#1
Despite my UG name I have only been playing guitar for about 1 year (almost exactly) and have been basically self taught, with assistance from my cousin and UG lessons. Although I like saying im self taught im not sure if I have gotten all I could have out of my year. I can play bits and pieces of songs and I am pretty decent with rythm guitar as well as basic music theory. What I am having trouble with is mostly soloing. I can play a decent amout of Dont Fear the Reaper's solo but that is pretty much it. I have also been trying to create my own riffs and solos but they all sound lame. What I am contemplating is whether or not I should start taking lessons or if I should just keep practicing on my own until I learn to play solos. I would appreciate suggestions on wether or not I should get lessons.
#3
eh
i have lessons and im alright
and i have friends who are self and gods, do what you feel will help
#4
Quote by ttreat31
Get lessons if you can afford them. Seriously. They will help you.


Yep. The earlier you can start getting lessons, the better...
#5
I say go for lessons if you can. Some of the things I've learnt at lessons have helped me SO much.
#6
Not really, I think you should take lessons if you feel you can Learn well of others easily, But if you cant Self taughts the way to go.
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#7
Get some lessons from someone who is experienced, and not just some random guy who can play good.
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#8
first ask yourself... "why do i play guitar?" if the answer is... "i don't know," get lessons.
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#9
lessons = win

I didn't get lessons, I'm excellent, but once again I'm the exception that proves the rule

e-cookie to whoever gets the reference

In all seriousness, I'd be 100x the player I am now if I had lessons
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#10
GuitarGod_92 isn't a guitar god? your username is so misleading!
#11
teach yourself scales, or get a teacher to. learn the basic pentatonic ones first, then experiment with them over some simple backing tracks. it helped me lots.
#12
If you want to get lessons, get them, but don't get lessons if you really don't want to.
I was in the same situation as you, I was completely self taught, but with persistance I am moving on, I can now do my own solo's, use all different picking techniques, learn new songs fairly quickly and play a fair bit of stuff, so if you don't wish to have lessons, persistance is the way to go. Just do whatever feels right.
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#13
I have two teachers. Both of them have made me excel far beyond whatever I would be now without them.
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Thanks for the advice. I'm going to put it, along with your other advice, into a book, the pages of which I will then use to wipe my ass.
#14
Quote by Rokeman
teach yourself scales, or get a teacher to. learn the basic pentatonic ones first, then experiment with them over some simple backing tracks. it helped me lots.

Dude, your avatar looks like he is maturbating a guitar.
#15
Heres what I did:

I took lessons for a little bit; learned the basics. How to read music and tabs, play chords, play notes, timing, etc. After that, I just taught myself. Teachers really do help; I would reccomend getting one for atleast a short period of time to learn the basics and then after that when you want to learn something new just think "if I had a teacher, what would the teacher do?" and do that.

You can find free lessons on YouTube or the internet if you need help.
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#16
Quote by 100%guitarmad
Dude, your avatar looks like he is maturbating a guitar.


i'd never thought of it that way before..... also i randomly found that pic on my computer...


looks like i need a new one now!
#17
By the way I did take lessons a few yrs ago for a few months but never really spent time learning guitar like I am doing now. However I do remember most of the stuff I learned back then.
#18
Lessons can't hurt. I took lessons for quite a while from the only convenient teacher, and it helped me tremendously. At least try it out for a few weeks. Then, if you don't feel like your teacher is helping you, there's no shame in moving on.
#19
I'm 100% self taught. That been said, I know people who have been playing for as long as I have (2 years) and can play alot better than me because they take lessons.
#20
I'd get lessons, I think the worst problem with this is that I worry I piss off my teacher. So I'll often say "yeah I get it" when I don't. Just remember that a teacher teaches to teach, they're ready for some frustration.
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#21
Teacher's are good for starting out, so you can build up from proper technique.

There are plenty of extremely skilled self-taught musicians like Gene Hoglan (awesome drummer) and Steve Harris (bass god)
#22
Quote by Rhythm__Guitar
I'm 100% self taught. That been said, I know people who have been playing for as long as I have (2 years) and can play alot better than me because they take lessons.

and that is why they call you rhythm guitar
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