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Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by Antstrat, Feb 13, 2020 at 5:45 PM.

  1. ryunker

    ryunker Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes, book is very good method book.
     
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    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    Inquire about the instructor, when I took some lessons I made it clear I was into classic rock and blues , and had a good instructor, close to my age so we could relate, I didn’t want some kid dressed like kiss
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    the kids don’t dress like kiss these days. I’m not sure they even know who kiss is.
     
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    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    No disrespect to kiss , I’m just saying get someone you can relate to.
     
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  5. Antstrat

    Antstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    I appreciate your input and help :)
     
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    duzie Senior Stratmaster

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    I have been taking lessons from GC for the last six weeks. I met the first guy and told him what I wanted to accomplish and he said I can’t do that you need to talk to Brian. So I met Brian and we have been at it for the last six weeks. Very happy with how I am learning and what he is teaching me.
    Be up front and tell them what you want.
    Oh and I’m driving 35 minutes for a 30 min lesson
     
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  8. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    I took lessons at Sam Ash... Same sort of thing. The good part is the hours are flexible, the gear works, resources are deep and there is a pool of instructors. Among the many things you will not get with online lessons are those sessions where you just learned something and are able to apply it in a jam with the instructor. That gives you a different sense of accomplishment.
     
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    Just cuz it's GC don't mean squat. If he's a good match for you, that's good. If not, you'll know soon enough. But I gotta agree with Fezz. You're hiring him. You should get a chance to meet him ahead of time. I'd try to catch up with him before starting
    Really happy you're taking these steps..no $#!+
     
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    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ask them if they lesson plan.

    Ask if it is theory-based, meaning you will learn theory as you learn to play better.

    Make sure they instructor is fluent enough in what you want to do musically.
     
  11. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    If you do use SA or GC be sure to take a bunch of GAS-X before going in.
     
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    I took lessons at guitar center for a couple of months. I told my instructor I would be quitting in a month. He said fine, he would tell the girl that scheduled the lessons. Well, about two or three weeks after my last lesson, I got a letter in the mail saying that as far as they were concerned, I still owed them for lessons because I didn’t inform them in writing that I was quitting.

    I called them up and said I wasn’t going to pay it and that I had informed the instructor a month ahead of dropping out. They turned me over to collections. Joke was on them however, as they spent money on an attorney to recoup $168 dollars, which they never got. Just be aware that these lesson factories have some shady business practices. And be sure that you notify them in writing and send it registered mail to them when you quit. The gal I talked to was a real ***** about it too.
     
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  13. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    SA is pay ahead. You get like a debit card. And you get discounts on everything else in the store.
     
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    If the instructor gets what you're wanting to do...then dressing like KISS or Taylor Swift shouldn't matter. LOL
     
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    $140 for 4 30 minute lessons and a one time $30 reg fee. Is that reasonable? I have no clue. Still going to go down in person tomorrow and get some info and see how it works.
     
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    I understand what you mean about being your own worst critic. I'm the same way.
    What I meant (and should have said) is ~ you need someone to critique your playing technique.

    I'll give you an example from my life.
    I had a guitar teacher who would listen closely to how I played. On one occasion I was working on bending notes. I was unaware that my bends were not on target. He was able to hear that, and help me correct it.

    Many other examples of my instructor pointing out flaws that needed correcting.
    It wasn't a discouraging or demeaning critique, just honest feedback.
    You won't get that online.

    I'm not saying you can't use online lessons. They are of course helpful.
    But sitting across from someone who holds you accountable.... that's invaluable.
     
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    Really depends on where it gets you to.
     
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    Honestly I don't know what fair rates are these days. It's been forever since I took formal lessons.
    I'm sure GC is taking their chunk (rightfully so), but that is slightly more than a dollar per minute.

    Is it worth it?
    That depends on the instructor.
    For a buck a minute, he better not be making small talk. Lol
     
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  19. Thunderhopkins8

    Thunderhopkins8 Senior Stratmaster

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    I’d say go for it. If the first instructor doesn’t work out, I’m sure they’ll have others to choose from. It’s very important to find a good teacher who can explain things very well. And for the record, just because someone is a great player, doesn’t mean they’re going to be a good teacher. If they can’t explain, for example, why a chord is called a Minor 7th for example, if they say to make this chord do this, but don’t know what it’s called, then I’d find someone else.
     
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    Kids these days, with their kiss makeup and costumes. It's out of control I tell ya
     
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