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Had my first guitar Lesson!

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by Miller67, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Miller67

    Miller67 Strat-Talker

    Sep 1, 2016
    After around 2yrs of playing I found that youtube could only take me so far so took the plunge!

    Nothing beats asking questions and having instant answers and then follow up questions.

    I also learnt how to play some 'easier chords' to replace harder ones which has meant I havr been able to play songs that I've wanted to play for ages.

    Looking forward to my next lesson in 6 weeks time so that I can really embed what I've learnt and then extend myself further.
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  2. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Good for you. Glad you had a great lesson.
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  3. JamesE

    JamesE Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 30, 2018
    Hamburg, Germany
    You are absolutely right! Nothing beats having a one-to-one teacher you can connect with. Make it regular, and make sure the teacher gives you homework!
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  4. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island

  5. Miller67

    Miller67 Strat-Talker

    Sep 1, 2016
    I recorded some practice videos and licks. It was very very handy. I even asked the guy to re-record one video because he used thumb over bar chords and I knew this would confuse me when I watch back later.

    I will go back again in a few months. I do not practice enough to merit having lessons weekly.

  6. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    Congratulations - seek and ye shall find .
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  7. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Atta Buddy! Way to take it to the next level. Fun sutff.
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  8. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    Do yourself a huge favor. Practice more.
    I learned what I could on my own for a while. A few months back I started taking "real" lessons weekly. It's helped me 10 fold. Enjoy
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  9. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 21, 2015
    If you have a desire to learn & respect your instructor taking lessons is a great mechanism for accountability and that accountability leads to faster growth.

    You may want to consider shortening the time between lessons to every two or maybe three weeks. There's should be a multiplier in your learning because of personal momentum.

    Good luck, have fun and work hard at it
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  10. Miller67

    Miller67 Strat-Talker

    Sep 1, 2016
    Thanks for the advice guys.

  11. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 17, 2017
    Here, there, everywhere....
    Great to hear Miller. I'm happy its paying off for you and so looking forward to the next lesson.

  12. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Lewisville, TX
    Congrats, although six weeks between lessons is about 5 weeks too much in my opinion.
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  13. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Good for you!!

    When I started playing acoustic, I got 4 "free" lessons with the guitar.

    Also taught them for a different store for a while, and it was weekly.

    Wish more of my students had your enthusiasm and dedication!! Never had anyone ask me to make a recording for them.
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  14. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Strat-O-Master

    Jan 5, 2017
    Almost heaven

  15. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I need to do that.

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  16. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 18, 2017
    The Heartland

  17. Miller67

    Miller67 Strat-Talker

    Sep 1, 2016
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  18. Eardoc

    Eardoc Strat-Talker

    Jan 29, 2017
    New York
    Good for you. I take a 1/2 hour lesson each week. Its incredible how fast the time goes but the techniques i learn are worth it. These lessons work out the kinks. My professor helps me unlearn bad habits and the most important thing i've learned is to slow down. Really focus on making things sound right before you ramp up the speed.
    I'm glad the lesson worked out for you.

  19. radd

    radd Strat-O-Master

    Jun 2, 2016
    Santa cruz
    Good for you taking lessons, I sure enjoy mine.

    I started lessons again after not having any for about 25 yrs. 1/2 hr every week. Right now it really is basic music theory that I’m so weak on, building chords and triads all over the neck and triad substitutions for different chords. After a couple months we are still not working on any songs, just theory and that is ok for I’m learning songs as usual on YouTube but the difference now is that I have a better idea of how the songs are structured and I have fun substituting completely different chord and triad voicings.

    I must admit even after playing guitar for decades it takes me longer than it ever use to to completely grasp a new concept for my synapses don’t fire as fast as they once did. It is ok, my teacher is very patient.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2018

  20. Dougeryb

    Dougeryb Strat-Talker

    Apr 18, 2017
    Congrats! A very wise investment!

    Sax lessons were beyond helpful. My first guitar teacher was not... he enjoyed the sound of his own voice and guitar so much, I spent about 3/4 of the class listening to him brag, and 1/4 of it me learning.

    Finding a good guitar teacher was a rather peculiar journey in a "Karate Kid" sort of way. I found the "Cobra Kai" school of guitar right off the bat!

    "Sweep the leg!"