Topic: Expecting things for free
I would like to get some opinions on the subject of expecting things for free.
It seems we are now in a world where just about everyone expects to get things for free. This seems to be the case with the younger generation and is the direction the world is going.
In my experience, I had to spend a ton of money over the years buying magazines, books, methods etc. not to mention paying for guitar lessons before the digital age changed everything.
I also had to buy the music if I wanted to play the guitar magazine tab along with the recording. No special software that plays the tab, just old shool learning how to play guitar. I also learned the art of patience, which is just about non existent today.
Have you ever heard of the term "I don't know what it is, but I want it". This is purely a lack respect for things and just wanting things that you don't need (oh yea I forgot to mention I want it NOW!)
If I didn't have the money for lessons, guess what, the my teacher said "come back when you can afford the lessons".
That sounds kinda rough, but think of the guitar teachers point of view. He was a graduate from Berklee College of Music and had to pay back his tuition.
I even asked another Berklee College graduate for a FREE guitar lesson when I was completing my Electronic Engineering Degree and guess what he said "I had to pay for college so why should I give you a free lesson"? I said because "I want to take sort of a test drive lesson". His response was "I didn't get that type of test drive in Berklee, why should you?"
This is when people actually valued their learning experience because they had to pay for it in money and time.
I understand how to value someones time and actually pay for it. Things have changed quite a bit since then.
When I was learning to play guitar the sheetmusic, recording industry and other guitar related compainies were thriving and doing well.
Just about everyone expects some things for FREE nowadays. Some people go as far as lying and saying they can't afford lessons and most of the time someone comes to the rescue and bails someone out (yes people lie about things like this just for freebies).
Look at justinguitar.com saying if you can't afford lessons then there are free lessons available.
There are some free lessons, but there is a blurb asking for donations and there are quite a few lessons that are for sale not to mention the google ads. This is an indirect way to make money and the FREE statement is not entirely true.
Not everybody is making a comfortable living and can afford to give things away for free.
I am sure there will be quite a bit of negative resonses, but be honest so we can all make sense of this valid and true post.