Skype Guitar Lessons
No matter where you live, you can learn guitar with me! Skype makes it easy for me to teach you guitar technique, guitar theory, soloing, guitar performance, and songs as if we were in the same room. Don't let distance keep me from teaching you how to jam!
Skype lessons depend on having the right technology so lets make sure that you have the right equipment and internet connection to make it possible for you.
First, you need a reliable and fairly fast broadband internet connection. Skype’s website has some minimum requirements but for quality video you will want to have both fast download and upload speeds.
Well, the closer you physically are to me then maybe you can get by with 25 mbps download and 5 mbps. If you are further away, like continents away, you will want as much broadband speed as you can get.
You will need a computer or a newer and fast tablet. Processing speed matters so you don’t want to use an older system. Slower systems don’t process video very well and it can cause the video quality to degrade which obviously isn’t good for guitar lessons.
Also, the more RAM the better. Again, this can really help with video processing.
A newer MacBook or iPad would be ideal.
You definitely want to send me quality video when using Skype for guitar lessons. Built in cameras are always great quality and they require your computer’s processor to do video compression which eats up your computer’s available processing power quickly.
The standard for webcams for Skype lessons is still the Logitech C920. It’s been out for a long time so it’s tried and true. It’s still, however, gives excellent video quality and it also does video compression in the camera before it sends the data to your computer. Finally, the price is now under $50 depending on where you look. It’s a good bargain for what you get.
You might also want to use a camera stand so that you can adjust the camera to the best height for you.
You may want to try using the microphone on your webcam to see if that works well enough in order to save money but it may not be adequate.
If you’re not getting the audio quality that you want or you are not able to get a good balance of sending your voice as well as your guitar audio to me so that I hear both clearly, you may want to consider using a USB room mic, something like the Blue Snowball USB Mic will do a great job in being able to pick up both your guitar and your voice and it plugs right into your computer via USB. It runs about $50.
This is certainly not a pre-requisite but it can really help.
You can use your computer speakers, your bluetooth speakers, or ideally you can use headphones to make sure that you can hear me clearly.
Skype is free and is available for Windows, Android, OS X, and iOS. You can find the latest version of Skype here:
VIDEO RECORDING SOFTWARE
You may want to record the Skype lesson on your end. The recording quality will be limited to the quality of the Skype session. This means that if the connection isn’t great for the whole lesson then you will record the lesson as you see it on your end, even if that means that I don’t come across perfectly clear all the time.
If you want to record the session on your end, I recommend Call Recorder by Ecamm. It’s not free but you can try it with a free trial and if you like it then you can buy it for less than $30.
You can find read more about it here:
For an additional fee, I will record the lesson and make it available for your downloading with DropBox.
“SO NOW THAT I HAVE ALL THE RIGHT GEAR, HOW DO SKYPE LESSONS WORK?”
Once you’ve emailed me to let me know that you’re interested in lessons, I will get back with you and let you know if I have am currently taking new students.
We’ll need to find you a regular weekly time that works for both of us.
Next, I we will do one free lesson to make sure that Skype lessons will be a good fit. We want to make sure that you are comfortable with the format. We want to work out any bugs in the Skype process so that we’re ready for smooth lessons. Lastly, we want to make sure that you feel like I’ll be able to serve you as your teacher in the way that you are hoping.
Sometimes the teacher/student chemistry is amazing. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t quite mesh for whatever reason. It’s never personal. I just want to make sure that we’re both confident that you the Skype lesson format will work for you before you commit to paid lessons. This is a courtesy for you!
In order to have this first lesson, you’ll want to make sure that your equipment is all set up. We’ll want to make sure that we are added to each other’s Skype contact list so that we can connect for video calls. When it’s time for the lesson then I will call you over Skype so make sure you are ready so that you can answer the call and we can get going right away.
Finally, after the initial lesson and we decide to move forward with lessons, you will pay for your first month in advance using PayPal and we will get started on your journey to achieve your guitar goals!
There are definitely a lot of things to take care of in order to be prepared for Skype lessons, but once we’ve had our first lesson it’s usually a piece of cake after that.
Need help using skype?
Head over to my page with how-to's for using Skype for learning guitar.