I teach classical guitar to a 52 year old man with one big problem, his memory. No matter what I do, I can't seem to find a way to get him to remember things. So his technique is pretty good, if I give him 4 bars to practice over a week, he'll come back and play them very well but if I give him something else the next week, the last piece of music, is completely forgotten and if he sees it again, it's as if he's never played it before.
The biggest problem is he can't read music fluently (every time he has to do every good boy deserves football, face in the space, etc.) and when he does get what note it is (which isn't correct 40% of the time), he then has trouble finding the note on the guitar and often plucks the wrong note.
So what have I done to try and help him? Well, I've done tests and it would seem he's neither a kinaesthetic, aural or visual learner so I tried all three and nothing helped. I tried to get him to relate the notes to events. I tried all sorts of various exercises. I've even got him trying cod liver oil tablets! Then I found out something that works a bit, if I give him certain tests, his note reading gets quite a bit better and so I move him onto music, still doesn't solve the slow time to find the note on the guitar (the speed at which he does this has stayed the same), but then next week he's back to square one with his note reading.
This is so unique to me though, whenever my students have had problems, I've always found a solution and it's not been an issue. It's come to the point though where I almost feel like I'm robbing him of his money because he's not really making any progress, he insists he enjoys it though and often gives me tips. And it's not as if he doesn't practice, he really really does, he's retired (due to an unfortunate chest problem) so he's got plenty of free time on his hands (hence he took up the guitar) and so he practices for hours!
So, please, anybody, if you've got tips, give them! Has anyone else had a similar problem?