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 Post subject: Re: Time for lessons
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:18 am 
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(snip)... I think my unfocused approach has given me some strengths we might build upon, but if I were a guitar instructor it would drive me nuts. Should I choose a lesser instructor first, and work out how to take lessons, before I start with the one I think is the best available in our area?

I'd really like to hear from some of you on the topic of guitar lessons. Do you think I should just see a psychiatrist instead?


I DO drive my instructor nuts...he's told me so!
But, I have "suggested" some great pieces to work on that he appreciates:) Last night I asked if we could work on an early Pierre Bensusan I had found. His response: "Are you sure??" But he looked at it and we both worked through it together. It was really helpful to see how he approached learning a new piece. (We only worked thru the first 6 measures. Now, I have alot to get under my belt (fingers).

Get the best instructor you can. Otherwise you'll just be throwing your money away. I pay $50/hour...but I go every other week. Gives me time to really work on stuff. When I took lessons every week, I always felt like I hadn't "mastered" what I was working on and was adding more to the "unmastered" pile :(

Plus, having scheduled lessons imparts a forced discipline to practicing.

Playing guitar IS "therapy" :)
I know there are some great "names" in Oregon...let us know what you decide.

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 Post subject: Re: Time for lessons
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:25 pm 
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:shock: :? :oops: Hey! Who dug up this old thread? I still haven't started those lessons. Still should.

I have been working pretty hard, though, and picking up things from other players, and through forums and the internet. My understanding of music theory has grown greatly, and my playing is much better. On the lessons, I keep waiting until I have the money. Funny, that never stops me when I buy guitars and amps!

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 Post subject: Re: Time for lessons
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:58 pm 
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PtT wrote:
:shock: :? :oops: Hey! Who dug up this old thread? I still haven't started those lessons. Still should.


I didn't do it! But....I was very happy to jump in :)

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 Post subject: Re: Time for lessons
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:41 pm 
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Have any of y'all ever heard of Marty Schwartz? He has a website, it's something like GuitarJamz or something very close to it. If you google him you will easily find him. He has an amazing series of blues guitar lessons on DVD and he is even running a special now, something like the entire 17 dvd series for half off. His lessons are pretty darn good for learning a lot of cool blues licks if that is your cup of tea...

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 Post subject: Re: Time for lessons
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:38 am 
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Hey Luke,
Check out
www.truefire.com
They have instructional downloads and DVDs at resonable prices and there is something for everyone. I've purchased several of their courses over the years all tought by major players. The DVDs are great, showing slow-mo on both hands and tab and standard notation are included as well as verbal.
I have found myself using all kinds of sources to learn but then I am interested in learing all typles of music both electric and acoustic. Currently I am on a fingerstyle blues mission from hell. I don't think I have used a pick in six months. Fingerstyle acoustic, electric, and slide resonator.
I do know the key to the hold deal is to put the time in. I try for at least an hour a day. I have a friend that has played several hours a day for 35 years....WOW.

Best,

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 Post subject: Re: Time for lessons
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:18 am 
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Marty Schwartz's sale ends tonight at midnight...half off...and it is actually 20 DVDs

---- Original Message ----

Marty is closing his doors on his 50% off sale in LESS
than 12 hours! If you haven't seen his
video about the Blues Master Class Series, go RIGHT NOW and at least take
a look at it.

http://www.guitarjamz.com/bmc_af/blues_ ... s_nlg.html

Right now he's giving all sorts of extra's
away on top of the AMAZING course he
already provides.

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What's In Marty's Blues Master Class?
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You get 20 DVDs!

- 3 Beginner Blues DVDs
- 1 Blues Solo Techniques DVD
- 1 Blues Licks DVD
- 2 Intermediate Blues DVDs
- 3 Soulful Blues DVDs
- 5 Acoustic Blues DVDs
- 1 Live Student Learning Sessions DVD
- Blues Jam tracks CD
- 1 Inspired Blues DVD
- 1 Mustang Sally DVD
- 1 Country Guitar Lesson DVD

Plus... you get all the tab books you need
so you can easily follow along.

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 Post subject: Re: Time for lessons
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:12 pm 
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Hey YO bangelo,
I just pulled the trigger on Marty's instuctional DVD set as you sugested. I have picked up many fine tips from Marty on his You-Tube sessions and figured if the DVD set is as good as his You-Tube sessions the price he's asking is baby poo for what you get. I also dropped the hammer on a couple of Truefire DVD's as they are also having a sale. So for around $200 (the price of 4-5 lessons) I've got enough instuctional info to last me along time. Alot of this stuff I already know but when a player puts a different slant on it sometimes it can turn on a light bulb or open a new door.

Thanks for the tip,

Blues

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