How Far Do You Travel For Lessons?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by ronin614, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. ronin614

    ronin614 Supporting Member

    May 15, 2008
    New York
    Just curious how far everyone travels for lessons.

    Was your instructor selected because of their proximity to you, or for their skill level?

    Also, how far would you travel to study under a topflight bassist?
  2. Fred Pucci

    Fred Pucci

    May 2, 2019
    Online bass course from top flight bass instructor for me.
    Stumbo likes this.
  3. ronin614

    ronin614 Supporting Member

    May 15, 2008
    New York
    Well, that definitely saves on travel time. Are you doing something like Scott’s Bass Lessons, or are you doing Skype lessons?
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2019
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Look up Ed "the bass whisperer" Friedland.
  5. GastonD


    Nov 18, 2013
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Back in 1998-2000 I used to travel 20 miles in one direction twice a week for lessons. It established filters that nowadays I use to select other instructional materials/sources, some of which are online lessons, inculding Skype.
  6. B-Lo

    B-Lo Bassist, Drummer, Sound Tech, part time Ninja...

    Jun 16, 2017
    Northern Alabama
  7. jthisdell


    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    When I was in Jr High and High School back in the 70's I used to ride my 10 speed about three miles each way balancing my Fender P in a hsc to take lessons from this jazz cat back in Newport News Benny Beckham. Everybody in town took lessons from him, guitar and bass.
    Spin Doctor likes this.
  8. DeltaTango


    Mar 22, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    56 miles round trip because of his skill level and teaching abilities.
  9. Spin Doctor

    Spin Doctor In Memoriam

    Nov 14, 2008
    Southern Maryland, USA
    I knew Benny.

    I have ex-Navy friends who took guitar lessons from him when we were stationed at Newport News shipyard while pre-commissioning a couple of aircraft carriers in the 80's. I saw him play around town a lot there and Norfolk. I wasn't playing music then, but it was during that time that my interest in it started.

    There's a guy who lives down the street from me now, in Maryland, who took bass lessons from Bennie. He was like THE guy to study with.

    For piano, which is where my interest went, it was a guy named Ed DeAlphonso. He was the coolest guy. He dug that I was into jazz and Bill Evans in particular, so a lot of times he would give me lessons for nothing. He didn't need the money since he was like a retired Air Force Colonel. He prolly knew with me being an enlisted guy that I didn't really have much money lol. After the lesson, we'd go up to his loft/study and spin records, sometimes for hours.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019
  10. jthisdell


    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    Cool deal. I took lessons from him on and off for three or four years in mid 70's. Everyone in Newport News who wanted to play guitar or bass regardless of what genre you wanted to play took lessons from him at some point. He taught me the invaluable skill of being able to follow along with anyone. Just because you don't know the song doesn't mean you can't play it.

    If they were with the USS Carl Vinson I spent one summer helping to build that one. In spite of me it is still afloat.
    Spin Doctor likes this.
  11. To my basement.
    I teach myself. ;)

    Someone once said "if you're teaching yourself something you don't know how to do, you have the worst teacher."

    Probably why I'm still learning 30 yrs later...
    Spin Doctor likes this.
  12. Spin Doctor

    Spin Doctor In Memoriam

    Nov 14, 2008
    Southern Maryland, USA
    Having a decent teacher even if just for a short while, will save you years of floundering in the dark.
  13. About 8 blocks 4 each way. And he is a PHANTASTIK (like how I spelled that?) teacher