Folks often ask, 'I want to learn the banjo (or fiddle or guitar or whatever). Do I need to have a teacher or can I just teach myself?' The answer is, yes, you can teach yourself; some of the greats have done it that way. That said, there are many, many reasons that, if you can find a music teacher, and you can afford one, that's the way you should go.

Having someone SHOW you how to play is just way easier than figuring it out on your own. And having someone who can watch your progress, and guide your learning, and help you over the rough spots will making learning a new instrument much faster and more efficient. And then there's the little matter of teaching yourself and MASTERING MISTAKES! That's one road you don't want to go down.

Can you teach yourself? Sure. Should you? Not unless you absolutely have to.

We've put together a listing of about one hundred instructors scattered around California. click here to have a look. If you can't find one there, look for yourself on the Internet or in the phone book. Or better yet, ask a really good picker in your area who taught her/him.

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Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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