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Why a guitar teacher?

I just have a quick question. I'm a new member, but have hung around Whole-Note for a while. I've noticed everybody talking about how much I need a guitar teacher, how important it is, how I won't be able to go on without one. I started playing guitar by picking up my uncles and playing (actually, just strumming, lol), and three days later, bought my own, just because I liked it.

I played some Aerosmith and AC/DC just by listening, and six months after receiving my FIRST guitar, I could completely play a little song called "Eruption" by Van Halen. I had never gotten online and figured out what "tapping" was, I actually figured out how to tap just by listening. I didn't know what the chord A Major was until about a month ago, yet it's in many, many songs that I play. The only teachers I have are my right ear and my left ear. They're very sensitive, and I can pick up notes that are very...bleak, I guess. Just for an example, those things that you plug in the wall to keep mice away, most people can't even hear them. Some people hear a clicking. It actually hurts my ears because I hear the high pitch ringing! :)

I've talked to guys at music stores and they just say that I've been gifted, and if thats the case, I am very, very greatful. I was actually in a guitar store once, and there was a teacher in there. We started talking, and he didn't believe I could play "Eruption" after only playing guitar for about 8 months at the time. I played it for him right there, and then a little bit more that I wrote. His jaw dropped.

So my question to everyone...is it just because of my sensitive ears and alertness to every note in the songs I play, or do a lot of us go to a teacher, thinking we can't do it without help, when really, like in my case, a teacher would actually hold us back?

Do you think a teacher would have even said the term "tapping" after 6 months of lessons?!?! No way!

I honestly believe that if you wait a little bit after you get your first guitar and just play using your ears, and not your teacher, you may find out that you'll save money and have a little somethin extra to say when talking about your experience..."I taught myself!" Let me know what you guys think.

Thanks to everyone
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10/7/2005 4:45 PM

Nick Homer (529) wrote:

I think Michael must be star-wars-smiley-057.gif in disguise grouphug.gif



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10/7/2005 4:48 PM

Michael Jeanette (44) wrote:

lol, Rhandy Rhoads or Mick Mars maybe



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10/7/2005 6:01 PM

Michael Hamby j.r. (759) wrote:

so do you like my smilie lesson?



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10/8/2005 10:11 AM

Nick Homer (529) wrote:

Indeed I did :)



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10/8/2005 1:37 PM

Michael Hamby j.r. (759) wrote:

thanks



alot of people say they dont like it



only a few use it



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Re: Why a guitar teacher?

10/10/2005 2:53 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

Dear Michael,

Those little figures sometimes connect you to all sorts of spam. I did once and I was immediately deluged with all sorts of email garbage. Fortunately I was able to remove it rather quickly with some help from others. What you have may be ok or not ok. I hope it is benign.

Charlie

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10/10/2005 1:07 AM

Robert Chiefari (5087) wrote:

Michael,

I have never head a teacher...or took a lesson (it shows I know). If you have the ear and "gift" of playing - you can go pretty far in the rock/pop world. I often thought I'd like to take some classical lessons to learn the "real" theory behind it all...but, no time to dedicate in the closet for hours. I'm just a hack at best....but I'm happy doing what I can do!

Bottom line - if you plan to make a living at guitar - take lessons from a master - learn all you can! If you just want to be a "weekend warrior" like me - save your money.

-Bob

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