I looked at these questions:
And am wondering on a similar topic.
I've re-started taking guitar lessons, with the goal to be able to play jazz music freely without having to know and practice the piece beforehand. So I want to learn improvisation, playing by ear, accompanying a soloist, etc...
Trouble is, I have 0 musical understanding. My ability can be summed up as: "Through repeated practice I can teach my fingers to do something that makes a guitar play music".
I started taking lessons with a fun teacher who really helped me get back into guitar playing, understanding equipment (I bought my first e-guitar with his help). He also gave me some nice pieces for level, and I learned to (slowly) read notes.
My life partner is a classical singer (opera sopran), and is also taking lessons, when we happened to talk about how I could possibly accompany her as a guitarist. She mentioned this to her teacher, who referred me to another guitar teacher who apparently has played a few concerts guitar/sopran duet.
So I went and said hello to this new teacher, and practiced for an hour together, after which he made a few suggestions for training, that included comments on my body position, scales, finger technique for right and left hand, Etudes, interval training, ... he said that if I want to be a good Jazz guitarist, I should first build a solid foundation in classical guitar.
I really like the new teacher's approach, since I feel that it addresses the basics hat I have never learned, and that he can guide me step by step specifically tailored to my lack training in certain abilities. Plus he also genuinely seems to be interested in me becoming a better guitarist. But he doesn't seem too interested in Jazz - I idolize music by Luiz Bonfa and Pat Metheny, not Segovia.
My old teacher on the other hand supports my goal, but there is only weak structure in my lessons and not much focus on fundamentals. It's kind of like self teaching and having someone to check you once a week. I think it would be really fun to practice improvisation with him, since I really like the way he plays and approaches music, but I honestly am not yet at the level where I feel comfortable improvising at all.
Additional Info: I practice at least an hour daily, currently alternating two classical days with two Jazz days. I'm also working on preparing to play with a Big Band, although I don't know if they will take me. At the moment I will continue with both teachers, but I haven't told my old teacher about the new one yet.
Options I'm considering:
- Switching just to classical lessons, and practicing Jazz on my own (using Notes from the Big Band and three Jazz Booklets I have).
- Continuing with both teachers at the same time, but I want them to be aware of this.
- Should I continue with both teachers?
- How do I tell my old teacher about the new teacher?