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The Guitar Teacher's Guide to Dealing With Guitar Haters Online

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Every guitar teacher knows that there are some serious guitar haters out there. You can call them what you want, but they are only haters.

Guitar haters are people who poo poo on everything out there that is posted about guitar. They get angry that new content is released and posted on forums. They disagree with any opinion unless it came from their own brains.

Guitar haters need not be a bother to those who are involved with teaching guitar, and we guitar teachers need not be annoyed too much with them, either. This is the ultimate guide to dealing with guitar haters online.

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The Guitar Teacher's Guide to Dealing With Guitar Haters Online

  1. 1. THE GUITAR TEACHER’S GUIDE TO DEALING WITH GUITAR HATERS ONLINE A short manual for making peace with guitar jerks with keyboards The Teaching Guitar series from The School of Feedback Guitar
  2. 2. THERE’S A LOT OF HATERS OUT THERE Best HD Anger facebook cover by Tatiana T, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  3. 3. Posting content online, on different social networks and guitar forums, is one way of reaching more people with our content. AND YET, WE GUITAR TEACHERS HAVE A LOT TO SHARE, A LOT TO GIVE TO THE WORLD.
  4. 4. THE SILENT MAJORITY Guitar teachers who post their educational content online are silently honored by many, and publicly trashed by a few. John Basilone Parade in Raritan, NJ by MarineCorps NewYork, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  5. 5. IT’S TOO BAD THAT HATERS HAVE SUCH LOUD VOICES.
  6. 6. I’LL BE HONEST I want to reach a new audience each time I post and promote my guitar videos and content, but it’s more important to me to help people learn.
  7. 7. IT’LL HAPPEN… If you post any sort of content online, a hater will eventually see your posts and will leave a crappy comment. The right answer was SPIT !!!!!! Rikki's Refuge, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  8. 8. YOU’LL PROBABLY DEAL WITH IT BY…
  9. 9. GETTING REALLY ANGRY, OR angry face by Graeme Maclean, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  10. 10. FEELING REGRET AND ASHAMED ABOUT POSTING IN THE FIRST PLACE. Ashamed by Tommi Virtanen, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  11. 11. NEITHER OF THESE REACTIONS ARE HELPFUL.
  12. 12. HERE'S HOW I DEAL WITH HATERS: Get Physical, Think Compassionately, And Take Action.
  13. 13. GET PHYSICAL Workout by U.S. Army Europe, Public Domain Mark 1.0
  14. 14. Shadow-box for five minutes. Set a timer so you don’t stop early. This will immediately drain most crappy feelings in your body. Take a walk/hike/run. This will get you out of the house. Go make love. This will get you back into the habit of loving the world. Play a game of pickup basketball/soccer/whatever. This will remind you that friendly rivalry is a great way to energize yourself. Jump around your house screaming at the top of your lungs. Let loose! This will help you reinvigorate your creative juices. Get your guitar, turn it up LOUD, and headbang for ten minutes. This is just because it’s fun.
  15. 15. THINK COMPASSIONATELY Group Hug by Peter Harrison, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  16. 16. Haters probably don’t get laid as often as you do. Haters are really dissatisfied with their lives. That’s why they are haters! There are some haters who’ll assume you’re a spammer. They want to make you think that you’re part of the spam problem, that you should be ashamed to share what you know with the world. Some haters are threatened by risk-takers because they are super-scared to receive comments that threaten their worldview. Some haters can’t see past their own opinions. They live in a constant state of blindness to everyone else out there. They think everyone else is stupid. Some haters are jealous that you’re doing something super cool (and they’re pissed at themselves for sitting on the sidelines). HERE’S WHY HATERS HATE:
  17. 17. NOW, TAKE ACTION! Action by Fredrik Häger, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  18. 18. DELETE ALL NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON YOUR BLOG AND YOUTUBE CHANNEL. These are hatred-free zones.
  19. 19. BUT WHAT IF YOU CAN’T DELETE THE COMMENTS, LIKE ON FORUMS? REDDIT? ETC?
  20. 20. HOW TO DEAL WITH BAD COMMENTS ON FORUMS Remind yourself that haters are threatened by someone who has the guts to give freely and openly of his/her heart and knowledge. Remind yourself that not a single one of them has the balls to tell you the same comment to your face. Remind yourself that it’s no use getting angry or becoming regretful for posting. Both can wreck your day and waste your precious energy. Try giving something to someone randomly, just because. My favorite is to go to a coffeeshop and give the barista a 100% tip. Call someone in your family and tell them you love them (this one is amazing!) Use whatever leftover energy for a more constructive purpose. I wrote this presentation after receiving a particularly nasty comment on a Reddit post!
  21. 21. HATERS? BLAH… Don’t be angry at haters, and don’t be regretful that you posted. It’s a waste of your energy! After swimming by Dmitry Kolesnikov, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  22. 22. YOU PROBABLY POSTED A WONDERFUL POST THAT HELPED TONS OF PEOPLE help by Tyler Lewis, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  23. 23. You’ll be silently praised by many people. These people are your constituency. These are your peeps. Do it for them. REMEMBER THIS:
  24. 24. I’VE GOT SOME MORE IDEAS FOR YOU IF YOU WANT TO BE A FULL-TIME GUITAR TEACHER… I have an idea @ home by Julian Santacruz, Attribution 2.0 Generic
  25. 25. THE BADASS GUITAR TEACHER I published an online course on how to charge 100-250% more than most guitar teachers and make a great living at teaching guitar. It’s called: badass by Scio Consulting, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
  26. 26. THE FIRST VIDEO IN THE COURSE IS TOTALLY FREE: https://the-school-of-feedback- guitar.teachable.com/p/the- badass-guitar-teacher
  27. 27. I hope this presentation inspires you to give more freely of the wonderful gifts of guitar and music to the entire world. Don’t let the haters keep you from showing your heart! Heart by jchapiewsky, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

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