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Self teaching ...experiences?

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by Andy Mopley, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011
    I was interested to learn that Francois Rabbath is self-taught - Simandl refers in his book 1 to self teaching as well. Without wanting to enter into the pro and against having a teacher debate, are there DB players here that are self taught, and how have you approached the journey, what has kept you motivated and where you have managed a lesson, what have you had to un-learn?

    Thanks for reading!
  2. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    If you have a musical background and a good teacher that has learned you the technical basics I don't see any harm in self teaching. Obviously I am not one of those guys who shouts 'ask your teacher' each time someone asks a question here. We have a will of our own and each person needs to find his own musical path. If you find your own musical 'solutions' you will be more likely to develop a more unique style instead of just copying someone else. As Rabbath says so nicely 'be your own teacher'. That doesn't mean that don't have to take lessons though and you don't have to invent the wheel another time. For some the self teaching works better than for others though.