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Offline josh93248

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Offer of Free Piano Lessons
« on: June 30, 2016, 11:51:55 AM »
To put it simply, I am offering free piano lessons over Skype. There are conditions and I do hold the right to terminate the "free" or even "lesson" part of my offer at my discretion. I'm sure many Pianostreet Veterans will consider this a bad idea but I don't particularly care, I'd like to gain experience as a teacher and I'm confident that whilst my approach may not work for everyone I think it could help those looking for something a bit different.

That said, here is what I am offering:

Half hour Skype lessons, to be had on average once a week, though more frequent or longer lessons may be arranged on mutual agreement.

I teach towards learning particular pieces through my own teaching style.

I do not advocate for much (or, in fact, any) purely "technical" exercise but I will not force anyone who wishes to do them to cease them.

I am not particularly educated on improvisation so please don't expect me to teach much in that regard.

I try and encourage as much free expression as possible but also as much rigour and accuracy needed to back up that free expression.

I do not teach out of someone else's book, nor according to any school, I try and teach flexibly but according to what I know and my own understandings of piano playing.

A particular focus of my own technique and my teaching is on fingering and the advantages of analysing technical problems in order to solve them rather than repeating the problem over and over.

If you have any questions or enquiries please contact me through the private messaging system or by posting on this thread.

I don't require or intend on things being too formal. Just contact me and we can talk. Once you're comfortable we can share Skype information, once that's done we can have an informal talk about piano, how I teach and how you play and then proceed to lessons from there.

My work allows me to make my own hours so even if we live in quite different timezones we should be able to find some half hour time for a lesson.

All students will be expected to work and practise. Those who consistently do not put in real effort to learn and develop may have to find lessons elsewhere.

Finally, I would prefer if those happy with my teaching pay what they can, but I will not force anyone to do so, especially upfront when they don't know what I am about, so to speak.

Looking forward to hearing from anyone interested. Thank you for reading.
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Offline briansaddleback

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Re: Offer of Free Piano Lessons
«Reply #1 on: June 30, 2016, 11:00:24 PM »
You're a nice guy.
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Offline chopinlover01

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Re: Offer of Free Piano Lessons
«Reply #2 on: July 22, 2016, 07:35:53 PM »
I appreciate the good sentiment behind this offer.
That said, with all due respect, I think you should focus on your playing a bit before you teach.
Your playing isn't bad, but it's very unbalanced in many regards, if you'll forgive my saying so. Don't get me wrong, I love the short Schubert waltzes, but when listening to anything of longer duration, it becomes apparent that you still have a bit to work on.
Nothing personal :) I just think that before you want to teach someone else how to play, you should first learn betting balance, voicing, and overall tone quality, as well as really bring your technique up to scratch.
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Offline marijn1999

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Re: Offer of Free Piano Lessons
«Reply #3 on: July 22, 2016, 08:24:13 PM »
I think it's a great initiative!
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