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Posted by Paige Garwood on December 27, 1999 at 10:40:48:

In Reply to: Problem students posted by Ben Luttermoser on December 25, 1999 at 12:09:41:

: Hello! I am a bass instructor from Michigan. I've only been teaching beginners, and I am starting to get more advanced students. The main problems I am having are keeping the more advanced students interests up and dealing with the attitudes by older students who are a little uncomfortable with a teacher half their age.Anyone have any suggestions for teaching these nice, but frustrating people? Suggestions for lesson plans, books, etc.? You can e-mail me as well. Thanks in advance!!

: -Ben

I am 43 years old, and consider myself a fairly advanced all around player. This last year, though I was having trouble in a studio gig as well as on live gigs, and decided to get a new perspective. I found a teacher in the Metro Atlanta area that is 25 years old. I needed some new ideas and I needed my playing evaluated by someone who didn't know me. I took from Joe Luther for two months. I have to say - he was more uncomfortable with the age thing than I was. My stance was this... I love to play bass so much that I will take lessons from a 12 year old if he had something to show me.
The way Joe handled me was very nice. He was very respectful of my years of experience, and basically trotted out charts to run through for the first two to three weeks. He watched me play thru all sorts of stuff, funk, latin, Rock, etc. on the fourth lesson, he critiqued my playing... I needed work on left hand accuracy, and he also recommended Modal work and exercises (the modal thing was recommended after I told him that I was in a rut as far as soloing went). The next month we worked on those two areas... he kept it very focused. I will probably go back to him for a couple of months next year... it was worth every penny I spent.
I guess I would say that you emulate what Joe did... identify a specific area to work on.. most experienced players have chops, but there is probably a hole in their playing.. perhaps they are weak in LAtin Rhythms, Funk, or something. Joe identified the areas I was weak and focused on the most important two.
Hope this helps.

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