#1
I don't know if I should get a guitar teacher. So far, I've learned purely through my own determination, knowledge of music theory and the wonderful lessons on this site. I've surpassed a few of my friends who do have teachers.

The only advantage I see is having someone to answer your question which this forum already does for me. I don't want to have a set guitar practice schedule. I normally practice an hour a day anyways.
#2
A teacher will spot your bad habits and help correct them.
It's hard to be your own biggest critic, so pay someone else to do it.
#4
I had a teacher and all they do is waste your time if you know the theory although they are useful for teaching advanced techniques. Also i found it easier to learn by watching and then doing. But they do cost a lot of money.
#5
Quote by mon_the_fraser
I had a teacher and all they do is waste your time if you know the theory although they are useful for teaching advanced techniques. Also i found it easier to learn by watching and then doing. But they do cost a lot of money.


Can't you use this/other forum for theory and YouTube videos for watching?
#6
Quote by mon_the_fraser
I had a teacher and all they do is waste your time if you know the theory although they are useful for teaching advanced techniques. Also i found it easier to learn by watching and then doing. But they do cost a lot of money.



Wait, what?

If you're learning a style like classical guitar, you will definitely need a teacher if you want to even consider being a decent classical guitarist, without one to correct your flaws, even the barely noticeable ones, you will be criticized to no end in the classical guitar world.
#7
Teachers are deffinatly good for spotting bad habits.
It's easier to watch somebody else play something first before you learn it, because you can go back and ask questions about certain things.
You'll most likely catch onto things faster than you do now.
They help with different styles of music. (Blues, classical, jazz ect.)
You said you already know theory, but they're also good for any theory questions you have.

Pretty much, you'll need a good teacher in order to see any progress with anything.
IMO anyways.
#8
You will learn faster and more comprehensively with a good teacher. Your own drive and determination will be supplemented and supported by a good teacher: drive isn't a perfect substitute for a teacher.

Guitar has several traditions of play. Why re-invent the wheel when you can learn the traditions quickly? The faster you understand the techniques of guitarists who went before you, the faster you will be able to develop your own style, just like in literature, theatre or any other form of art.
#9
I usually do a few months of teacher taught lessons then do a period of self teaching.

Assuming you get a good one, it's amazing the stuff that you don't have to muddle through just by asking why you struggle with a certain technique or phrase. The two responses I'll get will typically be either:

"Whoa, why are you doing that? Try this instead."

or

"You'll pretty much have to suck it up and practice more to make it sound better / faster."

The key thing is that a teacher can tell the difference between which path to take.
#10
1- If anything, the embarassment of not being ready for a lesson will drive you to practice every single night if you aren't already driven enough to practice for your own sake.
2- You will be forced to play some songs and genre that you would not think to try otherwise.
3- You'll learn a couple new techniques here and there in addition to picking up some new tips on playing songs.
4- You will be forced to learn some theory. It will be unavoidable with a guitar teacher.
#11
Quote by eminentgonz
1- If anything, the embarassment of not being ready for a lesson will drive you to practice every single night if you aren't already driven enough to practice for your own sake.


Heh, QFT
#12
A teacher is good when you first start for about 3-5 months (Depending on the teacher). My teacher taught me for about 3 months and then once I mocked up my playing I taught myself.
#13
everything they said pretty much, and they help alot learning techniques and can help you with songs and stuff, and give you good practice routines.
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#14
They are good to get you going and they help you learn faster, in some respects. The annoying thing is that when you have a teacher, they help you stay on track and to prevent mistakes, but surely you learn from your mistakes to make yourself a better player. Also you develop your own technique from learning by yourself, whereas with a teacher, they sort of TELL you how to play.
#15
Teachers are good im some ways... i got had a teacher for the first yet but then i started learning by myself. Now im in a band and i go have lessons with my bass players teacher who teaches guitar and its great cos we learn the same song together. You need to find the right teacher for yourself that you will enjoy your lessons with. You might not find that teachers straight away remember so try different ones out.