Well done Geoff for getting this up and running. There was a great atmosphere. Onwards and upwards! PLease watch http://eldesperados.weebly.com for updates and photos.
I have never forgotten the day in 1988 when I was interviewed for Napier Uni's Music course: I was informed that one of the tests was to assess my teachable-ness: in other words, to what extent was I prepared to listen to a teacher and to try new approaches to technique etc.
We could grade this on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = bad; 10 = the perfect student!). What affects this? Negatively: Pride, arrogance, mistrust of teacher (eg a new pupil), rebelliousness, apathy... positively: good pupil/teacher relationship, teacher reputation, the pupil's enthusiasm, etc etc.
At last! The first meeting of El Desperados will be Thursday 28th August at Euxton Methodist Church on the A49. From 7.15pm onwards. eldesperados.weebly.com
This is to give amateur musicians, not just pianists, performance experience in a welcoming and encouraging environment.
Performance nerves - is it just a lack of experience of playing in front of others? I think not. Some people just take to playing in front of others like a fish to water. But it is simply not 100% one way (all nerves) or 100% the other (all confidence). There are an infinite number of degrees in between these extremes with different things going in different heads. Is it simply that some don't care what people think and others fear terribly what the audience is thinking. That is an issue for some, but not for all.
One of my pupils, Geoff, is tackling this head on. He is going to initiate a gathering in south Lancs, probably the Chorley area, so that amateurs can get together to perform in front of each other in a welcoming and encouraging way. Watch this space!!!!!
Piano and keyboard teacher based in Eccleston, south Lancashire, England.