Some thoughts

Whilst sticking my nose around my Facebook news feed I stumbled across a thread that contained a request for someone to find a guitar teacher, I hasten to add nowhere near where I teach. In that I found this gem of wisdom from someone who was advising them.

 Any guitar teacher recommendations for an intermediate rhythm guitarist wanting to learn lead? or any tips/practices you recommend?

No guitar lessons, u can’t teach emotion, u can’t teach passion that has to be craved and earned!

Here’s a run down of the next techniques, YouTube them for lessons,
Triads, modes, (assuming u know scales) tapping, sweep picking, after learn the hammer on and pull off. Firstly start with a metronome, start slow and gradually increase speed, I recommend kirk hammet from metallica for a beginning lead guitarist, his lines r pretty simple and all regular patterns like pentatonic and the minor scale, oh yeh my Best piece of advice learn the e minor scale over the full neck, that’s probably enough work for u for the next 3 years. If u fancy a jam I can show u

Now where to start?  Lets start at the top.  You can’t teach emotion?  Such as crying? Anger? Fear?  That actual emotion? Well firstly you can, you learnt all of those from your parents and relatives. Secondly in terms of guitar playing the emotion you aren’t teaching, the ability to express it, well yes you can teach that. It can be broken down into all kinds of techniques, such as vibrato, tone, dynamics the list goes on.  What a teacher can do is show you how to most eloquently express those emotions from the instrument.  If you aren’t able to learn any emotions then how would you ever be able to express them? But lets not get me on a psychological debate.

Triads, modes, (assuming u know scales) tapping, sweep picking, after learn the hammer on and pull off.

Well that is starting at the wrong end and learning technique for no discernible end product other than for its own sake.

If this person is a fan of Clapton and the blues for instance, then all of the above is a complete waste of time. Where is the bending? The phrasing?

 

I recommend kirk hammet from metallica for a beginning lead guitarist, his lines r pretty simple and all regular patterns like pentatonic and the minor scale

Learn to play Kirk Hammet’s solos. A few points here. What happens if the person asking the question doesn’t actually like Metallica at all? A great deal of Metallica’s material is grade 5+ in terms of knowledge and performance, are you sure this player is up to it?  Generally if a player tells you they are intermediate  it generally means they know something and can play it, but everything else is a mystery to them.  This reeks of someone just suggesting stuff that they know and completely being ignorant of the rest of the musical world.

oh yeh my Best piece of advice learn the e minor scale over the full neck, that’s probably enough work for u for the next 3 years. If u fancy a jam I can show u

Hang on a minute, you were advocating sweeping, tapping and modes and now you suggest that the humble E minor scale should be explored for 3 years alone. Wowzers. You can tell someone what is best for them purely from 2 senteneces typed on facebook?  Well done.

 

This is why the person should seek out a guitar teacher who is professional, a member of a body such as the RGT, and has bags of experience.  They will be able to tailor the lessons to the students needs. Graduate the material so they can improve and progress.

Without making too many presumptions, I would think the person dishing out advice was self taught and fearful of being taught by someone else.  How do I come to that conclusion? I was self taught.  You have to face the fear that others know more than you and can help, then you open up to a world of learning and fun.

I could quite easily write thousands more words on this alone, but lets not bore you, and frankly I have guitar lessons to give to people who want to learn properly.

 

www.rgt.org

 

 

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~ by Geoff Lea Guitar on August 20, 2013.

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