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AlohaEd

Glendale, NY

Eddie
Jul 6th, 2017 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Although $20 monthly, or should I do Youtube, books, websites, even real lessons from a teacher?

http://www.fastcompany.com/40437554/fender-reinvents-online-guitar-lessons-for-the-digitally-distracted

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Jul 6th, 2017 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I kinda depends on where you are in your playing and what you're trying to accomplish. It looks like those Fender lessons are just teaching you how to play songs. Seems to me, there are probably plenty of free videos that do that (but try to find multiple sources, as VERY often people teach them wrong). Maybe see if you can find some others who have taken the Fender course and reviewed it.

A real teacher can do for you what no video lesson can do. They can tailor your lessons to exactly what you're trying to do, give you immediate feedback and correct bad habits. Also, you're less likely to blow it off if you have a schedule with another person. Now, not all teachers are made equal, and sometimes you have to try a few to find the right one. Or even move on if you feel you've learned all you can from your current one. There's no substitute for 1-on-1 in-person learning.

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Jul 6th, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The article makes the Fender course sound kinda like it's poo-poo-ing learning theory, but a good teacher works theory in. With my student, I'll add some theoretical stuff as we're working, and as I repeat it and we use it, it eventually sinks in. Learning theory does not have to involve staring at a lesson on a page or boring exercises.

reverendrob
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our time in hell
Jul 6th, 2017 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did beta-testing for what looks like it turned into this.

It was solid enough and well done for the songs that were available, but it's still odd in that it doesn't take advantage of technology that can detect what you're playing *right* or wrong ala Rocksmith.

AlohaEd

Glendale, NY

Eddie
Jul 6th, 2017 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am 61. Took a few months worth of lessons back in Oct of 2001. Good, well known and respected teacher, but stopped and lost interest. Been playing around with chords every so often. Before him, bought a Yamaha beginner acoustic setup, yet couldn't do anything. Didn't realize, according to him, different hands and finger size, need different necks. Handed me a cheap, Sepia Crue, and was playing chords very well. Then 4 years later, had my then wife buy me a Strat. Again lost interest. Tried play chords on the Strat lately, yet have problems with many chords on it's neck. Then remembered my Sepia guitar and dug it out of the garage attic. As a total beginner, not being able to play songs, needing to learn chords again, etc, yet when I hold this guitar, the neck feels so comfortable. Weird. Many chords are easy to finger. Now I want to learn again. I SHOULD have tried a number of necks before I had her buy me that Strat. ANYWAY, if I go back to this teacher for walk ins, learn chords? He started teaching me notation, but that was too much for me.
Sorry for the long reply.

reverendrob
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our time in hell
Jul 7th, 2017 03:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

End of the day, if he doesn't focus on what *you* want, find someone who will.

It's one thing to expand on what you want, it's another to focus on things before you're happy.

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Jul 7th, 2017 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Right. I like adult students, because they know more of what they want. Lay out exactly what you want (or don't want) to learn, and see if that teacher agrees to do it your way. If not, find another. Teaching guitar is not rocket science, as long as the teacher is paying attention to the student's needs.

I teach mine how to make simple charts, with just chord symbols and slash notation for rhythm. I like that because I have a lousy memory for the chords, but I hear the song in my head, so all I generally need is a reminder.
Standard notation is tricky for guitar, and the vast majority of amateur players never use it. It is good to know some terms and symbols, however, even for simple charts.

(This message was last edited by gdw3 at 01:46 PM, Jul 7th, 2017)

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