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Deparko

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This popped up in my news feed:

https://hudsonvalleyone.com/2020/07/02/the-presence-of-a-master/

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Mark

btw, not sure I agree with everything but certainly interesting perspective
PaulV

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Hi Mark,
Yeah, I saw that article too, and sent a link to Leon.
We both were confused about the author's perspective.
He is both praising and criticizing Ted.
Odd.

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Did the author know Ted personally - ?

One of the "big myths" about Ted, and always perpetuated by folks who never met him or maybe only saw a clinic or two from him, is that he was some kind of savant and that he was reclusive and uncomfortable in social situations. This is especially true of the people who are only aware of him via the internet. Yeah, he was definitely a home body, a little guarded and not the most social cat but in the 30 years that I knew him I never found him to be rambling, distracted, unorganized, etc. In fact, anytime I started to deviate from the subject in a lesson he would re-direct me back to the task at hand. And sometimes not so gently either.

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I think often people approach Ted's material (especially the teaching videos on youtube) expecting a lecture, and they have trouble adjusting when Ted sort of refuses to lecture and instead wants to have a conversation. Obviously Ted knows more than the students, but the goal is for the students to learn, not for Ted to lay out his Grand Teachings.
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That article is simply wrong.  Ted was not "circuitous, desultory, digressive, oblique, tangential, nonlinear, free-associative, random, incoherent."  He was capable of going into any musical area that you wanted to discuss, but he kept you on track.  You specified what you were interested in at your first lesson.  He provided sheets and lessons to keep you moving in that direction.  If you wanted discuss something tangential, he would.  But the main business was music.  Always.

John Burdick, the author of this article, apparently has preconceptions about genius and believes that Ted fit those preconceptions.  He is mistaken.
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As a long time student of Ted's, I concur!  Mr. Burdick is absolutely off target!  Thank you, James!  [thumb] 
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