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Re: 5-strings....Pickup enhancement.....Or am I getting bored?

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on February 10, 2001 at 17:29:12:

In Reply to: Re: 5-strings....Pickup enhancement.....Or am I getting bored? posted by Daniel on February 08, 2001 at 14:16:38:

: 1. No refunds on lessons. They're at a discounted price anyway.

: 2. Can't get any other tutors. Why?

: a) More expensive

: b) None in local area

: c) Hard to find accurate scehdule(I never know what I'm doing one weekend to the next)

: d) Parents won't trust my judgement when a tutor approved by my school and is getting along fine with other bassists doesn't work with me. The way they look at it, I'm the problem, and they won't pay more money/go to more trouble to get me a tutor that I've picked. What do I know about bass, I'm the weird one who the teacher couldn't get along with.

Oooooh, that's not good...

Besides hearing that you're the "worst bassist he's taught", have you talked to this tutor about the problems you're having? Remember, you're *paying* for this (or your parents are, anyway); he's *not* giving it away for free! The way he's doing, you're not getting your money's worth, and to be perfectly honest, his other students aren't either.

The simplest answer is that he needs to give you *individual* attention. If he can't, he should group you with other students at *your* level, not higher. Tell him what you need. Tell him that several professional players have told you that it's not doing you *or* him any good the way it's going now.

If nothing else, I'd be glad to write a letter for you, explaining *exactly* what you need in order to progress effectively, that you'll be able to print out and give to him, just so you'll have some moral support, if nothing else.

: I can teach myself scales, and technique, but it's a little hard to pick up music theory from a .txt file, lol

: All I can do now is about 20 tabs, I've made a few up, and I can do a C-Major scale, but I have no chance of memorising all the others, especially when there are about 5 different ways to do each one, and implement my own.

I'll agree that it's difficult to pick up theory from a .txt file, but at the same time, a book on theory is exactly the same thing, isn't it? :-)

Piano is the best instrument to learn theory on, in my humble opinion; the relationships between notes are *much* more easily distinguished that way.

If you've already made up some of your own tabs, then you've obviously got some basic grasp of music theory.

If you can play one scale, you can learn the notes and fingerings for any other. The trick is to figure out which fingering works most easily or effectively for you.

You're actually learning, in spite of your tutor's best efforts to prevent it!

: Any more ideas? Im out.

See above, and let me know what you think. :-)


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