First of all i'd like to say that I've finally managed myself to buy my own acoustic guitar, and so far it's really fun, but i'm learning by my own by some random youtube videos etc. I have decided to take my guitar and overall music education on a higher level.
I know some things need time, but best practices is something you want to be doing from the start, so my first question is, are guitar lessons really woth putting money into (i'm talking about one on one lessons rather than music schools). I also have big respect to any kind of (especially) art field, and i realise that learning music theory would benefit me greatly in a long shot, am i right about this? My final questions are about picking some good guitar lecture, it could be either music theory one (i'm kinda studying and working can't afford myself going to music school), or guitar learning ones. It's really hard to pick one, judging just from table of contents (btw I'm from Poland, so i'm looking for some books that went big and hopefully been translated into my language).
Thanks in advance,
- Alan Green
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Yes, it is worth getting a teacher for one-on-one lessons. Talk to a few first of all and find one that likes the music you like - too many teachers who say they teach "all styles" teach them all poorly.
A good teacher will also be able to recommend a good book.
"I have always felt that it is better to do what is beautiful than what is 'right'" - Eliot Fisk
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In short: I couldn't agree more with what the other folks stated here. Nothing comes close to face-to-face guitar lessons from a qualified teacher. A good teacher will be able to tailor the delivery of the content specific to the student. That is important, because all students are different. I'm not saying that a teacher will design individual programs for each of his students, but while following a basic outline, he will be in the position to tweak things here and there and adjust the learning pace.
And being a guitar teacher, I know that scrutiny over the student's progress is obviously also an important factor. When you have to meet with your teacher on a regular basis, you are more likely to keep up with your practice. That's just how it is.
I wrote a rather lengthy post on my website about this topic a while back ago, outlining what in my opinion the advantages and disadvantages are that come along with the different learning methods (online courses, face-to-face, guitar classes, etc.). Please note: the link below will take you to the post of my website, and toward the end of the article I am promoting my Beginners Guitar Course (Online course with full access to a teacher). Because I feel the article is objective and fair, I feel comfortable sharing the link with you. However, if you are someone looking for a teacher, I want you to aware of the fact that there are many other great guitar teachers here in the forum - and also, the lessons provided here at Guitar Noise are of top quality and come highly recommended.
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