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Postby ElfDude » Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:01 pm

When my daughters were in junior high and elementary school respectively, once a week after school we would drive down to Boothe Brothers Music in Spanish Fork, UT where the older daughter would take bass guitar lessons. A half hour later when she was finished we would drive to a house elsewhere in Spanish Fork where the younger one would have her guitar lesson and the older one would listen to music in the car and try to do homework. I enjoyed those days… a little one on one time with each girl, looking at instruments in the store, feeling good that they were taking lessons, etc. I know they don’t remember them with the same fondness that I do, but I guess that’s normal.

But now it’s my turn. After so many years with very little musical training ( I got most of that back when I was a teenager), I have signed up for weekly guitar lessons at Boothe Brothers Music. I will be instructed by a local virtuoso named Amanda Johnson (who used to post in this forum). I’m excited at the prospect of expanding my horizons and becoming a better player, and a little nervous about my abilities and about the commitment. I guess that’s normal.

Edit: Here's my teacher a couple of years ago rocking her DC127
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Postby colossal » Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:43 pm

Hi Elf,

That's awesome. Lessons are great and really help break bad habits, ruts, and let you see things from new perspectives. It's never too late to improve. As an aside, if you or anyone is looking for a GREAT teacher, email Derryl Gabel. He is a long-time member of this forum. Really a nice guy, very patient, has an incredible method and teaching style, and offers lessons by Skype.

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Postby Koshchei » Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:04 pm

Cool! Let us know how it goes!

I periodically take lessons as well, for a change of perspective, clarification on something I'm finding difficult to understand, etc.

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Postby hallwayminstrel » Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:50 pm

Yeah, I took lessons from Mike Whitehead for three years, ending about four years ago. Been playing for seven total. I'd still be taking lessons, but I've been playing the pit orchestra so much I wouldn't have time to practice the lesson material. :lol:
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Postby gumbynotpokey » Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:13 pm

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Postby kennym9898 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:24 pm

I wish I had the time to take lessons but I'm just too busy at times. I have never said or implied I'm a musician, just a guitar player. I have very limited knowledge of music theory, maybe perhaps I may find time in a couple years to actually take lessons. Congrats on being able to and taking the time to take lesson.
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Postby Casual Madman » Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:41 pm

I saw the thread title and thought you meant THIS.

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Postby ElfDude » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:26 am

Casual Madman wrote:I saw the thread title and thought you meant THIS.


That would have been pretty awesome. But, no.
My teacher is an awesome player though. We'll see if she knows how to teach an A.D.D. bonehead like me.

First lesson is later today.
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Postby ElfDude » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:19 am

hallwayminstrel wrote:Yeah, I took lessons from Mike Whitehead for three years, ending about four years ago. Been playing for seven total. I'd still be taking lessons, but I've been playing the pit orchestra so much I wouldn't have time to practice the lesson material. :lol:


Playing to sheet music in the orchestra pit for musicals certainly sounds like getting an education to me. I know it was for me back in a former life when I played the cello. 8)
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Postby hallwayminstrel » Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:06 am

ElfDude wrote:
hallwayminstrel wrote:Yeah, I took lessons from Mike Whitehead for three years, ending about four years ago. Been playing for seven total. I'd still be taking lessons, but I've been playing the pit orchestra so much I wouldn't have time to practice the lesson material. :lol:


Playing to sheet music in the orchestra pit for musicals certainly sounds like getting an education to me. I know it was for me back in a former life when I played the cello. 8)


It does feel like I'm in school! I'm reading treble clef, and then when it's chords, the musicals are all jazz chords. Minor 7'th, flat fives, augmented, diminished, major ninth, etc. and that's just for "Camelot" currently running in Murray.

That's exciting that you're starting lessons today. Good luck!
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Postby ElfDude » Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:53 am

Well, I enjoyed the first lesson. This is going to be good for me.
Of course, it's a bit of a slap in the face when you've been playing for over 35 years and it really hits you that you pretty much know nothing. :lol:
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Postby Casual Madman » Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:56 pm

ElfDude wrote:when ... it really hits you that you pretty much know nothing.


The more you know, the more you know you don't know.

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Postby jfo3000 » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:37 am

Wow cool Elf!

I haven't tried to learn anything new in maybe ten years so I empathize.

But I recently got Transcribe! software and have been working out Holdsworth's Nevermore solo from the UK album - where he trades solos with Eddie Jobson.

I thought that the techniques would be easier since it's from long ago and that it would translate to a rock format more readily than his solos over his unending modulating progressions...

Wrong! This thing is tough! Almost every phrase is difficult. But my left hand is gaining finger independence and three-note-per-string runs have become so much easier. I made up a bunch of chromaticized diatonic scales to get the four-note-per-string thing happening for Allen's licks.

It's cool to start learning again, I'm with you brother!
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