jscott wrote: ↑Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:01 amIt's all just a casual friendly conversation--including your playing. After telling him a bit about your experience (how long you've played and what style, what books you're working with etc.) he may ask you to play something--anything, maybe just scales, who knows. It's normal to feel nervous and he'll understand. He may want to play with you back and forth on a piece that you're working on. No expectations! you don't have to play anything perfectly or even well, esp. the first time. Maybe focus on one piece and you can play some passages while he makes suggestions. That way you'll begin to relax and play the one piece better as you go along.
The first time i met with an instructor it didn't go well. I was too nervous to volunteer to play anything and never did. he was pretty self involved and never even asked me to play. That was my first and only meeting with that teacher.
Thanks so much Cathy. Great idea! I do need to sit down and think about what I want from these lessons and where I wanna be in the future. I got a couple pieces down and ready to perform. I'm changing the strings on one guitar tonight but just in case they don't break in fast enough. I got a spare guitarCathyCate wrote: ↑Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:23 amA lot will depend on your teacher. I suggest that you prepare a few pieces, scales and exercises to play upon request. Whether or not you use them in the initial encounter, this will give you something constructive to do while you are waiting for your lessons to begin.
For this fresh start and to show your guitar in its best light, change your strings soon enough to break them in.
Take a few moments to makes some lists. Write down your goals. What do you want to accomplish this month, this year, as a musician etc.? Try to be as specific as your imagination will allow. If there are any pieces you want to learn someday soon or even way into the future, share that information as well. That will make for interesting conversation and help your new teacher design a helpful roadmap that connects your ability and talent with suitable and graded challenges along the way.
The age difference will not matter if you are able to establish a good line of communication.
Just be yourself, and it should soon be apparent whether or not you are compatible enough to establish a solid working relationship. You seem like a good student off to a great start, because you care a lot. All the best!
Yes! I really wanna undo any bad habits I have and hope its not too late. I wanna tackle technique and position first. Get things set in stone and then start working on repitoire material. Classical guitar instructors are hard to find in my city, but Im eager to learn and make the best out these lessons. I hope he's ready for a learner. Nothing more I wanna do in life than to get profficient at this wonderful instrument!simonm wrote: ↑Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:23 pmMy first lesson basically involved the teacher seeing what bad habits I'd learned over the years of teaching myself. There was next to no "music" in the first lesson. He showed me hand stretching exercises and spent time on getting my posture correct and explaining the whys and why nots of good posture (guitar angle in 3D, shoulders, arms, pains/injury). The we talked about objectives and that was the hour pretty much done. We got to the basics of reading sheet music in the second lesson. Time flies at a lesson.
If you have not done so already, certainly consider a guitar support or a strap.
Probably not; just expect that you may have to work a bit harder. On the other hand, some ergonomic corrections may feel so much better that you'll pick them up right away!Yes! I really wanna undo any bad habits I have and hope its not too late.
I would be very careful about thinking like this. The fact is that the OP is not qualified to assess the teacher. Beginning students are really not in a position to have an opinion on things like teaching philosophy. Also although I sometimes joke around too much with my students, whether a teacher is fun or not is really irrelevant.Rick Beauregard wrote: ↑Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:50 pmRemember, you are auditioning him. He’s the one who should be nervous. Good advice about thinking about your goals, most admired performers, favorite pieces you’d like to play. But more importantly, can he take you where you want to go? What is his philosophy on teaching: just play pieces, just mind numbing drills, health mix of the two? Is that what you want to do? Does he control and direct you where you should go or just let you noodle through it? Rigorous or just fun? And is this the approach you want to follow? Can he connect you with peers? How does he give feedback? Positive, constructive, or negative, condescending and arrogant? Does he seem fun? Does he love teaching or is this just a gig to make money? Is he a skilled teacher or just shreds? Can he put things into words and demonstrate how to do it? Does he have a system? And finally, do you feel a connection?