In elementary school I played the recorder. I was so good at it that my music teacher essentially took me under his wing for 3 or so years. I joined band and did that and loved it. Then In grade 6? I closed that chapter. In grade 7 middle school I was introduced to an acoustic guitar in general music class. I knew I was going to play one and I was very excited to. My music teacher handed a guitar out to everyone in the class and we practiced. Again, I shined. I was the best in my class. I fucking loved it! I was sad to put it down when we moved onto a new instrument. Years later in my adulthood...I remember my love and skill I had for the guitar so I went to Long & McQuade on Terminal and bought a $400 acoustic guitar and hard case. I played it for a month learning notes and chords. I was excited again. But then I just stopped playing it. I didn't have the drive to dedicate enough time to learn it. I live next door to a musician. He said to come get lessons from him when I get it. Well, I didn't because I'm not paying whatever he wanted to charge me. We live in YouTube world and all my favorite rock stars were self taught. I'd prefer to do what the guitar rock gods did in the beginning and learn on your own. It's the strumming and switching of chords that's difficult and will take time to learn and get faster at. One day I will learn it. Music is in my soul. I have to bring it out again.


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Depends which..

Jan 15, 2019 at 8:03pm

... "rock gods" but a lot of them, especially these days, had very good, artistic upper middle class upbringings with music lessons, etc. conducted by their parents, or other family members.

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Randy Rhodes practiced scales

Jan 15, 2019 at 8:19pm

And took a lot of lessons.

It's great to teach yourself but make sure you don't develop bad habits. A teacher can point out what you are doing wrong, with your fingering.

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As a musician

Jan 15, 2019 at 9:10pm

I'd like to tell you that you have no clue how complex and complicated music is. If you really love it as you say, you will take some lessons and understand the saying: the the more you know, the more you realise you don't know. What you're doing is kind of like learning to be a dentist by watching a few videos on the internet.

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the value of training

Jan 15, 2019 at 11:38pm

I'm a classically trained guitarist, songwriter, and singer. I assure you that good teacher can guide your development as an artist and as a technician. Without good training, you can end up with issues like poor posture or arm/hand positioning. In turn, that can lead to injuries and chronic conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. It's worth taking some lessons early on!

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Jan 15, 2019 at 11:56pm

You say "One day I will learn it"

What does that even mean...? You've basically put off learning something exactly when it became difficult - - when it became something that wasn't as easy as it was when you were younger....

Be the adult mentor in your life, and show yourself discipline! Pick up that guitar, and show it (AND YOU) who is boss!

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Don’t be silly

Jan 16, 2019 at 1:18am

Just because someone takes lessons doesn’t mean they’re less talented or creative. Learning by trial and error is fine, but you can certainly speed up the process by taking lessons to learn the techniques properly. As a visual artist I went to art school to learn, and it was invaluable. Don’t be stubborn!

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Jan 16, 2019 at 2:30am

Moron. There's not a successful musician alive who's never taken music lessons of any kind.

You obviously haven't got a clue.

Good luck, reinventing the wheel, lol

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Jan 16, 2019 at 3:46am

Honestly, a musician wouldn't be that close minded to learning how others interpret sound.

Sure you will

Jan 16, 2019 at 6:11am

Don't feel too bad. I'm wasted talent too.

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another thought

Jan 16, 2019 at 9:10am

If you take lessons it puts a bit of pressure on you to practice so you will be ready for your next lesson. And you really need to practice, every day until your fingers and muscles get a muscle memory. That doesn't happen without doing it over and over. Those self taught musicians practiced every day every chance they got. They didn't just pick it up and practise a bit when they felt like it, practising became an obsession.

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