Should I Read Guitar Articles Online?
In general I write guitar articles based on the questions that my students ask me more frequently. This article, on the other hand, is on a question that very few students ask because they think they know the answer… even if they don’t.
In fact I’m going to assume that you think you know the answer already. Whether you do or do not, keep reading, you may be surprised.
The question most students should ask their teacher (but they don’t) goes along these lines: “Should I read guitar articles online, watch YouTube videos, get guitar books and DVDs to ‘supplement’ our lessons together?”
And the answer is: “No, unless your teacher EXPLICITLY recommends it”.
(For instance, if you are reading this article it’s because it’s on the website of your teacher. This is an explicit recommendation from your teacher for you to read this article).
I can bet you are surprised and you are wondering: “but it is not true that I should learn from as many sources as possible?” Well, actually no: you want to be sure to learn from GOOD sources - and your teacher is the person you know that is more qualified to tell you what are the good sources and the bad sources.
I am of course assuming here that you do trust your teacher. If you do not… why are you taking lessons from him? But if you DO trust him, then your best bet is to follow his advice!
Here’s the thing: two different teachers may be using two different but completely correct methods to teach. But if you take lessons from both (maybe one offline and one online) then YOU are going to be confused because they will tell you to focus on different things at the same time.
This is kinda like taking driving lessons: one driving teacher may tell you to learn how to use the pedals first. The other may focus on the steering wheel first. They are both right - you’ll get to the other thing later. If you take lessons from both, though, you are going to try to learn both at the same time, and this will confuse you.
Of course, this is assuming both teachers know what they are doing. In reality a majority of online teachers (even people who can play well…) have no idea how to teach.
So my suggestion is: ASK your teacher WHICH online resources would be good for you in this moment. Depending on your teacher and what you are learning right now, he can give you some useful names to check out or he can also say: “stay off the net for the time being”.
Trust your teacher on this - and you’ll become a better player faster.
About The Author
Tommaso Zillio is a professional prog rock musician and a regular writer of columns about Music Theory for Guitar