Essential Secrets 16: Hire a Teacher You Trust
Hire a Teacher You Trust
Getting the Guidance You Need
Successful people surround themselves with experts. Businesspeople have mentors. Athletes work with coaches and trainers. Presidents employ policy advisors.
All bassists should follow these examples by hiring a bass teacher. Your lesson teacher will serve many functions for you:
· Give you feedback on your technique and sound.
· Show you the best fingerings to use.
· Help you decide what music to learn.
· Keep you motivated when the going gets tough.
· Set goals and help you meet them.
· Offer pointers on instruments and accessories to purchase.
· Introduce you to people who can help you meet your musical goals.
There is one other very important function that a teacher serves: Your teacher gives you deadlines. When you know you are supposed to learn some music by your next lesson, you are motivated to get the job done. Self-imposed deadlines seldom have the same impact. Don’t underestimate the power of deadlines created by your teacher.
It’s clear that bass teachers are beneficial, and, as the title of this secret suggests, it’s important that you fully trust your teacher. You should look forward to your next lesson and know that your teacher has your best interests in mind.
In today’s world, where you are bombarded with media messages designed to make you feel inadequate, great bass teachers do just the opposite. They inspire you to do your best. They point out difficulties you’re having and offer solutions to you. They make sure that their teaching is designed specifically for your needs.
Practicing happens alone. You need feedback on a regular basis if you want to succeed. A good bass teacher will save you extraordinary amounts of time by guiding you on exactly what you should be practicing.
Books by David Motto:
THE TEN MINUTE
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET