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« on: Jul 03, 2017, 05:36PM »

Weekend warrior 20+ years separated from undergrad here.  Tenor player by nature that has been casually doubling on bass for about 7 years.

I have been self diagnosing/teaching myself for since 1991. About 15 years ago I turned my symphonic embouchure inside out in favor of a more colorful and flexible sound that didn't require as much time behind the horn and was better suited to the big band, pit and quintet playing that dominated my free time.  Now I'm older and have settled into the comfort of a lasting symphonic seat in a fine local community orchestra.  I find that I am ready to go back to my roots and want to both add meat back to my sound and improve on the upper registers before I venture forth into some much more skilled/demanding symphony opportunities.   

Having said all of that, in my former life I went out of my way to study with guys that were going to work every day at Lincoln Center ... because that was where I thought I could be.  Now at 47 years old, where do I start to look for a teacher?  The guys that work there now seem so unapproachable to me, with their myriad teaching and gigging responsibilities and given that I am no longer a 'promising youth' assume that I will not capture their interest.  So I am stuck ... where do I start here in Metro NY to find a teacher that can advance my skills and will understand my goals?

I know that Doug is an option via Skype - but am really looking first to find someone local.

Thanks in advance to all.

Bill

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« Reply #1 on: Jul 04, 2017, 01:00AM »

I started lessons/coaching aged 44 with a a player from a leading orchestra. My two take always from the process are:  teachers consider student motivation, commitment and progress more relevant and rewarding than student age;  if you don't ask you don't get - they may appear busy but could have capacity or be facing future changes that provide capacity. I found it money well spent.
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 04, 2017, 09:07AM »

Weekend warrior 20+ years separated from undergrad here.  Tenor player by nature that has been casually doubling on bass for about 7 years.

I have been self diagnosing/teaching myself for since 1991. About 15 years ago I turned my symphonic embouchure inside out in favor of a more colorful and flexible sound that didn't require as much time behind the horn and was better suited to the big band, pit and quintet playing that dominated my free time.  Now I'm older and have settled into the comfort of a lasting symphonic seat in a fine local community orchestra.  I find that I am ready to go back to my roots and want to both add meat back to my sound and improve on the upper registers before I venture forth into some much more skilled/demanding symphony opportunities.   

Having said all of that, in my former life I went out of my way to study with guys that were going to work every day at Lincoln Center ... because that was where I thought I could be.  Now at 47 years old, where do I start to look for a teacher?  The guys that work there now seem so unapproachable to me, with their myriad teaching and gigging responsibilities and given that I am no longer a 'promising youth' assume that I will not capture their interest.  So I am stuck ... where do I start here in Metro NY to find a teacher that can advance my skills and will understand my goals?

I know that Doug is an option via Skype - but am really looking first to find someone local.

Thanks in advance to all.

Bill

I'm in the Bronx. Good parking, good public transportaion, good neighborhood, good teacher. Check out my website for more. Give me a holler. (sabutin@mindspring.com)

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