In this article we interview the jazz guitar teacher Marc-André Séguin from JazzGuitarLessons.net
Hello Marc-André, could you please tell us something about you?
Marc-André Séguin is the webmaster, "brains behind" and teacher on JazzGuitarLessons.net, the #1 online resource for learning how to play jazz guitar.
Marc-André draws from his experience both as a professional jazz guitarist and professional jazz teacher to help thousands of people from all around the world learn the craft of jazz guitar. This includes over 5 years of teaching one-on-one on Skype and over 15 years of teaching "in person" lessons.
Nowadays the web is full of resources and useful guitar-related stuff. In your opinion, is it possible to become a good self-taught guitar player? Or it's mandatory, at least at the beginning, to learn from a real teacher?
I must admit, I am myself very much self-taught ... so I believe it is possible to become a good self-teached guitarists. I believe when people *know* what they want, they'll go after it.
What do you think about skype lessons and the like? Do they work? Do you usually give remote lessons?
I have been teaching on Skype and Facetime for the past 5 years. It works wonders. It allows teachers to work right from their studio and it saves students commute time and gas. Personally, since I'm very specialized (Jazz), most of my students are international (USA, Australia, all parts of Europe, Japan, China, etc.) Without Skype, I would never be able to teach that much!
Free youtube videos or well-established pay websites such as Guitartricks or Jamplay?
I personally believe that the future of learning (anything) is in free education. You get so much for free that you can become an expert at pretty much anything, right from the web. Nevertheless, teachers (content providers) can still make money by selling *some* of their stuff to the more serious students. For example, on JazzGuitarLessons.net, 95% of the lessons are free. Everybody is free to look at everything, and decide if the more involved materials suit them (or their budget!)
Do you have some favorites software or apps that you use in your daily teaching/practice? Could you name a few?
I'm very old school when it comes to learning music. Tuner, metronome, picks, amp, guitar ... I don't even have a metronome app on my phone! However, there's a software I couldn't live without: Song Surgeon. In Jazz especially, learning solos can be a very hard task. But this kind of slowing down / looping software makes it all easy. Other than than, I use Sibelius for notation, Screenflow and Keynotes to create most of the premium content. iMovie for quickie lessons.
Please give a hint to the guitar learners of 2014.
Know what you want, set goals, prescribe exercises to reach them ... get organized and practice!!! Get off the internet, and play your instrument more.
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