Some days it is very difficult reading the posts in theory asking for help.
If I post I know the answer (its what I teach every day) then I'm seen as spamming because UG has a no ad policy.
If I say nothing, as I often do, I feel like I'm watching someone drown knowing fully well I can help them beyond anything they would have ever imagined.
I wonder if this is how a doctor feels when he has to turn away a patient he knows he can help, and he knows is suffering, simply because the patient has no means to pay, or the insurance isn't accepted there?
Surely he has to be paid, and I understand it, he cant go charging others for the help and give it free the the person sitting next to the person being charged?
Having a light to help others, when your passion is to help others and shine that light, can be a double edged sword ...
In the US it's actually the law that a hospital cannot turn away a patient based on inability to pay. We all need to make a living, so we do ask for payment for our labor, our services, our help . . . sometimes though, we do see people who need help who don't have the resources to obtain what they need. We should see those times as opportunities to help others. I'm not saying you should give your lessons away for free, but it wouldn't cost you anything to occasionally point in the right direction.
zhilla wrote on Apr 7th, 2010 at 10:52am : Interesting conondrum. If you don't help you feel bad, if you do help its unfair on your paying students so you still feel bad. I'm sure you'll work out how to find a balance between the two though.
Mentoring guitarists and helping those in need has proven to be just what I needed to resolve my desire to help others who are lost, and yet managed to protect the integrity of my own lesson program at the same time for those who are loyal students that have invested in them.