Bass guitar tuition

I have recently started teaching bass guitar.
Some of my tutorials I have uploaded to the internet.
Access via URL: http://www.houlston.freeserve.co.uk/bass.htm
Any comments would be appreciated.
Thank you.
Best wishes,
Bob #==(o )
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Mike, "Music" is still a part of the National Curriculum at Primary level. Because this is often taken by a non-specialist Year Teacher, the emphasis is mostly on the percussionish stuff and singing. A piano-playing primary teacher is becoming a rare thing. Other than that, the provision varies from county to county and from school to school within a county.

Lancashire Music Services provides my son's weekly trumpet lesson. It's good, but LMS takes all the money and the school has the headache of kids hanging around the corridors waiting up to an hour for their lesson to begin. The school itself offers a choir/singing club but the kid must be able to sing adequately. The teacher, working in free time, can't be expected to make sow's purses out of deaf pig's ears. There is also recorder's club (dratted instrument) and (acoustic) guitar club. Being a Catholic school, there is a weekly assembly at which all kids are expected (but often choose not to) sing.

I haven't started my new job in secondary school yet but, AFAIK, they do music up to 13 and can then choose whether to pursue the subject to GCSE level. It's a "good" school with plenty of money, but the gear and facilities are waaay ahead of the junk lying around my old high school. I recently saw a Year 10 (14-15) performance of "The Boyfriend". Apart from good individual singing, the pit band was of a good standard, too.

Taking Bob's point about hymns, I've joined the church choir and (I'm not a Catholic) barely any of them are familiar to me. It's doing wonders for my sight reading and getting me out of constant 4/4.

Another thing that Bob might agree with. Thank goodness for these cheap and useable Chinese instruments. When I saw the price of renting a trumpet for 3 months (just in case he gives up quickly) I baulked. I managed to buy a Stagg trumpet for £60. Maybe not the best of tones and one valve has a thirst for oil like an old Austin Allegro but it's good enough to see if he'll stick with it. He can buy a Bach himself when he's 25 and on MU wages :)

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