Do You Play by Ear or Are You a Formally Trained Guitarist

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by WNCStratman, Sep 18, 2019.

Do You Play by Ear or Are You Formally Trained

  1. Play by Ear

    31 vote(s)
    83.8%
  2. Formally Trained

    6 vote(s)
    16.2%
  1. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    I said "formally trained" because if I was pressed to identify what has helped me the most, it's the lessons of my youth. I don't have bad habits in terms of fingering, posture, picking technique and because of the "bedrock" of lessons and learning young I can be away from the guitar for long periods and knock the rust off pretty quickly. That said, I can't really read music anymore and since been playing "by ear" much longer...
     
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  2. 808guitar

    808guitar Squier Talker

    37
    Apr 23, 2018
    Hawaii
    I never took guitar lessons but I was trained on other instruments (brass and woodwinds). I know general music theory but have never tried to play guitar from sheet music. I don't like tabs either, but I'm more of a strummy strummy guy, tell me the chords or at least the key of the song and I'll figure it out eventually.
     
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  3. Afrika61

    Afrika61 Squier-holic

    A years worth of guitar lessons in junior high school as I wanted to become a big ******* rock 'n roll star and out rock 'n roll other big ******* rock 'n roll stars. Been doing it by ear ever since but lately I've been giving thought to some formal training as a way to learn something new,..
    And I wonder what Van Gogh would have done,....
     
  4. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Squier-Meister

    Age:
    59
    274
    Feb 25, 2017
    Rhode Island USA
    Me & youtube the first few years.
    That just got me to want to know more.
    Started lessons about 2 years ago and I'm glad I did.
    Still don't read music
    Kinda ok with tabs
    What's better from lessons is;
    1.) my understanding of music.
    2.) Where to go/look on the freboard
    3.) The scale modes. I still can't keep them. friggin names straight but I can work em from the 3rd, or 4th, or..you know.
     
  5. Jim Belaye

    Jim Belaye Squier-holic

    Age:
    56
    Jul 25, 2015
    Montréal, Canada
    Yes you can get bad tabs, I agree. I try to match the tab to a good lesson on YouTube. The Tab for me is a starting point for learning a new song.
     
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