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Re: Get proper technique, chordal notes going.

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Posted by Carol Kaye on December 28, 1999 at 00:11:41:

In Reply to: Re: Beginner wants to know what to learn first. posted by Steve on December 27, 1999 at 15:33:59:

: Hi,

: Although there are good sites online for tips and instruction, I think you should find someone and take lessons. Nothing beats having someone guide you, especially when you are first starting out.

: Steve
There are some who can teach themselves and better than than a teacher who takes them down the wrong path of scales/scales/scales and don't teach them the wherewithall of learning how to function in real chordal progression playing. I've gotten some students who got taken by a couple of so-called well-known teachers, 2-3 years of lessons and they couldn't even play the blues! But they could play every scale in a book, now that's outrageous. And not only that, but they were getting crippled by being taught unsafe left-hand techniques (spider stuff, very bad technique), so you have to be selective in a good teacher. Be sure to fine one who teaches a left-hand pivoting technique (not a finger-spreader) plus chordal notes to start with (not scales etc.). Or get some good step-by-step video course going in the meantime while you're looking for a good teacher. I've had many just learn outright from my books-videos-tapes etc. and become fine professionals, but not everyone can do that.

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