Hey everyone! As promised, here I am with my views on the topic of self-taught musicians! Today I’ll share my thoughts and experiences, based on an interview with rock legend Dave Grohl.
In the interview he talks about how he wants to figure out things on his own. I have this experience too; it’s awesome to discover new things by yourself. I think that’s where a great deal of the pride of self-taught players (that Grohl also talks about) comes from, but I have to add that I don’t entirely agree with the origin of that pride. Sure, it’s admirable that you learn something by yourself, but so much is still based on the work of others, even if there was no teacher to convey it to you.
Grohl explains how he didn’t want to spend his money on expensive lessons and that’s how I feel too. I won’t deny that a couple of lessons would be beneficial for me, but I want to do things in my own tempo. This is a flexibility that lessons don’t have. I know it has disadvantages, but it’s how I prefer to do it.
With a teacher you have more direction and guidance to improve your skills, but teaching yourself is a skill of its own. I believe that a critical look towards oneself is an important attitude for anything you learn by yourself (for example by recording myself I can view my own playing and judge it as if I were looking at another person).
I want to end with a quote from the interview:
I honestly believe that if you’re passionate, and you’re driven and focused, you can accomplish anything that you want to do.
In the end, I think this is what is most important, irrespective of whether you take lessons or not.
Thanks for reading! Next week we take a look from Lichen’s point of view!