How do Skype lessons work?
Skype is an amazing piece of software which means that we can communicate for free using video and audio over the Internet. This means that at a prearranged time we can have a lesson together.
Lessons last for 30 or 60 minutes and I will send you all materials that we work on in PDF format as well as any backing tracks etc we work with.
If you have never used Skype or even heard of it just click here for more details and to download it.
What is good about it?
You can get instant feedback from me when you play the harmonica. This means you know whether or not you’re doing something right.
If you have any questions you can just ask me and I can answer you straightaway with musical examples.
We are all in different time zones but we can find a time that is convenient for all of us. I tend to teach local face-to-face lessons in the evenings here and internationally over Skype in the mornings. I currently teach students in England, Germany and Australia.
You have the comfort of being at home during a music lesson which is great because it can be sometimes quite intimidating coming to a music studio for the 1st time but if you’re in your own home you are already comfortable!
What is bad about it?
There are some elements of a music lesson which are hard to recreate over Skype. Normally, I would play simultaneously with my students so that we can practice grooving together. However, there is an incredibly small delay over Skype which means that this doesn’t really work. However, I have found that it is perfectly possible to work around this by alternating between us when we’re playing. It leads to a more focused listening experience which is actually quite beneficial.
The sound quality isn’t always perfect but this can be remedied by making sure that we both have good quality audio equipment.
How to organise one?
I am not currently accepting new students for Skype lessons.