Well, I've just emailed Teacher2 and asked for the dates for the group for this term. So that's me showing enthusiasm and being proactive, which might make her more inclined to see me as a potential student (she teaches at a school in my town; she could just pop round afterwards and teach me, I'd not be that much bother...
) Perhaps I can nag her in to submission from a distance even if I never make it to her group (the last group session I was really ready for, I had no clashes, was looking forward to it...and then had a migraine for about 3 days either side of it!)
I wonder sometimes if one of these 'and-recorder-too' teachers might be worth it because at my level it would probably mean I was a bit more confident come the time I was ready to approach one of the more distant and More Proper teachers. I know some of it is down to me being difficult about travelling - I just wonder if I would find the travelling easier if I felt more 'worth' bothering one of the proper teachers rather than going to them as a total numpty. Well, maybe not total, but I know I'm a beginner by even grade standards (whereas we all know the real beginning is after G8
) Besides, even an 'and-recorder-too' teacher should be able to get me feeling more secure about the very basics, and perhaps some aural stuff, and probably most importantly of all teach me how to practice (I'd probably do a lot more practice at home if I felt I had a clue what I was doing...)
At least this one, if I email her (the despondant bit has set in again) is woodwinds + recorder. My next nearest people - apart from the 'clarinet + recorder' teacher I tried first who turned out never to have played the treble - all seem to be violin soloists who teach violin, viola, theory, oh, and recorder...(having said that, there is one violin/violist nearbyish who says she teaches recorder but only treble; which is interesting [because it makes you think potential-proper-recorderist; but then you think that a real-proper-recorderist would do c-instruments])
:pokes through handbag: I've found a list of emails of people who were advertising in Brian Jordan as recorder teachers (most as recorder teachers, one as 'and-recorder-too'). Perhaps I shall craft an email tomorrow and be all brave and send it out to the lot of them and see what they think...who knows, they may have good ideas about the travelling (e.g. perhaps not going every week, to cut down the travelling costs)