Guitar lessons on Skype: pros and cons
Learn to play the guitar through Skype
With the growth of social media through sites like Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Snapchat, the entire world is now linked to the internet in one way or another. People find it easier to communicate online than to talk over a normal phone line. It’s even easier for us to shop online rather than having to drive into town, struggle to find a place to park, and queue at the store.
Businesses are finding new and exciting ways to reach people through the Internet, so it was not difficult to see that eventually education and learning will be available through the Internet.
Skype is not a new program; It has been around for several years, but it was not until high speed broadband became available that it became a medium for the reliable transmission of video and audio.
Now we can replace the classroom with a monitor and the catchment area for the students has become the whole world.
However, we must remember that the same rules apply when selecting a teacher if you want to learn to play the guitar.
Opinions differ as to whether a guitarist should have formally studied his instrument. Your teacher may have gone to school, but he may also have studied individually with dozens of professional players.
If you are considering a teacher with no college background, look up a list of references and review what they teach.
In addition to showing you the technique, you will want a teacher to explain music theory to you to give you a deeper understanding of what you are playing.
Many great guitarists can teach, but they may not be experienced teachers. Conveying information is its own art form and everyone learns differently. A good education alone will not work: choose a guitarist who has at least a few years of teaching behind him. If they are new to teaching and you agree with that, make sure they give you a competitive rate with other teachers.
Casual or rigorous? Loaded with theory or focused on a single technique or song? There are as many different ways to take a guitar lesson as there are teachers and students. Ask yourself what you want to gain from your experience. If you’re just doing this for fun, you might want a more laid-back teacher. If you want to learn as much as possible, find someone to keep you on your toes.
Of course, there are pros and cons to selecting to learn online, here are some of them in greater detail.
Because you are no longer limited to regional locations, you can select a teacher from anywhere in the world.
No more missed trips to your lesson
Students can practice to the point of the lesson to make sure they are warm and ready for the lesson.
Students feel more comfortable in their home environment and feel more relaxed and find it easier to act and play more than they would in a classroom situation.
Due to the nature of Skype lessons, students spend more time playing games than they normally would in a face-to-face lesson.
If you are a busy parent and are trying to find time to attend classes and also take care of another sibling, then the problem disappears, the student can learn the lesson of why he has time to do other things.
The teacher is not in the same room as the student, so he cannot manipulate his wrists, fingers, elbows, etc.
Teacher and student are unable to play together due to a delayed webcam (and all webcam sessions experience lag).
You need an internet connection.
Students can be distracted by outside sources, siblings, animals, neighbors, etc. however, note that this can also occur in a lesson if it is taught to a student at home.
Here is the minimum configuration you will need:
High speed internet connection
Computer, with enough processing power to send and receive streaming video and audio (anything on the market today can handle it)
Webcam, either built into a laptop or purchased separately
Microphone, either built-in or separate, over time you may want to upgrade to a higher quality microphone.
Having a good pair of headphones is also recommended in case you feel distracted or the internet quality starts to weaken during a lesson.
This is the minimum you will need to participate in an online lesson. You will need to install the Skype software on that computer. Go to Skype.com and they will guide you. Choose an appropriate username, usually your own name, if available.
Payment for online lessons is normally done through PayPal, talk to your teacher and they will usually let you know how they want to be paid. Some teachers offer lesson packages that can save you money over a period of time.