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Just gave my first lesson.

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Zack P
Apr 21, 2009 10:05 PM GMT

So as I was telling people on the chat, I just did a lesson with Hammik (hope he doesn't mind me saying so) and it was lots of fun. Maybe he will tell you guys how it went? I was quite nervous, but I think it went pretty good, and I had a lot of fun!



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Apr 22, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Congrats! The first of many...

One thing that I have noticed, and put this in the back of your head for down the road,is when the student starts to work on improv, things click together so much more quickly when the instructor is backing on a chord harmonica instead of a guitar, etc.

Apr 22, 2009 6:23 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Well I don't have a chord Harmonica but if you ever want to donate one!!! Just kidding :)

Apr 23, 2009 5:58 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Teaching is an art to itself and it's not as easy as it looks, trust me. At least you started with someone who isn't exactly a total newbie, which can be a lot tougher. The main thing, get both of you want in focus, and don't succumb to the temptation of overloading because few people can pick things up quick and they need time to woodshed, and with every step foward, there's gonna be a step or two back in the process, which is perfectly normal.

Apr 23, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Oh trust me Bob, I have TRIED to teach someone who has never played. That is outrageous, I tell you that much!

Apr 25, 2009 12:38 AM GMT
Hammik Replied:

Sorry I have been meaning to take some time to give a good response and I feel like I never have any time for anything. First off my ego did not want me to take this lesson because I have made it this far on my own but my reasoning set me straight. Zack is such a talented player and his YT videos really do not do him justice at all.

Zack has info about people that I had never even heard of and put me on to some techniques that I would have completely over looked and I am already starting to find ways to take this info and apply it to the style of playing that I want to play.

I am really looking forward to our next meeting.

Apr 25, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
Zack P Replied:

yay! Thanks Hammik for the nice words! You rock!!! :-D

Apr 25, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
Brandon B Replied:

Cool beans dude.

Apr 25, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
Bluesie Replied:

Hey Zack! Cool dude! I always have been kind of an instructor in my work because I was doin' design on a computer before everyone. It is a tough job but, one thing you'll realised (if not already) is how much it makes you learn too. Showing is learning. Transmission of knowledge is very satisfactory in itself so, if you get better doin' it also, it is a very good thing. Keep harping.

Apr 26, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i think probably the best way to learn is to teach. i have never given a harp lesson, i don't really have the technical background, but in some other areas i have trained people in a given field.

the hardest thing i had to face was that everyone is not going to "get it" the way i teach it. even if i walk someone through a procedure or way to do a thing, it doesn't mean they will remember it a day or a week later.

i do love passing on information and experience where i can, but guys like zack and others who have actually learned the mechanics, and can communicate them to others, they do the real heavy lifting. the difference is i took a very long time to get what i know in my guts where a good teacher can have someone on the road and making good progress in a relatively short time.

kudos to zack and you other guys who can teach effectively!

Apr 26, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
Garry Replied:

Thanks Blusie and Jawbone! It is definitely harder, but I think I will start reaching out more sooner or later!!! :-D

Apr 26, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Well, as you can see I posted by mistake under my Dad's name, hahaha.

Apr 28, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
Peter H Replied:

Teaching is the freaking best. When you teach someone and they are sucessful because of your input, that is a great thing. I've been teaching music since I was 16 and I find it to be the very rewarding for all parties involved. And the only way to learn how to teach is to teach!

I keep meaning to take harmonica lesson but havn't gotten around to it.

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