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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 443
    edited July 6
    Well for most of my learners playing rock tunes is enough for them, they never stay long enough to be able to want to become a jazzer or read music. I do use tab, rhythm stems, chord charts and diagrams, just not the dots.
    It pays the bills and keeps them interested for the duration they're with me.
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  • BlueingreenBlueingreen Frets: 729
    Yeah I'm seeing it from my own perspective.  I've been an on-and-off player, going years (decades!) of not playing but on the whole I've still taken it more seriously than the guy who just wants to play a bit of rhythm on a few tunes for his own amusement.
    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.” Bertrand Russell

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  • VibetronicVibetronic Frets: 286
    I think reading is really useful - wish I could do it better. I can read, slowly - learned as a child - definitely a useful skill to have, and even being able to read slowly has come in very handy. In the context of lessons though, I've barely used it. I do offer it, but generally students (the ones I have, anyway) don't want to learn it, and just want to learn songs they like/styles they like for fun, and don't want to read music. I do have a couple of younger students who've dabbled - one actually asked to learn it, but getting him to keep his attention on it is another matter as it's a fairly dry subject imo. I always try and teach the rhythmic aspect of it though, as that's definitely invaluable (again, imo) whether you read properly or not. I did have an older student who wanted to read, and we started on that, but it was really only to tide her over until she found a proper classical guitar tutor. Which I am definitely not :)
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  • DulcetJonesDulcetJones Frets: 410
    I don't push note reading but I do try to get students to pay attention to the chapter on time and how to count.  I'm a reasonably fluent sight reader but in recent years no students want to go that route.  One surprise a few years ago, I had a 15 year old that was starting bass lessons.  After a few lessons using just tab it was looking like he wasn't really getting it and he suggested we start from scratch with notes.  Within a year he was playing in a cover band doing "Rage Against the Machine" etc, and killing it.(in a good way)

    Whoever called it "rush hour" should not be allowed to name anything else.

    Dulcet Jones Creepy Music Blog http://dulcetjones.blogspot.com/

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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 443
    The thought of reading notation scares learners sometimes, so its only rhythm reading, tabs and chord charts I normally do. Rhythm notation is probably the one I stress the most as it doesn't matter what it is you're playing or what style it has to be in time and accurate. Some can learn by just watching my hands but I will always do the tab and rhythm so its there.
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