Without a doubt, the breaking point is when the pleasure you are developing leads you to take private lessons in a particular discipline. Let’s take the case of classical guitar, and let the lessons be one hour twice a week. You practice every day and, when its time, the teacher examines whether or not you pass or not from lesson to lesson. In each class, it marks your mistakes and gives you tips to improve your hand posture, back posture, and everything you need to improve class by class. Without realizing it, little by little, you begin to learn to self-evaluate.
Well, suppose you don’t have enough money to pay a teacher to come to your house, then you look for one that charges less but now you are the one who has to go to the place where the teacher teaches. So, that «one hour» of classes can actually be turned into two hours, depending on how long it takes you to get to and from that place where the teacher spends the classes, right? It makes a difference if you take a taxi or a bus, if your parents take you in the car, or if you walk. Distance and means of transport count a lot.
Now, to make matters worse, let’s say you don’t have the money to pay for a teacher, but since you have some talent, and some of your relatives have a friend who knows a friend of a friend, etc., they’ll get you a kind of scholarship with a teacher. I mean, they get you a free teacher. Here, from here, now you also begin to value the time of that teacher, the time he is generously giving you. In this situation, not because of your money, but because you value the teacher’s time, you can’t be late or lazy in your daily practices. You know that.
And what happens when exams are coming up for a passing grade? Well, since the examination tables are made up of unknown teachers, it’s not enough to make mistakes, so the practice is usually intensified on your side and the teacher will also spend an extra hour with you. Here the calculation of time is already internalized, how long it takes me to go, to return, what day I can, what day I can’t. If I postpone this, if I move that along. Combine school, family, friends. The whole puzzle is being subjected to the simple and complicated variable: time.
Besides, imagine that the teacher’s house is far away and on such a day your friend, an aunt, or your old man can take you, and that so-and-so or can bring you back. As you can see, in the development of taste, here as an example of private tuition, one learns to value, also, and very much, the time of others, the routine of others. Thus, when someone gives us their time to help us develop our taste, they are training us in the best way to value it. No need for speeches, pure experience, makes us appreciate it.
|Time and taste developed – Part 1|
|Time and taste developed – Part 2|
|Developed taste and humility|
|Developed taste and natural exclusion|