Monday is usually when I catch up on emails and do various office tasks. I’m usually pretty assiduous about keeping up-to-date but a busy March has meant that meant that I’ve let things slide a bit. In fact, I’ve not been able to see the top surface of my desk for about 3 weeks now.
In the evening I have lessons with my three regular students, one on bass and two on guitar. My approach is to find out what the students want to acheive and then work with them to realiase this aim. I make my living out of playing guitar but most people simply need a way to express themselves musically. A rigorous approach to music theory and playing can easily ‘turn off’ students and be counter productive. This was the case with my most recent student who gave up learning with his previous teacher because he was acheiving what he wanted.
The great thing about the guitar is that it is a very flexible instrument and can be used for accompaniment as well as playing melodic lines. It is also very portable which perhaps explains its place as the most popular instrument of all time. Not only is it the top instrument, there are also more guitars out there than all the other types of instruments combined.
By the way, I’m registered with the Music Teachers’ website which is a good place to find a instrumental teacher near you. It has a parntership deal with the Musicians’ Union and supports the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund.