Took a lesson yesterday.

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  1. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Dude zeroed in on my weak spots in 2 seconds.

    It was quite humiliating. I felt like a total beginner.

    On one hand, I'm not sure its the right approach but, on the other hand, what have I got to lose?

    On one hand I'm just a hobbyist, on the other hand this guy is really really good and hopefully will be able to impart some ability that sticks.

    We shall see, I guess.
     
  2. telepraise

    telepraise Strat-O-Master

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    Hey, lessons are about learning and improving, right? I'd say you're lucky to have such a resource close by. Sounds like a good way to get out of a rut.
     
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    A good player never stops learning, even if they are considered to have guitar "mastered".

    Kinda like needing advice when axing a slacker keys player, there is always something new to learn about the music world.
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    That's great
    I ain't good but I'd suck alot worse if it wasn't for lessons
     
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    nifnof70 Strat-Talker

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    Lessons are on my bucket list.

    I'd like to find a teacher who understands when one has been playing for 30 years and can point out a few areas of improvement. Look on the bright side: if you are able to make a few adjustments and learn a few things along the way it's gotta be a good thing!
     
  6. Groovey

    Groovey Dr. Stratster

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    That's awesome! Looks like you found the right guy.
     
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  7. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Well I confirmed today that I had a bit of stage fright/deer in the headlights moment yesterday.

    I was able to do some of things today that I couldnt do yesterday in the lesson. So at least I know it was nervousness that tanked me so hard.

    Not that I dont have a lot of room for improvement.
     
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    didger Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I had a similar experience recently. A local music instructional business advertised for a new guitar teacher. I looked at their social media, saw kids playing classic rock, and thought, "yeah, I got this no problem." Did a Zoom interview with the owner who said he wasn't a great guitarist. We had a fun chat for a while, then he started quizzing me about pretty advanced theory stuff and he did all these shredder-style exercises. On the theory side, I definitely froze a bit in the moment as I wasn't prepared for that. He could see though that I understood stuff even though I didn't respond well. But I definitely have never done the sorts of fretboard exercises he can rip through. I thought I wasn't going to get the job, but I did. And now I get to learn a lot while teaching it. :p
     
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    Can't find my teacher(been looking)
    He sort of disappeared March 2020
    I think he is too young and fit to be a COVID victim...
     
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    Another pair of experienced eyes and ears in the same room with you will always help you get where you want to go.
     
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    I love lessons. My teacher and I are good friends. When I've got more time and free $$$ (ha ha ha!) I'm going to take some more periodically.
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Platinum Supporting Member

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    Congrats. I am of the school of thought that 1 + 1 = 3. In other words someone by themselves is not as efficient as 2 people and that the sum of the effort usually result in getting 3 times as much stuff done. This will accelerate your skills much more than you think over time.
     
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    That's pretty awesome.

    I would love to take lessons. I consider myself a mediocre player. I play well enough to enjoy it but I probably have technique that would make many cringe. I would be great to sit down with someone who could show me solid ways to improve my playing.
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    The guitar is one of the easiest instruments to string three notes together.

    It's also one of the hardest to master.

    Delivering vocals and guitar at the same time (to a good standard) is really difficult for me.

    The most successful songs are the simplest. Nobody likes a clever dick.

    Having a tutor point out a few things can save you years of working it out for yourself.

    Your audience won't care how much money you've spent on your quest.

    Harmony and a catchy tune will take you a long way.

    Study, practice, study, practice, study, practice. Play! Play! Play!
     
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    I think it is more difficult to find a good teacher as an adult. I've been thru a few and they're either confused that I'm their grandfather's age or that I already have a lot of musical experience or that I have music/stylistic goals that they're totally unfamiliar with...or all three.

    Much of the problem is me, of course. Cranky old [email protected]@rd banjo-player that thinks he can play the guitar too. Meh. I just bought a lap steel...like I need another instrument to learn.
     
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    I like when people evaluate directly, without diplomatic platitudes. Cuts through the bs and makes the process of moving forward much quicker.
     
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    That's interesting. It pisses me off.
     
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    I'm really struggling to understand what it is that YOU have to learn. I was chatting to Mister Croft a few weeks ago and you came up in conversation. The word used was "Virtuoso".
     
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    That's unfortunate.
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    My teacher is a beast of a guitar player - still a gigging musician at 55 and has been his whole adult life. Plays blues, country,classic rock and rock all equally well. He’s busy learning the theory behind Eric Johnson’s triads and licks during rhythm playing. He’s a perfectionist and pushes me out of my comfort zones and expects a lot plus encourages as well. He cuts right though to the bones quickly- you’re sharp, vibrato is too fast - listen for the high hat and set your vibrato tempo to that - your trem bar use is going too flat - tighten it up and it’s too fast. You’re playing too many notes - play half of what you just did and slow down…….on and on and on. And I love it ! He’s made me soooo much better