as it's fairly structured so chord changes are easy to spot. With more complex music and can be harder to work out what's going on, particularly when you're just starting out with playing lead.

Your teacher knows best.
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#6
When I was taking lessons I had an excellent teacher and he was really into the blues. I think the blues makes a solid foundation for any type of rock you want to play. But if it is really boring you, I'd find someone who is more into the kind of music you are. No point in paying good money learning songs you don't want to play.
#7
Don't forget that a teacher isn't there to teach you songs, he's there to teach you how to play the guitar. He's not going to care if you learn stuff on your own, that's the whole point of him teaching you, isn't it?

If all you could play was the stuff he taught you that would imply that he'd taught you nothing and that you needed spoonfeeding constantly...the very fact that you are learning stuff for yourself is because he's given you the means to do so.
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