Dartez82 wrote: ↑
Fri May 11, 2018 3:29 pm
I feel like I'm in a loner phase of my guitar journey. After 9 years of lessons with 4 different teachers I decided to stop ...
I didn't feel like I was getting much value out of the lessons anymore. So I've been playing on my own for the past year ...
That is going well,however, I still feel I may be missing out on development by not having a teacher. But from my experience teachers always dictate rep and it doesn't seem to be the best thing for me ...
I want to continue to develop my skills with a teacher but I'm not convinced of one that is right for me. Thus I'm in this loner phase right now. Anybody else experience this? How did you handle?
I know EXACTLY what that "loner phase" you describe is all about! Its 8 years this month that I started back on CG. And I had to start from the complete beginning again. I did it on my own because after all, I knew what I had to do since I've already done it in the past. But, the question of a teacher was always in the back of my mind. I have not once contacted a teacher during this time although I have thought about the possibility of eventually seeking one out.
I have not yet gone to see a teacher because at this point, I STILL want to do what I want to do. I'm enjoying the process and working at my pace on whatever exercises, studies I want and even my own compositions. Were I to go to a teacher, then I'd have to accept right from the start that I would have to engage myself with that teacher's process and lose some of what I might have preferred to do. If all you want to do is YOUR stuff, then you don't need to go see a teacher except if its for special lessons to work out some specific issue and then goodbye until next time around.
And that's exactly how I've thought of it too btw: Money saved on a teacher is money saved towards a guitar... or two, as in your case!
It seems to me that you know what you want but may be afraid to "go it alone" after being under a teacher's wings for so long. Stay on your own for a while. You know what you have to work on to improve your playing and if you're a more advanced player, then progress might be a little slower as you've advanced far beyond the basic technique levels. Maybe its time for you to ride solo? Enjoy the ride!