getting a new student.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. i used to teach years ago.

    a woman i work with has a son that just ordered a Squire Bass Pack.

    he's pretty excited about starting lessons.

    fortunately for me (AND him), they live 2 minutes from me. otherwise i wouldn't have taken the "job".

    i'm kinda lookin' forward to it myself!

    i'm not gonna charge anything. they offered a trade with home cooked Vietnamese food!!!!


  2. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    OK, step 1, it's Squier, not Squire. ;)

    Step 2, check out the setup for the guy. My first setup was a Squier starter pack and the action was so high I could've parked a car between the frets and the strings. I'm thinking shipping from Indonesia doesn't do nice things to the wood. I had a setup done and it was like I had gotten a new bass back from the tech. Just to give you an idea, the truss rod eventually was turned almost 2 complete revolutions to get the strings even close to where they should be.
  3. Squier, Squire, WHATEVER! at that price/quality point, does it really matter?

    he's getting a beginner's package.

    now, if i had said Zahn or Sadowski, THEN i'd give this some weight!


    i'm kidding. thanks for pointing that out.

    i expect to have to do some adjustments on his bass when he gets it.

    that will give him a chance to see how he can do his own setups and not have to rely on someone else.

  4. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    Free food? I say go for it!!! ;)
  5. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    Yeah southeast Asian food is great, Thai, Lao, Vietnamese....MMMMMMMMMMMM
  6. bassmantele


    Jul 22, 2003
    Boston MA USA
    Ask her for soup. And be very nice to her son.
  7. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    I am a failing teacher (only 2 regular students currently, and a few guys who don't like to show up all the time), and suprisingly, I would go for the free food too. You really can't beat free food.
  8. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    For some reason this thread reminds me of the movie "The Wedding singer" When the old lady pays for her lessons with meatballs. :D
  9. i'm more of a Bun Tom Nuong kinda guy. but Pho is ALWAYS good.

    but, of course! why wouldn't i be?


    my step daughter is Vietnamese, i'm pretty "in-tune" with Vietnamese culture.

    so, i appreciate your comment very much!!

    NEVER CAN!!!

    i think i'm as excited as Eric (THE SON!) is. i haven't taught in a loooooooong while. we start tomorrow morning. this will probably be good for me too.

    or Mi Bo Vien/Hu Tieu Bo Vien!!!


  10. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000

  11. intentional mis-spellings.


  12. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000

    Intentional pestering. :D

  13. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Free food does'nt pay the bills like cold hard cash.
  14. i don't need the dough. (note apostrophe location).


  15. well, the lesson happened yesterday.

    sure was fun. went well.

    fortunately, he had played violin and piano previously.

    i corrected his left and right hand postioning first thing. showed him some "etude" workouts.

    he picked it up pretty fast.

    i talked to his mom here at work today, and he's excited.

    i'll be using the PC to accelerate his learning. he has buddies that are in a band he wants to join.

    so, that's my priority: get him playing in a band sitch ASAP!

    hey, it got me practicing again too!

    its all gud!

  16. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    Cool! :)

    What's your honest opinion on the kid's Squier?
  17. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I envy you. (note my middle finger protruding high in the air at you.) :bag: :p ;)
  18. Willplay:

    actually, i was blown away by the quality of his Squier.

    i thought for sure i'd have to do SOME work on it.


    really great feel and tone!

    i love it! this is the second Squier pack bass i've played that i thought was outstanding!

  19. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    So, did you torture him by letting him lay his hands upon the wonderments that is your collection of basses?
  20. i haven't taken any of my basses over there yet.

    he's definitely taking this seriously.

    i'm throwing a BUNCH of stuff at him. i'm kind of the wacky teacher that paces the room and sings while he's working out an exercize.

    i don't think he knows what to make of me.

    BUT, he's making progress.

    poor kid has 0 innate rhythm. which makes it even more fun for me to come up with new ways to communicate how to develop your internal clock.

    i'm teaching him things i wish i knew earlier in my learning process.

    i WILL get him in synch.

    my main goal is to get him to FEEL. its almost like a zen session.

    too much fun!

    even his mom has noticed a difference in 4 short weeks.