As I am just about to start a new stage in my journey,
One on one classes.
I can’t help wondering if I would have been ready for this 1 year ago.
Am I Ready To Study Under A Master
1 year ago, I was still quite lost with flamenco.
I remember thinking, if we don’t find someone or somewhere to take proper lessons we’re leaving Spain for good.
Luckily we found Foundation Cristina Heeren, and we stayed. Our flamenco progressed and again we find ourselves wanting a little more.
The Next Step For Us
We are currently preparing for private lessons under great teachers in our area, Sevilla. Obviously there is a lot to choose from here, but sometimes a solid teacher is just what you need.
Our goal over the next 6 months will be to develop a range of choreographies together, while improving technique one on one. We wouldn’t be ready for such a change of teaching styles if we didn’t have such a solid foundation first.
What About Me... Am I Ready?
Well, what’s you level…?
I’m just starting out
I’ve got a solid grasp
I’m preparing for shows
I’m going to break your level into these 3 areas.
Lots of Group Lessons
(2 - 4 Classes a Day)
Best for those just starting out.
If you are starting out, one of the best ways for you to expand your knowledge is to maximise your exposure. Sabby & I both agree as many hours as you can handle a day.
A Few Group Lessons
(1 - 2 Classes a Day with a private lesson or two every week)
Best for those who have a decent understand on most Palos.
Once you’ve got a few choreographies under your belt or are nailing some falsetas you’re going to need to reduce your work load. You might still be able to maintain you crazy work schedule but your time is probably better spent getting some personal study in.
We also recommend taking a private lesson or two every week. These means you'll have a mentor is help you through the tricky bits.
(As many as you can afford)
Best for those who are preparing for shows or who have more material than they can handle.
Once you have more than enough material, group lessons are going to become unproductive. You really need someone to help mentor you through everything and work on your individual problems one on one.
Leave plenty of spare time for individual practice and jamming but get as many private lessons as you can manage.
Are You Ready?
To avoid over exposure it is great to work with a master. They can really help you find yourself as an individual player and develop your style.
If you’re not ready for that, don’t worry. Group classes are great to increase your knowledge base and the more you know the better. Just keep up the study!!
Are You Ready For A Master Yourself?
What are your recommendations for new students?
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