Does anyone remember writing or getting letters?
From grandma, from overseas or from that best friend at school? I sure don’t. Or vaguely. It seems like a lifetime ago that I wrote my last letter.
** ONLINE SKYPE GUITAR LESSONS WITH FEMALE GUITAR TEACHER **
Enter the computer age, email, texting and social networking.
The world all of a sudden becomes closer and closer and we wind up spending countless hours online. Communicating with our friends and family… and thousands of anonymous virtual friends. I must admit that I love it. Instant Communication Gratification. On all fronts. Having been a fan of Skype for quite some time, I use it to talk to my friends and family outside of L.A. including Europa. Free, fairly stable and fun I think. I mean, what’s there not to like. Free phone calls with instant video of the other party. Can’t beat that.
So why not use Skype to teach guitar lessons?
I got the idea to teach guitar on-line once I received more and more inquiries from people who wanted to know if indeed I was set up for online lessons. They had heard about me and my teaching styles and were interested in taking guitar lessons. The only problem was.. they lived outside of Los Angeles.
Enter Skype and VOILA …. I can accommodate!
And so, Shredmistress Fans worldwide, we can now connect, teach, learn and experience the wonders of guitar playing no matter were you are located. Here are some tips to make this process go smoothly.
Try not to use a wireless setup.
Plug in a cable instead and connect directly into a modem or router. It is usually much faster and more reliable that a wireless connection. Also, it helps to have high-speed internet access. As fast as you can afford it. I upgraded my service from Time Warner to something like ‘Turbo’ for $20 a month more. Really has paid off. My download speed is much faster and Skype as well.
Use Internet Explorer rather than Firefox for Skype. Skype seems to be optimized for IE from what I’ve read. Keep in mind, that these procedures change all the time and browsers get updated frequently. Safari works very well if you’re on a Mac.
About the Webcam ..
Most computers and laptops come with webcams built in. They work and can be used. You should be the judge of the quality with your built-in webcam. It really IS better though to get a standalone camera. I favor Logitech Webcams. They come with more features, higher resolutions, can be moved around, have zoom options and much more. All under $100 for the most part.
I have written a small overview of a few Logitech Webcams. There are so many on the market but these will work well. Check it out here: Logitech Webcam Overview and Review
Set up Skype properly in your computer.
Make sure your webcam is connected and configured. Including the built-in microphone or an external mike, if that’s what you are using. Use the Test functions in Skype to make sure you hear sound and can see yourself.
Be seated comfortably with your guitar
so I can see you well, especially your hands. Find out if your webcam/program has a zoom function. That way you can zoom in or out, depending on what I need to see from you. If not, just make sure you are close enough to the camera.
Before you call in for a lesson,
make sure you are connected, guitar is plugged in, sound is working and everything seems good to go. You know, there are quite a few variables that make one setup different from another. However, I do my best to accommodate all of my online students. Walking them through the progress, helping them set up their computer and equipment and trouble shoot with them until we get it right. Once we work through the initial setup and get into a routine, it is fantastic and a great way to learn or teach guitar.