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Old 06-19-2017, 10:01 PM   #1
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Who here is self taught and who here has studied privately?

On a tangent, I think now more than ever it is reasonable to be completely self taught. The internet can teach you so much these days. Online videos are a great resource as well.

On the other hand you can't jam with the internet like you can a teacher. They will also point out your mistakes way faster than the internet. Backing tracks are great, but jamming with a person teaches you much more.

What do you guys think?
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:04 PM   #2
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I think it's a good idea to have an instructors, even if it's just occasionally to assess where you're at and give you what you need to propel you to the next level.
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I'm self taught. of course, I started over 50 years ago now. we had chord books(Mel Bay) and jamming with friends. also, sometimes we'd listen to the albums/or 45s to learn the song.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:24 PM   #4
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I took lessons for a year and a half, 50 years ago. That being said I can't read a note, so I guess I'm self taught now.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:25 PM   #5
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In response to the question, I am self-taught/teaching. I started with books and records 20 years ago, and I continue, most recently with some lessons (streaming video) purchased over the internet.

With regard to the tangent, please do not look at my approach as a shining example of the correct way to learn the guitar.
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I'm self taught, except for a few classical lessons, but I had some grounding in theory from piano lesson taken many years previously. With the benefit of hindsight, I would say that lessons would still be the best option, but that a good compatible teacher is important. Not only do you get feedback, but having a target each week should make for good progress.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:34 PM   #7
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I'm self taught and have been that way for 38 years. I do visit Youtube for some lessons from time to time, but I like the challenge of listening to and trying to figure out over someone showing me how it's done.

My way is not the best way. Lessons are a much better way to expand and understand, but my way works best for me.
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Self taught as I have no discipline for lessons really
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I think the players who had to play by ear, and rip songs from records have a more rounded ability.

Does all the information you can get these days make players better off than before the internet?.
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I've done both...

I was taught classical guitar as an 11 year old and hated it because I was made to play songs I didn't connect with. I learnt to read music and music theory but never engaged with it. As a result I stopped playing pretty much all together.

Fast forward another 40 years and I get asked to jam with a mate's band and despite not being able to string more than a couple of chords together I enjoyed it so I decided to learn all over again, but this time self taught (via the internet watching youtube guitarists and how they play songs that I liked). I found that simple fact that they were songs I WANTED to play, it made me stick with it. So for the last 6 years I have improved my playing so much so that I play with a band now.

All in all if you can find someone who is prepared to mold their lessons around songs you like then face to face is probably better, failing that check out Justin Sanderscoe on youtube, as he explains things extremely well and has lessons from basic through to advanced.

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