The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

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  1. artis_xe

    artis_xe Christopher Premium Member

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    in our locale __ seems that teaching credentials aren't as important , as who went to High School with who / played on the same football team / drinks at the same establishments . you get the idea . Nepotism at it's very worst . and the students are the ones that suffer

    anyone can apply to teach a 12 - 16 week course at the local colleges here . the curriculum need approval , of course __ and available classroom spots need to be open . that's why the majority of them are during the Summer months .

    Dog Bless Frank for doing anything like this __ because I attempted it one Summer . never ever ever again . very un-spirited group , and after 4 weeks ( 8 classes ) , I got to the point where I had to have someone else take it over . if someone isn't excited to learn . it's very hard to get them to that place
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    The Thomas fire, which is chewing up Ventura, has reached 96,000 acres.

    An aerial view taken this morning:

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    Last night:

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    My son and a friend split town and are down by San Diego, camping. He's a foreman for a grounds-keeping company, and they can't work due to smoke and road-closures both. He should be safe down there.
     
  4. Phil47uk

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    Time to light a fire I suppose as Sylvia is hinting like mad...
    Got the pug and our blue Persian jockeying for position on my lap.. The pug is a little bugger
    :lol:
    Not quite that bad here Art. Blimey, if I'd had to rely on being in the school football team I would.have been well and truly f*cked from the off...:laugh2:
    It doesn't really matter in the private sector outside schools and colleges but to teach in an academy you have to have police clearance checks , references and qualifications as you are free to wander throughout a school full of children.
    Also, you can't just wander in and say "Hey I'm a purist blues player man and you don't need to know any theory crap or read" coz you'll last about five minutes if say a head of music came up to you to discuss a kids exam pieces.

    I made them crease up at an instrumental music teachers meeting once when a guy from the Guild Hall of music went round 130 specialists asking for their credentials.. One person said...BM, another MRFM, another BSMC etc etc. Then he came to me and I replied " 50 years on the road".
    The whole hall exploded with laughter and the guy from the Guild Hall said hysterically .
    " Well I suppose there are no better credentials than that"..:laugh2:
    It's been great over the years as you are basically your own boss and it's a job that compliments gigging as at least all one does is play guitar. Plus the added bonus of being partially responsible for a whole new music scene with every generation that passes.

    To quote an old long since departed member of this thread who once posted up..
    " those who can do and those who can't teach"....My reply was simply.."And those who can do neither obviously become civil servants".. :420:.....Ouch!!..:laugh2:

    Pupils like Nat here who I started out teaching when he was in short trousers at his first school make you feel at last you've done something right along the line..

     
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    No chance for me then I'd guess.....:rofl:



    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    Phil47uk Senior Member

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    :lol:..Tom..People like you have forgotten more theory than many on guitar forums have ever learned....:laugh2:
     
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    Just found another old pupil on YouTube.
    A lovely guy and another that put a lot of effort into practising.
    And what is so nice is that they bother to keep in touch with you even years later. That in itself makes it all worth while.
    I remember them as youngsters , watch them now and can still see that burn for music that they've never lost whatever genre of music they're in to.



    And a new era of future youngsters who I'm sure is going on to do something. Chloe who is fourteen is gaining in confidence ever since I posted a vid of her at a local jam quite some months ago.. A pupil of Laurens and mine she just eats up everything you can throw at her. This term she's really been into her chords and rhythms which is so refreshing from some of the boys that just want to be able to play the intro to. 'Sweet Child Of Mine'...:laugh2:

     
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    Temperature dropping in the shire on Friday and Saturday but hopefully climbing back up by Sunday so hopefully we won't get any of Tom's 'White stuff'.
     
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    Love me a helping of Thursday night 'sh*t kickn'..
    One of these days we'll all meet round the Hippsters homestead for some serious back yard clogging..I'm sure Elton would approve..

    Old timers doing thar thing...:laugh2:

     
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    Good morning, just saw this guitar Phil might like :)

     
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    g mornings . 6am here . second cup of coffee

    Per : I think the most of us here , would love to hold that guitar
     
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    wow

    don't want to say ( but I'm going to ) . for only being 14 she sounds nice . sounds nice regardless of age . but what a great age to start at

    when I was very young __ and I'm talking maybe 7 or 8 years old . there was an acoustic guitar in the house for the children . It had a cloudburst stained birch top , and was marked in several places as a " Global " . I do remember wanting to play back then . but I also remember fighting those strings . now I know , that the action on it was probably terrible

    but what if I had started out on a player ? :hmm:
    I have zero regrets . if I started on guitar , I probably would have ignored playing the drums at an early age

    you're a lucky man __ to have such students . you should be proud
     
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    You've got it right there Per. I love the Gretsch 6120. More for nostalgic reasons than any other. They are a bit limited with re all round sounds in a work situation other than doing Rockabilly sessions but I love the look of them..
    Thanks for posting that..:dude:
     
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    Hi Art, as you said a bad action on an acoustic can kill the fun stone dead and this is why I suggest to parents to try and pay put a bit more and go try a whole bunch at a recognized music store and not just buy any old thing on line.
    Yes, we are lucky indeed to have pupils like Chloe but then that's her, not me as for everyone like her there are also a whole bunch who have about as much chance of going anywhere in the music biz as I have of becoming the Pope..:laugh2:
    Every now and again one like her surfaces and I'll bend over backwards to he help and encourage them.
    She also goes to Lauren for singing lessons which is great because all the young girls relate to Lauren as a role model.
    It does make me laugh sometimes as it's only the girls who will say to her " Oooh I love your new nail polish, or those boots are fantastic". Not one boy would notice anything like that in a hundred years...:laugh2:
    I remember once when my hair first started turning grey putting some mens hair dye on the grey areas...When I walked into an academy not one boy even noticed yet the first girl who came into the music room said.."I see you've dyed your hair Sir."....:facepalm:..
    I never dyed it again after that..:laugh2:
     
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    Just imagine the boys saying something like: "I see you're still wearing that black old jacket like you did all those years I've known you, Sir!" :laugh2:
     
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    That's me finished work for the week.
    Good lesson this morning all about phrasing and dynamics.
    Sylvia has gone to lunch with a woman friend of hers so they will probably still be engrossed in conversation for God knows how long..
    We've got Laurens dogs for the weekend so I'm here with one Rottweiler cuddled up asleep next to me on the sofa, another flat out on another sofa, a German Shepherd by my feet and a pug snoring away on my lap.
    I might just doze off with them as it's so quiet and peaceful.
    Bloody cold outside through and a strange light. I sincerely hope we are not in for a few snow flurries as we'l never get the pug out the door for a walk when Sylvia gets back...That's if it's not dark outside by then...:laugh2:
     
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    Mornin', all... enjoying a nice cuppa joe on a chilly morning; it's 29°F and there's about ¼" of snow on my porch railing. None on the ground, it didn't fall that heavy, but it sure was interesting driving in it last night.

    The only place I'm going today is my local gas station, for smokes and a Powerball ticket.
     
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    Hi Thumpz! The South California fires have been covered on a big scale in our local newspaper today - probably because they are getting close to "celebrities' " homes in BelAir? :naughty:
     
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    It would never dawn on them in a hundred years and the girls would be too polite to even mention it...:laugh2:
     
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