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Duff McKagan is a regular Reverb columnist. Send your questions to askduff@seattleweekly.com .
Dear Duff:

I quit school in the middle of sixth grade (two

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Dear Duff: What Should I Do About School Getting In the Way of My Music?

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Duff McKagan is a regular Reverb columnist. Send your questions to askduff@seattleweekly.com.
Dear Duff:

I quit school in the middle of sixth grade (two years ago) and decided to go back to home schooling, because I couldn't handle public school. My mom enrolled me in an online school, which is really nice, because I can do school whenever I want. I had to start the school year late, in January, so I was already a little bit behind. However, I've been putting school on the back burner and playing guitar instead. This, of course, has forced me to work on school through the summer, and I'll still be behind when I start eighth grade next year. I'm a straight-A student, and I test at college levels, but I can't seem to turn the amp off and do my algebra. My mom's threatening to take my guitars away if I don't start doing school. What should I do?

Thanks,

Sunday

Hi, Sunday:

The thing that stuck out to me in your question was the fact that you state that you "can't handle public school." What is the situation there? Playing and having a passion for music is definitely key if you want to go further there, but doing things with others in a social environment is equally important. You've got to know how to be a "team player" to be in a band or just simply jam with other musicians. Social interaction plays a big part of finding people to play with. Sharing, learned by being in closed quarters often, will have payback when you write songs with others and tour and whatnot.

I, too, was good grade-wise in middle school. I started to fall behind, though . . . like you. I went ahead and got a GED, but I was always kind of jealous of those who actually graduated high school with their class. Sure, I was off playing music and working, but I didn't realize that suddenly I would feel sort of left out.

Sunday, pursue your music. By all means, it sounds like you have been given the gift of "passion" for your art. But try to do both, or at least, be prepared for feeling left out and alienated around others if you don't.

Duff

 
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