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first lesson jitters!!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 @9:24:08 PM
|I've been fooling around for a week now and with the help of a book and dvd, got Boil Them Cabbage Down figured out and was playing it through - my boyfriend was impressed! I get to my first lesson tonight and I froze, completely froze!! So, next week, I will do whatever to relax and at least get through the song!!|
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008 @9:34:39 PM
It happens all the time. Your teacher doesn't expect you to play perfectly at all, and sees lots of student freeze up. Some allow a student to warm up during lesson time, but I don't- most of mine show up early and warm up for 10 minutes or so before their lesson. This may help you. If you freeze, just ask the teacher to help you get started, and you'll relax. Don't worry; within a few lessons, you'll be all right. And your teacher will make mistakes, too, so watch to see how he/she handles it when a mistake is made.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 @2:32:06 AM
Don't worry about a mistake or two. It won't be long before your instructor will be demonstrating something to you and make a mistake him/herself. My instructor makes all kinds of mistakes when he demos something for me. Of course, I only ask him to do difficult things that he isn't ready for. Anyway, after you've heard him make a mistake you can joke about hearing him make a mistake so it is only fair for him to hear you make a mistake. Enjoy the lessons and PLAY BOLDLY.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 @3:51:57 AM
Hi Sharon! Well, I haven't had any lessons from a teacher yet, but I have to say, even when I'm practising and no-one can hear me, I get somehow "scared" about trying the next note in case I get it wrong - some kind of freezing I suppose. Just need the courage to play ALL the wrong notes if that happens, and just have fun and try again. It's a great sound, the banjo, and nobody is going to do anything to us when we don't always get things right. Remember - great sounding instrument, music, smile when your practising and have fun fun fun!. Best wishes from the UK. Bryan.
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