khayes wrote: ↑Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:52 amI'm really trying to get my head around your philosophy. Maybe you could explain how you arrived at this idea.
Of course, I didn't mean this literally . . . but figuratively speaking. Even at an elementary level, there are personality traits that are revealed about a musician. Is he bold, timid, expressive, conservative, thoughtful, dull, etc. when he plays? Excellent teachers can see this very quickly with their beginning students in spite of their limited technique and initial insecurity with the instrument. This knowledge is also fundamental to whether a great teacher will accept certain students for advanced study. They don't want to waste their limited time with a student they do not believe has potential to be a special player, not just a better one. That's the difference studying with an "artist" or just a good teacher. A great friend of mine, who has since deceased, was the principal bassist with the Chicago Lyric Opera for 40 years. His time was very limited by his concert schedule, studio work, gigs and personal life and he would never accept a new student without an audition. He told me he never judged by technique alone but whether he felt the student had the potential for musicality. Many times an audition would last less than a minute and at other times he would listen for up to a half hour before making his decision. He was a very kind person but he never encouraged a student that he believed lacked real potential. How did he do this? By listening to them play. I hope this helps. Playing again . . . Rognvald