Posted by El Pájaro on August 09, 2000 at 06:30:58:
In Reply to: calling all family men posted by Tim Brosnan on August 08, 2000 at 20:26:31:
: Hello there everybody.I need help with something;however,only those with kids might be able to help with this one(although i respect ANYONES opinion.)
: My son is almost nine.He is showing an interest in music(i started on bass when i was ten.)I bought him a bass,and have started to show him some things.
: My question;should i teach him myself?I can definitely get him started,but if he decides to continue,would he be be better off with another teacher?I feel that even though he shares my name,his own musical voice may not develope(he may become a clone of dad.)
: Some people have already said get him his own teacher.What do you guys think?
: Peace,and keep on groovin'!
OK, I don't have kids, but here's my $.02 anyway.
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Jimmy Garrison's, Jerry Scheff's, Charlie Haden's and Dave Pegg's sons have developed their own personal styles over time.
If your kid looks up to you (as I'm sure he does, especially considering his very young age), he'll feel a strong desire to follow your footsteps whatever the profession or hobby you choose, but IMHO, as years go by young kids find their own voice and their own interests, no matter who gets them started.
Let me bring up a somewhat silly example: my mother is a judge, and when I was younger she got me interested in the law in the first place, which I ended up loving. I went to law school (and eventually graduated) all the while having her strong role model in mind. I really looked up to her (and still do), but as I was growing and learning, I also learnt to make my own mind about lots of legal issues. Sometimes we get caught up in discussions where each one has a viewpoint about 180 degrees apart from the other's. But I always remember I'm there discussing with the person who got me into this in the first place.
The moral? Don't be afraid to show your kids the right path ...they'll walk through it their own way. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
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