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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:21 pm    Post subject: How often did people have lessons with CG? Reply with quote

I assume that his Northern California students were monthly. Were his LA students weekly, monthly? A mix?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure everyone was monthly on their regular schedule, however there may be some special exceptions if someone was having problems in LA. I think I read that Paul Cacia had more frequent lessons when he was working through some stuff. Claude did spend a week every month in the Bay and another in Vegas. I think he might've had another city for awhile, maybe Phoenix.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Claude gave students lessons every other week and charged $50 per lesson until around 1980 at which point he went to lessons once every four weeks and also then upped the fee to $75 per lesson ($162 adjusted for inflation) in order to reduce the number of players on the waiting list. It was understood though that if you had any troubles with your playing or the assigned practice routine he would schedule an extra lesson in between if needed.

I am not sure when Claude did lessons in Vegas or Phoenix (Eric's post above it news of that to me). I know that during the 80's at least until he lost his Airman's Medical Certificate due to heart surgery and could no longer fly his Cessna, he divided his time equally between the studio at 19522 Leadwell Street in Reseda (in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles), and the music store up in Northern California (San Mateo?). He'd spend the week at one location, then would fly home to be with his wife at their home in Big Bear, California through the weekend, then fly to the other location for the next week's lessons. He would also fly (himself) to Universities all over the country to perform Masterclasses which sometimes caused a delay in our next lesson. Dr. Larry Miller (trptdoc on the TH) likened what Claude did to ""shuttle" trumpet instruction" in the Preface to Claude's book Brass Playing Is No Harder Than Deep Breathing, published by Carl Fischer.

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