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[–] LegalPERSON 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That was some very nice playing for any skill level. A lot to be proud of!

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[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

"Tell him I didn't start playing until May. Oh, and tell him I said thank you."

I'm telling you, the young lady doesn't fish for compliments. She insists on them.

It doesn't seem to be going to her head - she's legitimately proud of the results of her hard work and speedy learning. She's still at that stage where she's able to put 4 hours in - and then noodle for another 2.

Remember those days? Those days where we'd have our guitar in our hands pretty much all day?

Yeah, she's at that phase. This isn't meant to stroke my ego - but she also has a significant advantage of just being able to come ask questions and for a demonstration. She's very much a visual learner. "Can you show me how to ..." Then she goes off by herself and returns a while later with a new question.

Her ability to read tab is definitely improving rapidly. She's at the stage where she has some good muscle memory and she got started properly, with form and drills.

It's no longer painful to listen to her practice! It was funny to hear her early questions about why I'd assign her the various drills, why I'd stress form, why I'd have her learning a pile of chord shapes, etc... I'd respond with answers such as, "So that you can learn faster later."

Learning good muscle memory really, really makes a difference. There's still tons for her to learn, but she's already been able to come on stage and do a song with us a couple of times.

As her teacher, it's very exciting to witness and she's thoroughly enjoying herself. It's also a good thing that she's still young. Younger brains are much, much more adept at learning music (specifically, as in more so than other subjects) than older brains. Older brains can do it, but they're less plasticine and music education has actual measurable physiological changes in the brain structure.

Yup... You can (though you'll probably go to jail) dissect a human brain and determine (with great confidence) not just that someone studied music - but how much they studied it.

You'll develop a couple of ridges in a very pronounced manner. They're in the left part of your brain, located near the rear, and are about two and a half inches behind the end of your ear.

If you learn music as an adult, the brain doesn't really change much at all. If you learn it as a kid, the change is quite pronounced and even a layman could probably spot it.

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[–] Nadeshda 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Perfect reply!

So that you can learn faster later.

Fantastic response I love reading about how you mentor, it’s wonderful and helps me too, thanks.