Poll: Most Guitar Greats self taught?
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Self Taught
89 75%
Taught
54 45%
Voters: 119.
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#1
Hey UG,
My friend and I were having a dispute about whether most guitar greats were self taught or taught by a teacher as such. I said that most guitar greats with some of the most respected techniques were self taught, he said the opposite.
PS: feel free to state how you learnt to play guitar
#2
Mix of both.

There are great examples for both.

Lessons from a great teacher can't harm anyone.

If you can get some, get some.

What else is there to say, really?
#3
both, taught for 6 years and now 5 years on my own exploring different styles and teaching children myself.
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#4
Quote by Jackolas
Mix of both.

There are great examples for both.

Lessons from a great teacher can't harm anyone.

If you can get some, get some.

What else is there to say, really?


+1

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#8
does youtube count as a teacher????
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#9
I'm self-taught. Never had a lesson in my life, but I'd love to take a few. I'm sure my playing would improve a lot.
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#13
joe satriani taucht steve vai and kirk hammet and there both great but from what iv read about a lot of artists, they seem to teach themselves
#14
*votes for both and ruins everything*

Depends. Vai was taught, Clapton and Petrucci weren't to any great extent.
#15
Best to get a teacher to start you off so you can learn correct in te start rather than floundering about trying too hard, and so your technique is correct. Once you got those skills you can learn yourself
#16
Quote by Schnitzel_Man
I'm self-taught. Never had a lesson in my life, but I'd love to take a few. I'm sure my playing would improve a lot.


Me too. I play bass and i've never had a lesson. Would love to hav some tho, i'm sure it would really improve my technique. I think so long as you're dedicated to learning, you can progress well and discover your own style, but teachers help refine that.
#17
I have got guitar lessons, though the most of my techniques and skills were self developed ( long live the internet ! )
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#18
I had lessons at the start, but my teacher dumped me, after that i taught myself, i got bored of learning all the music theory anyway, id rarther just learn off artists i like by playing their songs and picking up on their mannerisms as guitarists.
#19
ahah yeh.... as for me I'm mainly self taught technique wise but i had a teacher which kicked me off
#20
Quote by webbtje
*votes for both and ruins everything*

Depends. Vai was taught, Clapton and Petrucci weren't to any great extent.


Petrucci went to Berklee, after self teaching meaning he's both.
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#22
i taught myself everything by books and the web. also i would love to take some lessons but they are just to expensive and in my town are only 1-2 teachers as far as i know. so i don`t even know if i would waste my money.
well, but i think nowadays it is much easier to teach it yourself then it was maybe 10-15 years ago. the web is a huge source for a lot of helpful things.

i also think that both techniques have their good and bad sides. teachers could limitate you and force you to do their style and learn their techniques.
#23
a teacher helps a hell of a lot with learning
ive got a mate whos played fr 4 years or so
ive played a year and a half and i have more musical knowledge than him
im also worse than him at playing but not by to much
which is weird considering he's played for 4 years
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#24
I was taught bass for 4 years and then I taught myself guitar but the bass theory helped with my guitar alot
#25
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Petrucci went to Berklee, after self teaching meaning he's both.


My bad. Probably a fair assumption he fairly knew what he was doing even before Berklee
#26
It depends on the person and the teacher. I think a mix of both is good though.
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#27
Quote by Anthony1991
I had lessons at the start, but my teacher dumped me, after that i taught myself, i got bored of learning all the music theory anyway, id rarther just learn off artists i like by playing their songs and picking up on their mannerisms as guitarists.


I've never known of a guitar teaching actually dropping a student (unless your at an academy or something). But yeah, I took lessons for one and a half years, and didn't really learn a lot. My teacher was a real classic rock guy and I'm more into progressive rock and metal, thrash and heavy metal and neo classical stuff. I too have picked up theory on my own and proper technique (not like in the 60's where it was a if people hadn't developed the pinky yet)

BTW, my name is also Anthony and I was born in 1991. You wouldn't be from Australia by any chance would you?
#28
Every single guitarist called great, even hendrix was taught. Maybe not by a teacher for the whole time, and they did discover things by themselves, but they all did learn from other guitarists showing them things, which I would count as being taught. Anyway, difference is, you learn much better and quicker if you learn with a teacher.
#29
Quote by Feel bad inc.
Every single guitarist called great, even hendrix was taught. Maybe not by a teacher for the whole time, and they did discover things by themselves, but they all did learn from other guitarists showing them things, which I would count as being taught. Anyway, difference is, you learn much better and quicker if you learn with a teacher.



If not a teacher, then just hanging around with other guitarists is a great help.
#30
Quote by estranged_g_n_r
It depends on the person and the teacher. I think a mix of both is good though.


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#31
Im pretty much self taught.
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#32
Quote by Feel bad inc.
Every single guitarist called great, even hendrix was taught. Maybe not by a teacher for the whole time, and they did discover things by themselves, but they all did learn from other guitarists showing them things, which I would count as being taught. Anyway, difference is, you learn much better and quicker if you learn with a teacher.


thats is a good point... I think the majority of guitarist would of learnt off watching and hanging around other guitarist... its was probably what you would call youtube today lol
#34
IMO if you're going to be a great guitarist it doesn't matter if you have lessons or not because you're only going to be great through a hell of a lot of dedication, meaning that even if you're struggling to learn you'll carry on learning whether it's with lessons or not.
#35
imo self teaching is win, because it's just you and your guitar. But if you teach yourself there will always be a few questions that only someone else can answer for you. So having a teacher is always a plus, yet not a necessity for succes.
#36
i taught myself but im looking on taking lessons to improve my style
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#37
Self-taught, I don't want to be told 'how' to play guitar. Sounds stubborn, but I prefer it if I wasn't pressured to do exams and learn songs.

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#39
You have to teach YOURSELF, thats how you become better than the OTHER ONES
#40
im taught on guitar and self taught on drums. i found after 10 years with drums i had bad technique and knew very little but the internet helps nowadays
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