Do you still take lessons?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by WhatSharp?, Oct 19, 2004.


Do you take lessons?

  1. Yes - regularly

    12 vote(s)
  2. Yes - occasionally

    8 vote(s)
  3. Yes - but only for specialist stuff

    2 vote(s)
  4. No not any more

    14 vote(s)
  1. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    After a quick run through of Variations last Friday I have reached the conclusion that I might well need some advice on this (and my playing in general which has taken a bit of a down turn of late). However it did get me thinking, I haven't had a lesson for about 15 years or so and I wondered how many others are still taking lessons or not (Ok so this would be impossible to divide into age groups so I'll just make a generic poll).
  2. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Haven't taken actual lessons in years. Have occasionally sought out advice about certain passages, etc. I have the advantage of a father who was a professional player on the same instrument, so that's where I usually turn for advice.
  3. Ste69

    Ste69 Member

    Not brass, but we're all learning lessons in life (university of life, in the faculty of hard knocks, specialist subject - life and how to live it)

    I also learn't a valuable one on Saturday night in London concerning alcohol and my seriously dwindling tolerance of said substance.

    Could sometimes do with a lesson on brass though. I don't think it harms anyone to go back and brush up (perhaps knock out a few bad habits we pick up)
  4. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    I only had lessons for a couple of years when I was younger. After getting more and more frustrated about my level of playing during the last years, I decided to enroll myself in the city's music school. Lessons started last month, and I'm really glad I did it, although I have a very busy schedule now: lessons two times a week and I also play in the school's wind orchestra now (the first time that I played together with clarinets... )

    (In Belgium, almost all cities have an officially subsidized music school, with profesional music and instrument teachers. These schools are mainly intended for childeren, but are also open to adults)
  5. jpbray

    jpbray Member

    A thought! the sporting world has coaches, so why not have lessons/coaching sessions.

    I start playing late in life and have weekly lessons.
  6. flugelgal

    flugelgal Active Member

    I have lessons occasionally. If I could afford it I would get them much more often though.

    I think that no matter how good we are, there is always something that we can learn from someone else. The moment that we sit (or stand) there and think "I know it all" is when we stop learning. I personally think that we never stop learning (and that we never should!).

    I don't know what I'm going to do when I move away, as I know that I still have a lot to learn from my current teacher. I will just have to try to find someone as grumpy good to help me. ;)
  7. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    i still have lessons, got one in about 10 minutes as it happens! I've had lessons ever since i started playing, (about 6/7 years now) with the same teacher, and i think my lessons are really helpful! even tho i only get half an hour now (which i dont really feel is enough) it means i HAVE to practice more at home! :) get on really well with my teacher too-currently helping me "ascertain" the man i want to marry :) hee hee.
  8. fitzy

    fitzy Active Member

    I get as many lessons as I can of as many different teachers as I can. The day I stop learning is the day I give up playing!
  9. Griffin

    Griffin Active Member

    I have them for 'the special stuff'. As it happens, Im off to see Kevin Crockford tonight - Im playing Land of the Long White Cloud... need a bit of help.

    I'd have them more often, but I know Kev's a busy man... And Im a poor student :-(
  10. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    I haven't had a proper 'lesson' as such since the RCM in 1983. However, by listening to and learning from other players, I've picked up a few things (like a sore lip! ;-)) but it's something I meant to do but was just too busy, lazy or both to do it. I'll have a lot more time on my hands when moving to Arran so I intend to take some lessons again. Does anyone know how much Nigel Boddice charges?
  11. Tuba Dave

    Tuba Dave Member

    I have regular 'consultation' lesson (nearly 1 a week in fact) but its only cos there getting paid for by my uni!! :D :D :D :cool:
  12. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    I've been playing for close to ten years now and have never paid for a proper lesson! My neighbour gave me a few lessons when I first started and ever since I've just learnt through the band (beginners/youth/senior etc.)!

    I've started having lessons through the college now though - had my first one last week! :D
  13. Crazysop

    Crazysop Member

    I wish I still had lessons. Not had one since leaving uni. Does anyone know of anybody who teaches meagre sop players for a reasonable fee? In the manchester area?
  14. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    I dont have lessons anymore, but I give lessons

  15. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    When my friend moved from cornet onto tuba he went for lessons to James Gourlay, who was still studying with the great John Fletcher at the time.

  16. Even the top pros continue with lessons.......

    I wouldn't be surprised if Mr Webster or Wynton didn't still have "check up" type lessons from time to time.

    The nature of the beast that we play is that it is all to easy to drift away from the nearest we ever got to a "perfect set up", and self diagnosis can sometimes be difficult.
  17. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    I don't have regular lessons (in fact I never really did). My problem is trying to find the best teacher for my situation (not too expensive and an expert at my instrument). I do manage to get lessons every once and a while when I have a solo or test piece that I could use some help on or an extra ear for. I'm also very fortunate to have a wife who is a very good player and teacher to lend an ear when I practice as well.
  18. floral_dance

    floral_dance Member

    I have lessons almost every week, it is only when I or my tutor is on holiday that I miss them.
  19. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    Just think, I could end up with one of those myself!!!!! I'd be darn lucky!!!

    I would love to get lessons again. Now that I do more conductinmg then playing, I think I need some pushing in that area. It's a bit hard to find a good tuba teacher when you are the local brass specialist!!!
  20. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Now that you mention it, I am quite lucky. Is that your lovely prospect in your avatar?

    It is also difficult to find a good brass band tuba teacher (as opposed to orchestral in style) in the States. So now that I'm by London (another "orchestral" town it hasn't been much easier) although I haven't had a lot of time to look yet either.