I've been playing for 37 years (old coot!), but I've taught on and off, here and there, for 27 of those years, and I've always found it interesting and rewarding, even with total beginners. I'm oriented towards the neuroscience of learning and I think that if you learn basic music theory you'll be able to grab what I consider the musical brass ring: to compose and improvise in any key, for any mood or situation.
Do we admire the hell out of our favorite rock guitar god? Oh hell yea: but we should learn from them as a way to become OURSELVES.
There is now very good brain science that suggests anyone, at any age, can learn a musical instrument. (There was a time when neuroscientists believed that if you didn't start before age 15 or so, you'd never really learn to be a decent musician. This is flat-out wrong!)
Besides theory, I'm a big believer in improvisation and articulation of emotions through the entire body. Standing up and playing variations on a riff, lick or theme - consciously - is a fantastic way to realize something new in your playing. I've developed some methods to achieve this, but they're somewhat esoteric. However, it seems to work.
Now, that said: we can learn songs, licks, famous melodies or chord progressions, (You can play "Smoke On The Water"? Cool. But can you play Blackmore's solo?), work on patterns, use the metronome. I'm really well-versed in the blues-rock masters (Hendrix/Clapton/Beck and especially Page), on up through Blackmore/Schenker/Trower, then Van Halen/Rhoads, then late 90s shred. I love metal from 1975-92...
My favorite guitarists are guys like Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, and Ron Jarzombeck, but I don't play like them. I'm working on it!
There are all sorts of ways to learn and get better and make sense of what you're doing, and a lot of it's online. If you feel the need to hash out stuff face-to-face with an old timer steeped in these modalities, I'm available at $25/hr, or $35 if I come to you in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, and even Sebastapol, I guess. Them thar parts anywayz...
Warning: I'm going to try to coerce you to play Bach and jazz stuff - for your own Rock good - but you don't have to do it. When we practice, we need to combine fun with a bit of a challenge, and also be aware of what our weaknesses are, and work on those every day. RAWK ON!
[Drop me a line and let me know what you want and I'll tell you if I can help. If you just have a few questions you need answered, I can quite probably do it via email or over the phone for free.]
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