#1
i've been playing guitar since i was a little kid. i'm not amazing but i'm far from an amatuer. i started taking lessons about 2 months back to bone up on my bag of tricks since i'm primarily self taught.

anyways, my guitar instructor is a little bit older then me and is the best guitarist i've met. my lessons end up being nothing really but us talking about metal bands and discussing our favorite shredders. he of course writes out about a page full of licks each lesson cuz i did go there to learn something. every now and then we jam out to a chord progression and take turnes soloing. there's been moments where he's had to stop and say DUDE, so i guess i'm doing something right. i like jamming with the guy and we have very similar tastes in music and i'd like to start a band with him. would it be a no no to ask my teacher to start a band? we're both about the same age and i know he looks forwards to my lessons.

what do you guys think?
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#2
if you are the same age, then do it.. but if not the EXACT same age.. no..
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#3
he is probably too good to want to start a band with you. just being honest. but instead of saying, do you want to start a band lulz. ask him if he wants to chill sometime. and let it go from there... let the magic happen.
#4
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if you are the same age, then do it.. but if not the EXACT same age.. no..

i'm 21 and he's 24. so is that a no?
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#5
huh. well maybe man. idk thats kinda a toughy
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Quote by tona_107
he is probably too good to want to start a band with you. just being honest. but instead of saying, do you want to start a band lulz. ask him if he wants to chill sometime. and let it go from there... let the magic happen.

oh i dunno dude
he's told me my rythym chops are better than his

but his leads destroy mine's

so i think that's like a perfect union

like tipton and downing

ya know?
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#7
For some reason while reading I got the vibe you wanted to do more than start a band with him. <_<
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For some reason while reading I got the vibe you wanted to do more than start a band with him. <_<

no no no no no

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#9
if you both enjoy making music together then yes
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Quote by tona_107
he is probably too good to want to start a band with you. just being honest. but instead of saying, do you want to start a band lulz. ask him if he wants to chill sometime. and let it go from there... let the magic happen.


my experience, friends first who just like to jam, bandmates second. :-)
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For some reason while reading I got the vibe you wanted to do more than start a band with him. <_<


lol.

but seriously if you have to ask if its a good idea, its probably not.
#13
Quote by emkaybee
For some reason while reading I got the vibe you wanted to do more than start a band with him. <_<

haha yea me too
but yea man go for it if you think he feels the same tell him how you feel.....then ya know do the whole band thing.
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#15
He probably doesn't want to start bands with his students. You are not his only student, and if he is extremely helpful and friendly and complimenting all the time, its because he does that to all of his students so he can keep them. Remember this - he has dozens of students. He is not in dozens of bands.
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#16
I dont think its a huge deal if your a little younger than him. Im sixteen and in a band with three people over 20 but youd never guess by the way we get along. I do think that you have to be a little careful when approaching this. I agree with the person that said hang out first and let the magic happen. Stuff will fall into place eventually.
#17
I see no problem with asking the guy, you're near enough the same age, you're obviously into the same stuff and he already seems more of a jamming partner than teacher.

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I dont think its a huge deal if your a little younger than him.

Agreed.
The whole age thing is purely image related, if you're not too bothered about image, it hardly matters if there is an age difference because it's the music that matters.
I know plenty of older guys who have, or have had, younger guys in their band simply because they are outstanding musicians.
Look at it this way, when putting a band together, the most important attribute you're looking for in a fellow musician would be how well you can get along with them, then musical ability, then there's what else that person can bring to a band, maybe they have a PA system or a van, then there's musical taste, idealy you want someone with similar, but not exact, musical tastes to yourself (which can kinda be age related since people of a similar age are more likely to have similar musical tastes) and lastly age.
With each attribute that you demand of a band member, the harder it is to find someone who fits all the attributes, so the question of age should really only arise if you find yourself in the position of having to chose between two or more people for a position in your band
If they both fit all the attributes equaly well, but one is from a much different age group from your own, then it's probably best to go for the guy who is nearer your own age group.
But how many of us ever find ourselves in that position? It's usualy a case of taking whoever is available.
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#18
I was thinking about asking my instructor the same thing, as we have all the same tastes in music, yet he's a little over 20 years older than me, I'm 21.
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#19
Look at All That Remains. One of the guitarists was the others student. That band is hella good and shizz, maybe you and your teach can end up like that.
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Look at All That Remains. One of the guitarists was the others student. That band is hella good and shizz, maybe you and your teach can end up like that.


Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers was the same way. Mike Campbell, their lead guitarist, was Petty's teacher when they were still in Mudcrutch.