Anonymous asked: Dear Mr Finkel, These talks are wonderful - systematic, practical and musically inspiring. I guess everyone here would like to have you as their own teacher. Given that's impossible, I was wondering if you think it's a good idea to study with more than one cello teacher at once, if for example you can't get to a great teacher regularly. Or does that route lead to mixed messages and confusion?
Thank you for your response! It is always a good idea to get feedback from other teachers. I would focus on studying with one main teacher at a time, and seek feedback through masterclasses or one-off private lessons with other teachers. Different perspectives can only help to diversity your “tool belt”, and find new ways of playing and thinking. At the same time, seeing a teacher is like seeing a doctor. You should stick with one that you will see regularly so they can chart your progress and growth. They will know best how they can help you.