The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #14219   Message #123999
Posted By: _gargoyle
14-Oct-99 - 07:33 PM
Thread Name: Three-chord songs
Subject: RE: Three-chord songs
Enough jesting and nose tweaking.

In all seriousness.....if you are serious about becoming a serious musicianthe most important decision you will ever make is in the selection of your teacher. It is critical.

Listen to them play.
Go to a recital and listen to their students play.
If you are bold, give them a test on sight and ear playing.
Find out their background/training where do they play now?

Your lessons should include:
1. Learning and polishing pieces for performance
2. Sight reading notes and even tab
3. Theory (learn the what and why of things)
4. Techniques -insights - avoiding pitfalls,traps,bad-habits.
5. Ear training
6. Accompaniment
7. FUN!!!!...(you should admire the teacher, communicate well, and feel proud when your practice yields fruit.)

Wether one is a child or an acomplished professional we all need teachers.