daniel_pliskin at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 18 18:59:20 CST 2005
I was hoping that this best teacher thread would evolve into something
more than mentioning names. Let me show you what I would have liked to see.
My first classical guitar teacher, whose name totally slips my mind, was a
ho hum teacher. I remember two distinct problems I had with him. First, he
never got it that the reason I had stopped practicing my assignments was
that I absolutely hated The Merry Farmer. It was years later, when I was
working on Requerdos de la Alhambra that I discovered that he also never got
me to hold my right hand correctly.
Mrs. Weinstein was an inspiration. I guess I was a good student, because I
tore through the material she assigned and evidently played it with some
sort of musicality. She was very fond of me and I of her. But testosterone
kicked in. I needed to play lacrosse and lacrosse won out over piano
(Talk about stupid. Ive touched a lacrosse stick only twice, since high
Bob Hubbard was my main teacher on oboe. Im sure hell admit to being lost
in trying to teach a jazz oboe player, when the repertoire he knew was all
classical. But I must have been getting something from it, because I stuck
with him for a few years.
But let me pause for a moment. You see, trombone is very different from
guitar, piano and even oboe. On those instruments, you wiggle your fingers
thus and so and the notes come out. Sure there are differences of opinion
about what the correct way to play is, but most of those versions of
correctness more or less agree with each other.
In contrast, the two good trombone teachers Ive worked with have worked on
getting me to find the correct way for me to play the trombone. So right
off the bat, their teaching technique had to be quite different. But let me
mention two trombone teachers Ive had, who helped me a lot.
I heard John Goves playing and was then and there ready to be his student.
John puts little slurs at the beginnings and ends of notes, kind of like
leading tones. Its pretty remarkable.
Phil Jerome is the other teacher. I only took one lesson with him, but it
was like going to a mind reader. I walked out of that one lesson with a
dozen things to work on.
But I also want to mention that this list has done a world of good for me.
First off, it was yall who got me to the point where I could tell a good
teacher from the rest. But also, it was this list that answered the
questions that I wasnt even up to asking yet. Thank you all.
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