Compact Diss Posted January 27, 2004 Share Posted January 27, 2004 Time is the secret to learning how to play the guitar. I can't name how many posts I have made concerning scales, timing, chords, anything and everything... As I progress, the more I learn, the more I realize that the big secret in learning how to play the guitar is time. This is how I have come to realize this. Over the past year or two. I have read and re-read many books concerning music(The Guitar Cookbook, Jazz Theory, Exercise Book, too many to name). I have taken lessons on and off, both with good teachers and awful teachers. I have done tabs. I have bought guitar magazines and tweaked my amp and attempted to play the monthly tabs. I have made countless threads on countless message boards. I have gone to live shows, inlcuding live Jazz jams. I have listened to music, everything from Jazz to Punk. The fact for me remains that the more time goes by the more I know about playing guitar. I do not want to know how to play songs. I want to read notes (I can finally, after hours of study), I want to look in music books and not just guitar books and understand symbols, I see things and I know what they mean(hours of reading, practicing). Most of all, I am still just a beginner. I am still learning. Everyday I am learning. Today I spent 3.5 hours reading the Jazz theory book. I have read it before but really just skimmed through it. I'm just trying to give a message to anyone out there who is new, I am still learning. I don't think it ever ends. Music is such a wide, huge world, there is so much to learn. Take your time. Practice scales, in about a year you will be able to understand where and how they work. There is so much to learn...ok, my 10 minute break from practicing is up, got to get back to my instrument. Someday I will be able to call myself a musician, not just a guy who plays guitar. Regarding good and bad teachers. I had a "not good" teacher for a little more than six months. I found a new teacher, very much more money but an hour lesson. I walked out of there and after reviewing my materials and the lesson at home. I can say I was taught more in that one hour than I was in six months of lessons. I could understand things and not just be able to put my fingers on the right strings and frets. A great teacher makes a 100% difference. Due to $$ problems I had to stop but I start up again with him on Wednesday and cannot wait! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.