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> Did You Have A Teacher When Starting To Play?, what is the most important thing you learned from him?
Ivan Milenkovic
post Nov 9 2011, 02:48 PM
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If you had a teacher that helped you with your first steps, what's the most important thing that you learned from him, the thing that you remember most even today, and always followed?


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post Nov 9 2011, 03:09 PM
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Considering I quit playing for 10 years that would push that to being over 15 years ago.

My first teacher I remember walking into his room and he had a blue RR Jackson and just wailed out some old randy rhodes solos and black sabbath. He always talked about picking, that it takes years to have a relaxed state of playing and thats what half of the battle to playing was. I forget that at times and I see it posted here, practice, practice, practice. Something may not play right slow it down and practice and slightly push and in time you will overcome it.

My first teacher moved away and my second one was kind of into country music and teaching theory. We didn't make it far and shortly after I tried to learn on my own and that was hard being around 13 with no internet to even help read and learn. With being so young I gave up and hung out with friends and such. But here I am years later, better guitar/gear, and gmc to help me strive to get better!


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post Nov 9 2011, 09:13 PM
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I played for about 4 years before I got a teacher and took my first lessons. He taught me the CAGED scale patterns. Once I had them memorized, he told me to improvize by "mixing them up". That is, moving up and down the fretboard playing licks using all the patterns. This helped a lot since prior to that I only knew a few pentatonic patterns and even some of those I had memorized incorrectly. It also inspired me to learn more about music theory. So I took two semesters of theory and ear-training (away from the guitar) and that made a huge difference in my knowledge from how to learn covers to how to solo and stay in key, to how to create chord progressions.


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post Nov 9 2011, 09:30 PM
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Yes when playing keyboard.

Lesson: Pratice is important!


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Sinisa Cekic
post Nov 9 2011, 09:34 PM
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I wish I had someone ! Expert advice is invaluable and helps a lot in the whole process of learning.


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