I know a lot of teachers who get upset, or impatient with their students. I know one guy in his 60s that is a great jazz and classical teacher who makes, not only his students, but himself miserable. Every time I see him, he says, "They're all idiots, no one wants to really learn anymore."
He has the most complex, elongated methodology I have ever seen. I can't imagine any light at the end of the tunnel for his students. To follow his method would require the patience of Job, but he has none himself.
What a strange dichotomy.
I like teaching 6 year olds, but my favorites are the 45 to 55 year old men. I love it when I see them get all choked up. LOL. They usually are willing to work very hard, because they've been at it for awhile with no success. I wish I could give my teenage students their work ethic.
I also love the house mommies who bring the little ones, and try to watch them while they have a lesson. Talk about patience. I couldn't do it. But they will be working hard on something, and then stop to say, "don't eat that", then right back to work without a bat of an eye.
Donna said:You must be a patient teacher to be so kind and gracious after I rattle on so. Take care,
LOL! You got me figured out! Patience is what I am known for, and is why my teaching practice is filled with so many little kids. I get calls all the time, "I hear you are a very patient teacher, that's what my child needs". :)
I am doing a workshop at Elderly Instruments, in Lansing, Saturday, April 4th.
Isn't your restaurant out that way? I'd like to stop by and say hi.
Thanks for the testimonial too,
David Shier said:Hi All,
I don't know that I have anything I could add as a teacher, as I don't 'teach teach' music, but in my life time I have learned guitar, trumpet, french horn, and guitar again ( between when I first picked up a guitar at age 10 and when I started learning again at age 21 I didn't pick up a guitar at all so I had forgotten most of it) and taught people a thing or two here and there. I feel though that I must say that Robs method is exceptional, even friends I have shown it to that have much less musical background that I do think the same thing. Sure, it's a little ambitious at parts for some, but it really makes good sense the way he presents much of the material; especially when you start to look at his hands and realize certain things such as the daunting F#7 is really just an E7 slid up and barred, this doesn't make it any less of a reach, even for nimble cooks hands like mine. I think if people really pay attention to the videos and how he presents things it makes it a lot easier than it looks. Just my two cents from a learners point of veiw,
I usually do a little triage with groups, and see who can do what, and separate them, according to ability, never stressing the weakness, but the strengths. For the ones with poor rhythm skills, I call them the melodically strong, or vice versa. I put them with their own kind, and give them simple parts such as two notes to pluck.
In the key of G, I would have them do, "I've Been Working On the Railroad", with only G, C and D7.
I would have the little ones pluck the open G string in time, on both the G, and the C chord. When it came to the D7, I would have them play the second fret of the G string, A, and let them just drone through those two notes accordingly, focusing on the rhythm, and when to change. This will let them feel part of what the older kids are doing.
Most of the little ones know "I've Been Working On the Railroad", and G is a very kid friendly key for that tune, that is right in the middle of their range, so the will probably sing this one.
I'm using the tuning G, C, E, A from low to high, or 4th to 1st, jut in case you use a higher tuning.
Nice to know I'm not alone on the uke lessons for the kids.
That's the best image I've heard in weeks; a nine-year old girl loving and playing Jimi Hendrix. She sure has good taste. Must be awfully brave too; "Purple Haze" is not an easy song to sing. If you ever get a chance to post audio or video of her playing, even a still picture, I'm sure it would be a big hit.