Re: calling all family men

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Posted by kenny on August 09, 2000 at 06:54:02:

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'!

Hey Tim.......i can feel your good intentions here and it sounds cool to share the bass with your child......There is one lesson I've learned about teachers; there is no substitute for a GOOD one. What I mean is that you could play with the abilities of Jaco, but be a lousy teacher. Meanwhile a player of average skills with great teaching abilities is worth more in terms of teaching a beginner. Teaching is truly a art and not everyone is good at it. I would start the kid off and keep my eyes open for a good teacher. Then the two of you could work on his lessons together. He would have his own personal tutor AND a skilled teaching pro is his corner.

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