Whiplash Movie

I kept seeing references to this movie in this forum, and elsewhere… so I watched it - it really deserves the good reviews it got (Trailer below). That poor kid!! I mean, it can be nice having a hard ass for an instructor sometimes, to push you a little, but dang, that guy takes it to another level!

Good thing Josh isn’t that type of music teacher - B2B would have been a very different experience! I’d probably have had a few virtual chairs thrown at me for not keeping tempo :rofl:

Anyone else seen this film?

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Yeah, cool movie! I really enjoyed it!

It is not just the “not keeping tempo” - it is that we don’t even know whether we’re rushing or dragging :rofl:

Btw, check out what Adam Neely had to say about the movie here (if you’ve got half an hour):

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Haha! Yeah, the Fletcher character is likely pretty exaggerated - I don’t think someone that extreme would last very long in academia, or, really anywhere. There are probably numerous technical elements that aren’t accurate either in the movie. But the drill sergeant-like antagonist teacher does make for some good drama!

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I wonder what Fletcher would do to me if he told me to stand up and play “Billie Jean” on my bass . . . with NO mistakes . . . OR ELSE! :open_mouth:

Anyway, thanks for the tip, @Vik . . . I put it on my Netflix DVD queue.

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It’s a very intense movie. I didn’t like Fletcher’s style at all. He makes Gordon Ramsay look like Mary Poppins.

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Interesting review…

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Yep. Adam Neely puts out some good stuff.

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I reallllly loved this movie.
I had a teacher who had some serious Fletcher tendencies in college. I had the bass taken away from me at one point because I was playing a jazz ballad so atrociously, my prof. couldn’t stand it. Just took it from me and played the rest of the tune.
He was rough in private lessons as well.
Nothing super drill-sergeant-insults or in your face yelling… but some seriously challenging moments through college.

I love the “good job” speech in the movie. I agree with that sentiment so strongly. Still - how do you apply it? How does the challenge to be great and not compliment mediocrity manifest?
That’s the challenge and mark of a great teacher.

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I agree, and did like that aspect of Fletcher. How do you compliment someone and simultaneously let them know they missed the mark?

When my kids were growing up, I would say things like “Good effort, but we both know you can do better”. Whether it was in sports, at school, or whatever. It’s a nice way of commending them for putting forth the effort, while letting them know they’re not yet where they need to be.

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