So I’m starting tsugaru shamisen lessons in January and I’ve been corresponding with my teacher who is always using super polite humble language with me. I’m not really sure how I should be writing to him. Is it because I’m not just a student, but a paying customer?
It’s maybe slightly awkward because he’s also living in the UK, is youngish (but a couple of years older than me), and often goes by his first name rather than family name so I don’t think he’s too bothered. But still, I don’t want to be blatantly rude.