Rick Beauregard wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:54 pm
I think if we go by the rule and not the exceptions, generally it’s good to get early instruction from a good teacher. I’m not teaching. And I sometimes roll my eyes when Delcamper (many of whom are teachers) always say “get a teacher”. But saying “you don’t need a teacher” is different advice that doesn’t apply to everyone.
Good point. But I don't think I suggested that no one needs a teacher. That said, I do question whether "get a teacher" is in fact "the rule." Maybe in general or for young students, but as for the denizens of this forum many of whom are here because they are learning on their own and all I think who are seeking ways to improve beyond what a teacher can provide, the "get a teacher" refrain is perhaps not always that helpful. Maybe traditional pedagogy is the required route for those training for virtuosity, but I'm not sure it works that well for everyone. I can not count how many people I know who had 10+ years of formal training on an instrument in their youth and then never touch the instrument after they are 20. Something seems to not be working right.
As far as enjoyment versus discipline, I agree you gotta love what you do. But at some point any serious student will reach plateaus and valleys. It takes discipline to overcome these. I love what Pepe Romero said about rock music, and I think it applies. “Rock music is like cupcakes. And I love cupcakes. But you can’t live on cupcakes.” That is, you can’t survive only on what you love.
I'm not sure there are any technical or musical plateaus just motivational ones.... and motivation is a complex thing which is different for every person. Maybe Pepe Romero can't survive on cupcakes, but to Ritchie Blackmore (who BTW loves classical music), rock was something to which he devoted 15 hours a day practicing.
I don't really know the answer to these questions, but I think we should at least consider the possibility that the journey is more important than the destination.