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Starting lessons in January


I'm starting guitar lessons in January. I took a few classical guitar lessons in 1987 from a not so great teacher. I didn't play guitar at all from 1988 until 2006 or so. I have been playing semi-regularly since but I'm essentially self-thought. I took classical flute lessons from 2001 to 2006 so in theory I can read music but I play guitar by ear. I know some theory (RCM Advanced Rudiments with honours), more than most guitarists I would assume. I have no idea what to expect / how the lessons will go. I certainly don't fit the usual profile for a guitar student. My teacher is a pro jazz guitarist who's kind of a virtuoso. Time will tell whether he can be a good teacher too.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who started taking lessons later in life.


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Time will tell whether you can be a good student. Don't expect to be spoon fed. Record all your lessons. Take notes, ask questions. You might learn something. The weight is on you.


I've taken a few lessons recently. Been playing about twenty years without ever taking a lesson. I figured I could use some pointers and it turned out to be a great experience. Different ways to look at the neck for soloing, improvements to my technique, different styles than I would have ever pursued on my own but has greatly improved my respect for other genres and given me new tools to put in my own style of playing, etc.


I started taking lessons July of 2013, and I'm glad I did. Great experience , but make sure you practice in between your lessons to make the experience more rewarding on both of you.

I just got back into playing after many years, and am really happy with my progression.

Make it fun and have fun.


I took lessons as a kid in the 90s. The next tenth years varied in how much I played and studied, independently. Last year I started taking lessons with a jazz monster. Id never even listened to much jazz before that. I can tell you two helpful things:
It'll take some time before the new skills and knowledge becomes natural
You don't know what you don't know.

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