SHOULD I GET A TEACHER?
I’ve loved GT for a while now. My only problem is that I don’t really have friends that play. I’m not in a band either and so I don’t really have the chance to bounce ideas off people, or get them to help me when I’m stuck. It’s like with my kids – if they find something won’t go in when doing their homework, I can look at it too and perhaps explain things in a way that makes sense. So I’d really like a sort of ‘me’ that helps out from time to time. I’ve been wondering about a guitar teacher for a while now, but I wonder if they’d think I’m wasting their time – for instance, I sort of get the ‘How Music Works’ article, but I’d love to sit down with someone that could go through it with me and plug the holes that I haven’t quite managed to fill. Am I wasting my time or do you think a teacher would go along with it? Dom, Wakefield This ties nicely into James’s question, Dom. I completely get your position on this, and I’m sure any guitar teacher worth his or her salt would too. Think of it as a bit like a manual for a multi-FX unit: if you’re anything like me they are almost always incomprehensible; but get a mate to show you how his works, and it all falls into place quickly and easily. We know that a lot of guitar teachers use GT as a medium with which to supplement their lessons; many are happy to accept short-term students, and even people that just want assistance with one facet of technique or theory. I’d bet your local teacher (check out www.RGT.org) would be happy to work through any big GT feature with you until you’ve cracked it. Who knows, you might find the whole experience so fulfilling that you book up for a whole series!