What’s the worst thing that’s happened in a lesson?

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  • Participant
    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #88062

    I have had a student come to a lesson so deprived of food, he had no energy to play. I did my best to make sure he was eating (this was at a music camp), but I couldn’t force him, and he had plenty of excuses, as did his mother. It was sad and kind of pathetic. In the end, he didn’t do very well with his studies or amount to much of a harpist after finishing studies. The moral of this tale is, if you want to be a harpist, you can’t be worrying about fashion and image and get caught up in eating disorders. You have to become immune to peer pressure anyway, because who has peers that are also harpists? You have to be healthy, that you do.

    Participant
    carl-swanson on #88063

    Now that I think of it, his name must have been written Swede, short for Swedish. His real name was George, but absolutely everybody called him Swede

    Participant
    Victor Ortega on #88064

    David,

    You’re right… that was a horrible thing that happened.

    Keymaster
    kimberly-rowe on #88065

    Folks: A reminder to please keep the discussion harp related. I have removed several posts that I felt drifted too far away from our original topic and the harp in general.

    KIM

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #88066

    Those are the ones that are the most fun!

    Participant
    anita-burroughs-price on #88067

    My first harp lesson was at age 12. I had a wonderful teacher and
    I still remember the joy of playing out of Sam Milligan’s “Fun from
    the First.” At the end of the half hour, she said good-bye and
    asked if I had any questions. I could not leave for a few moments
    because I’d assume that the hole in the sound board were for one’s knees
    and I’d gotten stuck!!!

    Member
    kay-lister on #88068

    Anita,

    In my opinion – you get the prize. THAT’S PRICELESS!!!!!!!!! I have the whole moment pictured in my head.

    Kay

    Participant
    anita-burroughs-price on #88069

    Hi Kay,
    Thank you! I am now careful to tell my own pupils that the harp
    rests ON their right knee, not AROUND it.

    Anita

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    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #88070

    I hope I haven’t told this story before, but here goes: A really long time ago, I was having a lesson on raising. My teacher was trying to get me to loosen up and get away from the strings. She exhorted me to raise higher, so I obliged, just as she was leaning in to look more closely. I hit her right in the face with my fist!! I was mortified. Luckily, I didn’t do any damage, being a bit of a weakling at the time.

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