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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000894.txt from 1997/12

From: Edinger/Gilman <>
Subj: lessons
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 1997 12:59:01 -0500

Here's a sensitivity question: I've been thinking about taking lessons
(I'm a middle-aged amateur in a local community band), but want to "get
my mind right," so to speak, before delving in, since I want to make a
serious commitment without causing problems with the exigencies of the
rest of my life, a delicate balance, perhaps. My wife wants to call a
local university clarinet instructor to "buy me" four lessons as a
Christmas gift, which is a very nice idea but strikes me as being
possibly inappropriate. I think of the Woody Allen movie "Hannah's
Sisters" where some guy commissions an artist for a painting that will
fit a certain wall space, indifferent to the merits of the work itself
beyond its physical dimensions. Won't an instructor want to interview
me a little first, to get an idea what he'd be working with? And find
out what my sense of commitment and personal development are like? I
don't want to sound ungrateful to my wife, but I don't want to sound
like a jerk to a potential teacher. This guy is supposed to be the best
in the area, and takes only "serious" students.

Bill E.

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