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Rogerb

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I am soon losing my teacher who is patient, experienced, very close and inexpensive :(

I doubt he will find me a replacement who meets meets more than 2 of these, so was thinking of just trying some of the live, online teachers who advertise their services.
They are not inexpensive, I'm sure, but I'd hope to get enough from a 'set' of lessons to keep me going for a few weeks, rather than going every week, as I do now.

Has anyone tried such an approach, and, if so, who, and how did it go?
Thanks
 

Saxlicker

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Hi Roger,

I haven't but I am curious as to whether you have considered the down loadable lessons (other than resources from Pete) from say Randy Hunter? or Steve Neff?
If I read your post right, you want to take the lessons live and I guess that is so they are customised on the spot?

I ask because I think there is so much benefit from having every snippet of the downloaded material at your finger tips any time you choose and as often as you want. That eliminates the travel and patience thing along with respected players offering great levels of experience. Not forgetting these guys are contactable for support.
 

Rogerb

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Thanks, but I wonder how the downloaded ones can be tailored, for example, to my abysmal lack of knowledge of music theory?
Most such things I have investigated have 'lost me' within a few minutes!
I thought that, if I could talk to a real person, in real-time, we could go for something most useful.
Greg Fishman does it, as does Tim Price....I have one of Greg's books, and I like his style.... Tim I am not so sure of.
Steve Neff's stuff confused me very quickly...too theoretical .... love his mouthpiece reviews, though!
 

Pieter

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I have weekly lessons with Tim Price and I have taken a single lesson with Greg Fishman and it really depends on what style of teaching you like. Greg Fishman is very structured and starts from the basics while Tim Price takes a more general approach and let you try things from a lot of different perspectives, he has ton of experience and stories about playing with the jazz greats and performing/living as a musician in general. I preferred Tim's approach, but you might prefer Greg's. I suggest you take a single lesson with both of them.
 

Rogerb

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Thanks Pieter aand welcome to the forum :)
(I typed a long-ish reply which appears to have gone into cyberspace!)
The gist was that one may be more appropriate than the other, depending upon, a) how good you are to start with, and b) how you just feel you 'get along' with the tutor.
May I respectfully ask how long you have been playing, and what sort of standard of playing you feel you have reached?
I got an impression ...possibly incorrect.. that Tim might be better suited to those who already play pretty well?
 

Pieter

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Thanks for the welcome.^^ I have been playing for 5 years I think and I'm pretty serious about it. I practice quite a lot(but not enough) 3 hours plus 1,5 hours of piano and singing. I don't really know anything about your level of course but I'm sure that both will teach according to your level.

I know this doesn't really answer your question but I think the only way to find out is by trying.

Good Luck!
 

Rogerb

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Yes, I think it does help....5 years of serious practice (plus your other musical activity) suggest a degree of competence which I don't have, and I'd expect that Tim would be good for you :)

Thank you, your input has been useful.
 

saxyman

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Have you looked at Smart Music. It may meet your needs and is only around £30.00 per year, it caters for all lessons and I have found it to be useful.
 
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