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Ben Higgins
post Oct 8 2014, 09:59 AM
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Before the internet we had other resources to learn from (still do, actually !). Guitar magazines, videos and, of course, albums. Aside from the material resources there are real life guitar teachers (I think they still exist too...) and generally learning from other players in real life.

As a student, I'd be engrossed in my favourite albums and artists. Naturally, I wanted to do what they did so whatever I learned or figured out for myself was based on that. As I got better and the years passed, I'd try out more advanced licks shown in guitar columns. It was very much a 'Feed yourself from the trough' kind of deal. A bit like a buffet. Only at first, it was an incomplete buffet, missing various meats and vegetables. Over the years, the buffet fills up and you've got more to take from. A dodgy analogy but you get it..

So, what about the internet ? Well, shall we take a look at some of the things it's really good for, from the perspective of someone learning the guitar ?

Discovering new music, founding out how to do something, having more than one source to get info from which increases the reliability of the info taken, being able to have contact with other players, being able to have someone critique your playing and help you, getting new lick ideas......

With that in mind, how has the internet shaped your guitar playing ? It could be learning a new technique, discovering a new player, finding a great guitar based website like G*****M*****C****........ maybe it's given you a different direction in your guitar journey somehow ?

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post Oct 8 2014, 10:11 AM
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I think a great deal of my musical ability came before the internet because I had to do things the hard way. I think I have a much better ear because of that.
Having said that the internet has brought so much knowledge and media to us that everything is available to us and focus is probably the hardest thing to attain, Ooo look a kitten. My technique should be better than it is now, because of the wide range of instruction available to me from all over the world, rather than what is available locally, but it's so hard to stay focused on one thing that I'm struggling with and not move on to something else. It must be even worse for teenagers who have grown up with even less attenti Puppies!!!! on span.

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post Oct 8 2014, 12:22 PM
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I found it really helped with learning some techniques but as you mentioned you miss alot without someone experienced showing you. I have been playing for a very long time at different intensities. I found one of my biggest problems was there were alot of holes in my playing that I didn't even know about. At least with the connection like GMC you have real people to connect with and real people instructing you.

Lost track out of how many months I have been on here for (feels like longer lol) but I know my playing has gotten better and my confidence in playing lead and scale stuff has gotten dramatically better.

My biggest problem now is not what to learn and if I'm learning it properly, its making sure I don't bite of more than I can chew and feel overwhelmed

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post Oct 8 2014, 04:11 PM
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If you know how to study and you know 'how' to research things, the internet is a just a big library and music shop.
You get out of it what you put in.

If you study the materials you find then you get better. If not - ? Well ...

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