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Old 05-17-2009, 09:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm self-taught on bass guitar. Taught through classical lessons on piano.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:41 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I play guitar self taught. When I first began I sucked but I refused to take lessons. Some would say that's an extremely bad choice, but, I think music is from the heart and as long as you sit down and take the time and play for the right reasons and not give up once you hit a dead end It'll all come together. The main reasons why I would rather be self taught is when you have a teacher they are teaching you how it is done the standard way or their way. That's cool and all but your music is a part of you and the way you hold your neck and all that's all you. Another reason is you just feel so much more accomplished and you can just think to yourself yeah that's all me I figured that out with blood sweat and tears with no one to stand over my shoulder. It takes longer and it's harder but hey. Really, in the end though what should really be considered is: is it fun? doesnt matter if you suck or what just as long as YOU like what you are doing.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:05 AM   #13 (permalink)
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i tried to learn by myself....didn't work out
so I got a teacher who is classically trained...so I'm learning notes and scales and stuff

but I also use tab...and write riffs and stuff
I taught myself hammer ons and pull offs..and triplets

so I'm kinda both I guess
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:07 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm self-taught at guitar. I have not really been playing a long time. But when people teach me things it takes out the sense of accomplishment when I succeed because I feel liek I only did half of it. I don't know if thats other people or just me but that how I am.
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:25 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I recommend to go to teacher only to study the basics and rest comes by itself.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:35 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I self taught myself how to play guitar. For alto and tenor sax my friends in band taught me. I really need to get lessons.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I recommend to go to teacher only to study the basics and rest comes by itself.
true. i got lessons for a few years, but it was to get a foundation for learning the rest on my own. my teacher believed in exploration and self discovery, so after teaching me all the basics and theory, i pretty much went from there
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Old 06-02-2009, 12:03 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I've been playing guitar for 12 years and got 2 years of lessons at the start. I'd say lessons are super-beneficial because it gives you a basic education that makes learning other instruments that much easier. Learning stuff you don't enjoy helps to make you a more well-rounded musician too.

If just wanna learn one or two ramones songs you probably don't need to pay for lessons.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:52 PM   #19 (permalink)
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i self taught myself drums, been playing for a year, and i play about 2 hours a day, ive progressed greatly.

as guitar, not as passionate about, but ive taken lessons for almost 2 years, but i find ive progressed so much more on drums, compared to guitar
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:29 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I self taught myself how to play guitar. For alto and tenor sax my friends in band taught me. I really need to get lessons.
i completely agree, i had a year of guitar lessons at the start. self teaching yourself is great but hard just because learning all of the theory you need to know is tough without a teacher. i went back to lessons for another six months to learn some more theory and finger picking techniques. teaching yourself is great but having a teacher makes you progress so much faster.
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