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post Nov 22 2007, 03:49 PM
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Interesting thread, and I really don't know the answer. All I can say, is that if I am self taught, I must be a really crappy teacher laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

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post Nov 22 2007, 04:03 PM
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Tried to Self teach, well there was my first mistake.

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post Nov 22 2007, 04:13 PM
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when trying to self teach i heard about alternate picking, and the idea i had from the internet was "play down up down on a string"..
okay i'm thinking lets go....

down-up-down <up a string> down-up-down <up a string> down-up-down etc...

most of you will recognise that as economy picking, though for almost a year i thought i was getting great at alternate picking.

As soon as i got some proper advice from a paul gilbert video i felt like a fool, and spent what seemed like forever trying to get that upstroke on the next string!

See that was self taught- and it went so so so wrong for me- not only did i have to learn a new picking style i had to unlearn the old one, i really do think GMC is literally teaching us whatever we choose to learn and i'm glad i'm no longer making mistakes like i used to.

...who knows- maybe in 5 years i'll approach economy picking for the first time> or will it be the second???
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post Nov 26 2007, 06:25 PM
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I feel that if you don't have another person literally teaching you on a regular basis, then you are self taught. GMC is great because it's at your own pace. It's lessons from more experience players broken down with tabs and videos, but it's still not that one on one interaction with another person.

While this is a pay site, I wouldn't say that I'm paying all the instructors for lessons. I'd say that I pay a subscription fee for a site that has lessons from instructors online in addition to a forum to ask follow up questions.

I think GMC does blur the line between purely self taught straight from a book or video and a live instructor, which is awesome. But at the end of the day I'd say I am a self taught player. I have taken some guitar lessons here and there when I use to play, but not for any great length of time.

I feel that having an instructor is the fastest way to excel when learning material because you can have that direct and immediate correction or praise or pointer. Whereas learning even through GMC, if you fumble with something you utilimately are the one left trying to figure it out on the guitar even if you post a post with follow up questions.
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post Nov 27 2007, 06:33 AM
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I'd say it all depends on how you started playing before you came to GMC

I personally beleive I'm self taught because i figured out hammer-ons pulloffs bending and sliding without an insturctor or anything.

but if GMC is where you started than you were taught by Kris.
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post Nov 29 2007, 09:06 PM
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QUOTE (krawetz @ Nov 26 2007, 11:33 PM) *
but if GMC is where you started than you were taught by Kris.

Remember that Kris is not the only instructor here...

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post Dec 1 2007, 11:22 PM
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QUOTE (Testament @ Nov 19 2007, 02:04 AM) *
sure, but neither does taking an in-person lesson from an instructor.

i've got a friend who's never taken a lesson in his life and he tells people he's self-taught. though i wouldn't consider using guitar pro to learn things as self-taught, just like i wouldn't consider reading scales and chords to be self-taught. not that it isn't harder to learn without an instructor, it most certainly is. honestly, i think the problem lies in the wording. if there was an in-between place that didn't have to be self-taught or taught by an instructor, things would be much clearer.
i couldn't agree more. cool.gif

How about self-learned. Reguardless of where the info comes from, its up to you to absorb it and put it to the strings. Just my 2-cents! smile.gif huh.gif

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post Dec 2 2007, 01:15 AM
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My personal opinion. I think I am self taught, because I have never received formal education. I was NOT self-taught on the drums, I had instructors...but the instruction this website provides is a reference tool, and it's based solely on how you want to use it, not having some guy breathe down your neck about everything you are doing, you simply learn from what you interpret. To me, using this website is just a massive reference, so I believe I am still self-taught.

The self-learned, is a VERY good way to put it. I agree 100%.

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