- Oct 19, 2022
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- Redondo Beach, CA
I told my wife about your post, and we are very pleased that this diary helped you decide to find a teacher. I'd suggest thinking about what sort of near term goals you would like to set for yourself. Of course, you will want the teacher's sense of what you need, but having some specific thoughts on what you would like to improve and what your preferences in playing (style of music, singing, strumming, fingerstyle, chord/melody, etc.) can give you and the teacher a starting point and priorities. We did this when we switched from our first teacher to our current teacher, and my wife did the same thing independently and then we merged them or at least did a compare and contrast,This thread has inspired me to seek out my first in person lessons. My first is scheduled for May 22nd. I’m trying to decide if I want to start with focusing on baritone or tenor for the lessons. I’m leaning towards the baritone because there is less available for it and I’ve played it far less than my tenor. I’ve basically been using the ukulele way and some books at home since August of last year to teach myself so I’m looking forward to having someone that can critique and teach.
In our case the specific goals or plans were never really published except here. I had imagined describing what we wanted to accomplish in detail at the first lesson, but it didn't go that way at all. However, it was a very useful exercise because it helped us clarify our own our priorities so that we were better able to discuss with our teacher, Jordan, what we thought was important and where we wanted to go. Jordan was able to assess our musical background and ukulele capabilities very quickly and they knew what we needed to work on and where to start. There have been minor course corrections for us and for Jordan, but I think that the early goal setting helped that as well.