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How does the web effect the role model or mentor/student relationship? And can the internet be used to create more available options...

As someone who was taken away from there role model at a young age and not having another person around who shared my passion I've recognized the lack of role models and mentor available to people my age. (In there teens.) I like this incredibly skilled boy also found people to admire online and watching videos of other people play guitar (which happens to be my passion as well) taught myself to play.

The question is this, How does the web effect the role model or mentor/student relationship? And can the internet be used to create more available options for kids to find mentors and role models?

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    Aug 12 2012: I am very grateful you enjoyed my work, thank you so much.

    The internet is by no means a replacement or a substitute to the personal relationship and bond one develops with their teacher which can lead to more personal interaction and development of the student, HOWEVER, I do believe it is a powerful learning tool.

    Having come from a classical music background (I am a classically trained pianist and have been learning from the same teacher since I was 6 years old) I am very familiar with the student teacher relationship. It has led to my development as a musician and an artist.

    I am completely self taught when it comes to guitar and all the other instruments I play. I admit that due to my early musical training it is somewhat easier for me to pick up other instruments than it would be for someone completely unfamiliar with any sort of musical instrument but that does not mean one cannot learn form the internet.

    We have access to so much information on the internet. I could just pick and choose the pieces I wanted to learn, find instructions as to how to play them, look at different players approaching a particular piece differently and incorporate ALL of that into my playing style. The internet is my creative environment. I can choose to be surrounded by the best musicians and artists and can try to take my playing to an even higher level. and this is not just limited to music. Any art form can benefit from the massive reach the internet will provide it, be it film, fine art, dance. anything.

    People learn by watching and listening, observation and exposure. the internet provides all of that.

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