I just quit my in-person lessons.
He was a very good guy, full of enjoyable stories and very good technically. He was a teacher on a somewhat renowned school around here and also gave private lessons. In my experience and at my current level though, there was much room for improvement.
To be fair, on the first lesson he told me he was used to absolute beginners and didn’t quite have an idea on what to do with me. So I told him my experience and background and what I was looking to get out of those lessons. Enough to build a curriculum.
There was nothing like a syllabus or a plan, it was more a “whatever he felt like it”. My homework assignments were never reviewed (and tbh he never remembered what we’ve been working on) and were kinda random.
Our lessons were once per week at 19:30. Supposedly 1 hour, but we consistently stayed for 2h+ hours. Which would be awesome if it wasn’t already too late to be productive, if the lessons had some good old content, and if we used most of that time playing instead of listening to some goofy story about his gigs or people he met at those gigs (quite enjoyable, but not why I was there for) or getting interrupted by phone calls.
But in any case, I loved my first month there. I even left my basses with him for professional set ups, but the results were a bit off from what I was expecting (fret buzz all over - to which he answered ‘it’s supposed to sound like that’) but ok for the price. He solved some electronic issues I had with my restoration project.
All fine and dandy until the moment I caught him lying about a bass he had there. Nothing much, but enough to get my spidey senses tingling. I caught him lying a few more times about some stories he had already told or some other details, I even fished for some of those lies to check if it was all in my head (it wasn’t). In any case, nothing much. Just a story teller adding a bit of salt here and there, but enough to lose my trust and a bit of my respect.
In any case I endured this for 2.5 months, hoping this was all some kind of “feeling the waters” from both parts. But I never sensed commitment and decided to pull the plug.
And that’s the only experience I had with a bass teacher