I figure a good father - son team ought to answer this one.
I played bass for many years. My son is now 12. He's been playing bass for the school for 2 years now. I went out and got him his own bass and amp, let him use my upright, etc. I will add that Playing bass was his choice; I'd be happy with whatever he chose to play.
So the issue is getting him to practice. It's like pulling teeth. I don't yell, don't make a fuss, I figure why ruin it for him.
Here's what I don't get. From time to time, the teacher will tell him that he needs to work on something. So he brings it home, and we'll work on it together. I'll play the electric bass, he'll play the upright. And it is a mess.
The notes are off, the timing is off, and when I say "gee, I think you are flat here", or "that's a whole note there", I'll get something along the lines of "Well, that's how I play it!" I have been told that there's something wrong with the metronome.
So I'm thinking that maybe he doesn't hear it. I've talked to the teacher, however, and she says that he plays in time and in tune. This makes me thing that this is a father - son thing here.
Any advice you can offer here?