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Thread #51437   Message #783966
Posted By: Glen Reid
14-Sep-02 - 03:54 PM
Thread Name: Teaching Seniors to Play Instruments?
Subject: RE: Teaching Seniors to Play Instruments?
A few years ago I had an 83 year old man (student) who was determined to play old time fiddle before he died. What was even more amazing was the 65 mile round trip he made to my place ,in a battered old Chevy pick-up. He come almost every week for the best part of a year until he had to leave the area and move in with his daughter. By the end of it he had about 8 or 10 tunes he was doing quite well, not only on the fiddle, but I had also interested him, in doubling on the mandolin.

The last I heard he's still going strong and playing his fiddle, even though he is close to 90. What I liked about him was that musically he lived every day, like it was his last, always did his homework and got the most out of every lesson. I hope I gave him his moneys worth, because he gave me a lot to think about,and certanly left a lasting impression on me...

All the best, Glen