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What to look for in a teacher?
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So I finally have decided that I'm a bit stalled out in my learning. I know just enough to get my self in trouble (and have a bit of fun) but I'm kinda stuck in my progression. Well I finally found someone who's  near-ish to me. She specializes in fiddle (folk/celtic) music which I'm excited to learn, especially as she's even produced a record and I liked a lot of what she played.... but as they say sometimes the player is not always the best teacher....I'm curious for those who have instructors:

What do you look for?

How many teachers did you go through before finding the one?

Any info I should know/be wary of?

Any other helpful info?

 

Thanks for all your help 😀 I have my first lesson on Monday night so we shall see how it goes.

Lead me, Follow me, or get out of my way!

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The things you mentioned about the person you found are exactly what drew me to my teacher. Her teaching style has worked for me, and so far I haven't felt the need to switch.

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August 14, 2017 - 6:40 am
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rockinglr33 said
So I finally have decided that I'm a bit stalled out in my learning. I know just enough to get my self in trouble (and have a bit of fun) but I'm kinda stuck in my progression. Well I finally found someone who's  near-ish to me. She specializes in fiddle (folk/celtic) music which I'm excited to learn, especially as she's even produced a record and I liked a lot of what she played.... but as they say sometimes the player is not always the best teacher....I'm curious for those who have instructors:

First of all, that is great news. 

What do you look for?

Someone who can inspire you. Someone who plays the way you would like to and can  guide you to achieve your goals.

How many teachers did you go through before finding the one?

Could be many but hopefully you have found the right one right off the bat.

Any info I should know/be wary of?

Trust your gut. Listen carefully, ask as many questions as you feel necessary, don't be afraid to make a fool out of yourself. Your teacher if experienced has heard everything. Don't be shy...... If she lets you, you may want to record your lessons. It gives you the opportunity to study and take in the stuff that you may have missed. I always used to encourage my students to record their lessons.

Any other helpful info?

 Thanks for all your help 😀 I have my first lesson on Monday night so we shall see how it goes.  

Enjoy your lessons!!!!!

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but the one who needs the least."

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Someone who will push you in a good way.  Someone who will hold you accountable but also celebrate your success with you.  FM's advice about your instinct is about the best way to sum it up.  

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@damfino  I can say for sure now that apparently our way of looking for teachers is the way to go 😀 

@Fiddlerman  Thank you for the wonderful advice!  It was nice to read through it and have it confirm my feelings and really ensure that what I was thinking was on point 🙂 

@dpappas  I whole heartedly agree. If a teacher never pushes how do you grow?

 

Well I can say in one fell swoop it was a great violin lesson. Right off the bat she saw some issues I've been struggling with for ages (intonation) and immediately saw what my issue was (only playing with one finger down on the strings at a time) and suddenly I could almost always hit the notes! It was fantastic. She even kind of thinks like me and seems to jump all over the place a bit with learning but it keeps me engaged and excited. There was something so fun with having her play with me and me matching, and hearing myself match her that really was motivating. We even played a quick duet on a simple tune and a part A. B. on the same simple tune together.  

Now I can officially say she's my instructor!!! She's so upbeat and excited about playing. You can just see it in how talks about it and the excitement when she does play (even though she's recovering from shoulder surgery). Talk about a woman who is a great influence.  Even at less then 50% right now she played leaps and bounds above me. I can only imagine how she'll sound once she's up to 100% again! 

Anyone on the fence about getting an instructor should seriously consider it. Hopefully I can take her teachings and really begin to advance and have fun with them! 

Lead me, Follow me, or get out of my way!

             ~General George S. Patton

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Awesome, I'm glad you enjoyed your lesson! 😀 

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August 17, 2017 - 9:15 pm
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Great news. I'm very happy that you had a positive experience and that you are happy about your new instructor.

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