Self-taught or formal lessons?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Gnejs, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. Self-Taught

    43 vote(s)
  2. Personal Lessons

    7 vote(s)
  3. Little of both

    38 vote(s)
  1. Gnejs


    Jun 20, 2008
    Just curious were you self-taught or did you have formal lessons?
  2. SpaceYourBass


    Aug 28, 2007
    I'm self taught and am looking forward to formal lessons one of these days. It's cool to say I taught myself but yea...I'd be a lot better if I was taking lessons this whole time. A LOT better.
  3. Drifta


    Sep 13, 2006
    South Florida
    self taught for 2+ years. then took 8 weeks of lessons with a great musician teacher. I gotta say I wish i had started lessons earliar.

    Its all about the right teacher. And I generally find AWESOME musicians that are self taught are really hard to communicate with and have a short leash. They get so locked into what they do/did to get so great and its not always about chops when in a band i find, and it makes it kind of hard.
  4. Do instructional videos count as personal lessons too? :smug:
  5. afinalfantasy

    afinalfantasy Inactive

    Jan 11, 2006
    Self taught for learning the instrument, lessons for using a metronome and scales.
  6. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    I taught myself the mechanics of playing a bass guitar (by watching what my favorite players did and copying them), but at that point I'd already taken music theory and composition courses in college. So I suppose a little of both. But my mom taught me piano when I was a little kid, if that counts. :)

    Having teachers around is A1-super-duper for theory... it can be hard to scrounge up the self-motivation and self-discipline for that stuff.
  7. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Self taught, self motivated, self regulated, self medicated.:bassist:
  8. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Formally taught x1000000

    In saying that, its also 50% my own work
  9. Arsenal_Fierce


    May 28, 2008
    I'm self-taught on the bass so far, but I've taken classical guitar lessons in the past. I hope to get some formal bass instruction soon, though, because I can tell I need it.
  10. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I played on my own steam for nearly a decade before I looked for someone to take lessons from, and he flaked on me before the first one, so I have yet to have a single lesson. Some would say it shows. :D
  11. formally self taught!
    (i got this phrase from the Jaco video but thats my story too)
  12. b_carville


    Jun 26, 2008
    Self taught ,although when I was a kid a couple of older guitarists helped me out.
    When I first started to play(way back in the 60's) the electric bass wasn't considered a legit instrument by the older musicians.The only lessons you could get(in my hometown anyway) were from guitar teachers.I took 2 lessons from a guitar teacher & realized quickly that he didn't think like a bass player.
    I approached the older head bass honcho in town & he told me"Put down the tinkertoy & study the upright".
    I wound up teaching myself.I wound up not playing for 5 years in the early 70's.(BIG MISTAKE)
    Some guitarists became great bassists(Carol Kaye,Joe Osborn).
    There were great teachers in NYC but that was a long bus/train ride & they were expensive& I was really young.
    Some of you older guys may remember those days.You really had to search hard for information.But in a lot of ways that made it more fun!
    It's so much easier to get help/info/advice now and that's a great thing!
  13. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    I started playing on my own and realized I wasn't doing a lot of things right (I just had a feeling), so I took formal lessons from a guy a total of 2 or 3 times before he had a mental breakdown (not my fault). Then I found a great teacher who I studied with for about a year until he decided that after 16 years he was going to quit playing all together. This guy could play any instrument and he was throwing it away because he felt like he wasted a lot of his life doing this and it wasn't paying off financially. He was broke a lot and needed to get a "real" job. Shame... So after that and since then I've been self taught.
  14. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Never taken a lesson in my life. I can't stand people telling me there is a "right" and a "wrong" way to play an instrument. To me it's all about self expression and doing things your own way, it's more fun for me like that. Of course I take pointers on how to improve the parts of my technique that bother me, other than that I make my own style. :bassist:

    I am learning scales and what not from a good book I purchased a while ago called "Bass Roadmaps". :)
  15. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Q. What's the difference between an educated musician, and a self taught musician?

    A. A Self taught musician plays 3 chords to hundreds of people.......


    I'm self taught, but as I get older I wish I'd taken some lessons. I'm getting pretty jealous of some of the guys that come into the store (and fellow staff members for that matter) who clearly know their way around scales better than I do.
  16. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Self-taught on the bass guitar. But I had some formal music education as a kid, with a few years of instruction on my first instrument - tenor saxophone - plus about eight years of school band.

    That background made it relatively easy to transition to the bass, and made it much easier to accomplish things such as learn new music by ear, arrange music on the fly, conduct productive rehearsals, and so on... :meh:

  17. I bought a bass tried to teach myself for about a week than said **** this and started taking lessons...I'm a really impatient person. But with most other things in life I teach myself but I don't have any natural ability with music so after the first irritating week it was apparent I'd need someone to show me where to start.
  18. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Self taught. I could use some lessons. :help:
  19. self taught on the bass...and as far as keys..pretty much the same. I took less then two months of piano lessons in the 2nd grade but didn't get far on that...I play by ear. I just listen and find the note!
  20. KrisH


    Nov 6, 2007
    New Jersey
    Lessons in 5th and 6th grade on trombone. When I got to 11th grade and switched to tuba, I was given a fingering chart and told to learn it. Likewise, when I picked up bass a few years earlier, I used a Mel Bay book. That and my Grand Funk records!