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Thread #54650   Message #847269
Posted By: greg stephens
14-Dec-02 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: guitar tuners:good for beginners?
Subject: guitar tuners:good for beginners?
I am just getting involved in teaching guitar to asylum seekers, including some absolute beginners. I started off thinking, the first thing is youve got to learn to tune the thing. That's just the basic musicianship. But then I find it's slowing some people up, even putting them off.
   And let's face it, you dont need a good ear for that sort of thing to play the guitar. Same as a piano. Plenty of people with lousy ears who play piano to their own and others satisfacton, who couldnt tune onein a month of Sundays. Obviously you need a good ear to play fiddle or trombone, but why should I deprive someone of potential pleasure by insisting they can tune the guitar without a tuner? What should I do? Anybody got any experience/opinions?