I have an adult pupil of about 64 yrs who has been playing for about 5 years I have been trying to teach him for just over 12 months He came to me because his previous teacher was constantly hurling abuse at him. I have tried every approach possible with this pupil but have made no progress whatsoever with him. He completely ignores finger sequences just putting them down anywhere. He has no co-ordination between the right and left arm. Simple requests such as putting one finger down on two strings at once totally confuse him. I have taken him back to basics on several occasions, I am now trying the Doflein method, book 1 with very little improvement. He constantly plays on the wrong string. I have tried finger charts, other methods etc. I constantly repeat the same instructions in as many different ways as possible with no results whatsoever for weeks on end. This pupil really wants to play the instrument and I am increasingly becoming more and more frustrated as my efforts go completely unrewarded. I have never had such a problem with any of my other pupils many of whom are adults too.
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