Teaching is not, and will never be about the teacher. It's about the student, it's his goals to reach, his playing to develop, and his future in the balance. The teacher is only here to guide him (or her) on the way to reach these goals. He has to adapt to the student, not force his way to do things onto him. If your teacher makes it about what he did, who he is rather than who you are/could be, then maybe he should stick to being a musician
TBT to my most popular post EVER. This is still something I do every practice session. This is a great warmup exercise to work your finger independence. This grid is all the possible fingering combinations for playing a basic 1-2-3-4 pattern. Choose a combination and play it up and down the string sets. Use that metronome to keep good time!
The dilemma of the self-educated man or not recognizing that internal coach may need training. (Don't worry I'll keep the Sartre "La Nausée" references to a minimum.) Autodidacts face a unique problem in that the process of learning is not simply to expose oneself to information (unless you're William James Sidis - a name worth googling), but to actually create contexts and meaning for the material you're trying to learn. We become our own musical coaches in practice sessions trying to guide ourselves through the perceived necessary steps to get to the goals that we have.
The problem is, most musicians have no idea how to coach and even if they do - it's rare that a musician has their own goals mapped out clearly enough to be able to coach themselves effectively.
What does this look like as a real world example? Drilling exercises over and over again and never perceiving any real gains in your playing.
How are you supposed to be able to guide yourself through something you've never been through before?
There are some ways to do it, but it helps to have. a guide who has already been there! This might be a teacher or a mentor. A player who already has the style down that you're looking to learn.
Pro tip - No one has spent more money on determining what training methods work than professional sports. Will Billions of dollars at stake, no expense is spared in research and data collection on the off chance that something yields better performances (and thus makes the owners and league more money). If you don't want to go seek out a teacher, go to your local library and find some books on athletic coaching and see how you can adapt that to your own practice sessions and learning. One recommended book, "Train your mind for athletic success." If you're learning on your won and you aren't reaching your goals. Check to see what your internal coach is telling you to do and then ask to see his or her credentials. Chances are they're untrained like you are. I'll talk more about the importance of self testing in the next post - but it's easy to mistake effort for progress. Assessment is a learned skill. Start working on it now!