VIN wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:09 pm
Tom, did you notice a decline in the number of students where you teach ?
Actually not. I reckon you're referring specifically to teenagers? Problem with them is in the way they listen to music - or better: not listen. You'll hardly encounter a young lad who is into some specific band/artist where they'd say: "I want to learn to play this!".
Since I'm always asking and enquiring it seems that most young folks "listen" to playlists compiled and suggested by whatever streaming portal they use.
They seem to be quite indifferent to what they are being offered - if they don't like it the next track is just a click away. The ubiquitous availability of music nowadays leads folks to just use music as an acoustic tapestry. My generation used to listen
to music through real loudspeakers (air being moved, that is
) aand we often listened together with friends and discussed the music we listened to. That's what most kids are missing these days with their puny earplugs: they just don't experience how music can really sound....
It sometimes takes two or three years of taking lessons before they get really interested in guitar and music. Before that it seems to be just one other spare time activity. They come to learn to play guitar without any specific goal or having any actual idea what they want to acchieve in terms of playing guitar.
This is a real toughie most of the time also because with a lot of them you don't get any feedback about what you're trying to teach them