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Started Classical and Jazz Lessons

monte

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I have been frustrated by the rut i have fallen into. I just sit on the sofa playing riffs from songs that i like or just know. I never do anything constructive anymore. I don't even plug my guitars in most of the time.

So I made a new years resolution to work on becoming a better musician, or even A musician for that matter. I want to know my instrument better and play with more purpose.

I found a teacher that teaches at a campus and offers lessons in a proper school type setting. I went last night for my first lesson and it really humbled me. He has me reading music and learning classical guitar first. Totally out of my element, but enjoyable. He is fairly accomplished and has students that have been with him for 10+ years.

After I learn the reading and classical playing elements, we will move over to Jazz....that is where my real interest lies, but the classical learning will be challenging and rewarding too.

It was hard to sit there with a classical guitar on my lap and not play anything that I was not being taught at that moment. But that is the discipline i need for a while.

Just wanted to share that.
 

Flyin' Brian

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I did the same thing many years ago, though I dropped the classical and focused on the jazz because of the opportunity to improvise and the rush I get from getting myself "out there" somewhere and having to get back.

Both disciplines are lifetime pursuits. You'll certainly fill up your time and if you apply yourself you won't be bored. Have fun!
 
M

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Sounds like fun! I think it is a little odd that he is starting you on classical when you want to play jazz, but it sounds like it works for him.
 

monte

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Sounds like fun! I think it is a little odd that he is starting you on classical when you want to play jazz, but it sounds like it works for him.
he mentioned that he was taught this way and has had good success teaching like this. he wants me to learn to read and understand music and then move on. he said it is subject to change as time goes on. Either way..i am looking forward to getting better than i am now.
 




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