Poll: Lessons or Self taught?
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Lessons
69 33%
Self Taught
137 67%
Voters: 206.
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#1
I was just wondering how many of you actually had lessons. I once tried to teach my self but it didn't work out because I couldn't really find any good books or anything... So I got lessons. If you are self taught how did you do it?
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#2
I took lessons for 5 years and I'm a good guitar player but I don't know shit about theory...
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#3
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I took lessons for 5 years and I'm a good guitar player but I don't know shit about theory...

Yeah that is pretty much how it is for me except I've only had lessons for ~2.5 years..
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#4
I did lessons, quit, then my guitar player friend taught me most of what i know.


I play bass by the way
#5
I had lessons for a year and a half. They helped a lot, but I quit taking them because the teacher didn't know what else to teach me... he wasn't really into theory O_o
#6
i took about 3 lessons when i 1st started. but apart from that ive been self taught.. what i done was sat and learn al the easy stuff like blink 182 and greenday ect (that was preffered style of music back then anyway).
#8
ive taken lessons for the majority of my time playing guitar, but i recently stopped going because i cant afford it anymore. im gonna go self taught for a while and maybe if i can afford it again i'll go back
#9
I learned for 9 months on my own.
Went to classes for one year. Stopped going.

But my teacher was awful. Basically, he wouldn't teach theory, wouldn't fix bad habits... He would simply teach songs. So I picked self taught since I teach myself all what I know.
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#10
I hate lessons. Really.

They take away the entire aspect of having your own sound and technique. But you'll have to teach yourself theory, that's the only downside. And most teachers are stuck up classical player who think if you can't finger an E#m9 on your first day, you're a lost cause.

I voted self taught.
#11
I learned techniques and all that stuff on my own, I just started going to lessons and my teacher thought I knew what I was doing so far so we've just been doing theory, analyzing songs and improv.

The lessons helped me improve 100 times faster than I would've without them
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#12
i took band in middle school, so i learned a lot of theory, and in seventh grade, i picked up a guitar and started playing chords, then hopped on the web and learned everything else by reading around. i've never had a guitar lesson in my life, and i would consider myself a skilled player.
#13
95% self taught. Self taught from the beginning, had some lessons for two months at some time but I stopped.
#14
all self taught so far
i just umm....play songs to get better
and i take the occasional theory lesson on the internet
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#15
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I hate lessons. Really.

They take away the entire aspect of having your own sound and technique. But you'll have to teach yourself theory, that's the only downside. And most teachers are stuck up classical player who think if you can't finger an E#m9 on your first day, you're a lost cause.

I voted self taught.

Heh my teacher is not like that at all. He is real nice. He is into metal and he knows a lot about theory since he went to college for it.
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#16
I took one months worth of lessons afer playing for 1 1/2 years. I prefer teaching myself.
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#17
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i took band in middle school, so i learned a lot of theory, and in seventh grade, i picked up a guitar and started playing chords, then hopped on the web and learned everything else by reading around. i've never had a guitar lesson in my life, and i would consider myself a skilled player.

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#18
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I hate lessons. Really.

They take away the entire aspect of having your own sound and technique. But you'll have to teach yourself theory, that's the only downside. And most teachers are stuck up classical player who think if you can't finger an E#m9 on your first day, you're a lost cause.

I voted self taught.



my teacher is awesome and only teach you what you want to know. and he knows alot of theory. he is also a very good jazz player

if you never played a musical instrument then defiantly take lessons
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#19
taught on classical guitar and jazz drums..self taught on electric and rock drums as well as bass and piano. all i found was it takes longer to learn things yourself and there are more holes in your knowledge (but this was before the internet took off). All this lessons take away your sound or identity is bull****e
#20
Self-taught for all 2 years I've been playing. I know some theory and am studying jazz theory right now. Theory 2 isn't until spring semester, so I've got some time to dig into my jazz studies before having to go back to the old restrictive rules they use for us theory noobs in school... Of course, my personal compositions are another story
Anyway, I got away with it because I had a good idea of the goals for my playing. My goals have changed over time, but I'm pretty good about working towards those goals and I found some good resources for teaching myself at first (way past the beginner books by now though).
Bassoon is a different story, though. I've been taking lessons 5 of the 7 years I've been playing.
#21
I probably should start reading a large book I got on guitar and learn chords however I am 100% Self Taught on guitar, drums, keys, and vocals...and recording since thats a skill in itself....IMO
#22
I've taken lessons for 2 years. My first teacher taught me a lot of different things like theory, sight reading, improv and quite a bit more. my new teacher is a jazz guy so i'm learning about shell voicings, sight reading and improv. my first teacher was great. I only stopped going to him because he taught me everything he knew(his words)
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#23
I self taught how to play for like 4 months, then once I was relatively an okay player I started lessons for theory and stuff.
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#24
imo, the only way you're self taught is if you were shut in your basement at the age of 2 with nothing but a guitar. that's an extreme example of course, but what i mean is that if you're coming on ug or reading music books and looking up the tabs to every song you play, i wouldn't really consider that 'self-taught'. just....book taught. i guess my definition of it isn't very solid, and i suppose you are teaching yourself, but the term just doesn't seem appropriate to me.

i played without a teacher for the first couple years. i picked stuff up from friends, anybody around who could play, tabs, books, etc. when i was at a fairly decent level, my parents were convinced i was dedicated enough and decided to pay for my lessons. i'm happy with the way i did it, that way i knew that i was truly into playing, and i didn't jump into lessons straight away and always have that kind of 'forced' thing behind it.


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#26
Taught myself rock and metal but I got lessons for jazz (more theory based than instrumental based). I'm not taking lessons at the moment but I will be going studying jazz full on in college.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#27
99.9999% self taught that other .0000001% was lessons that I didn't learn much but how to read tabs (which isn't that hard) and how to play power chords. Otherwise I taught myself ever other technique...
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#28
When I was 10, my mom's friend gave me a free one sesssion guitar lesson. Learned the chords E and A.

Then I bought a guitar, searched guitar lessons online. Weirdly, UG was one of the results. Clicked on it, clicked the lessons, and studied. Now I'm such an awesome guitarist.

CAN IMPROVISE AND CAN DO TAPPING AND OTHER STUFF.

Self-taught FTW!
#29
I am self taught for a year, i'm not bad but not as good as i would like to be.
I am signing up for lessons within about a week though
#30
I have been taking lessons for about 2 years but the first year of playing was just me baby
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#31
Self Taught.
Unless you have a great teacher, then you may develop habits that he/she has. My buddy took lessons at Long n Mcquade. The teacher there was just awful though and my buddy's form wasn't very good, as a result of following the instructors suggestion. However, most teachers know what they are doing. Just my two cents.
#32
Took lessons for a year but got fed up and went out to kick aS* on my own
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#33
I taught myself a few chords, got a teacher who taught me all about scales and using chord shapes and how to work out songs, and then quit guitar lessons due to year 12 at school. Now i just teach myself songs... but i voted lessons on the poll.
#34
Took lessons for about a year, been self teaching myself for around 2 more. Thinking into getting back into lessons.
#36
I've never had a lesson in my life.
I basically brought a chord book, found a song I wanted to learn and pow.
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#38
i was taught how to play a bad version of Smoke On the Water, apart from that it's all self taught.
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#40
i take my Highschool lessons but nothing outside of school. It seems to me that people with lessons tend to have a better knowledge of theory, but the self taughters have there own unique rythm
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