Guitar Lessons via Skype
Lately, I’ve been stacked with work and obligations that I’ve barely been having time to breathe! Days with back-to-back school, work, side jobs, charity projects, and personal stuff is making me feel like a machine. Nonetheless, I’m working on downsizing to make my life a little easier. In doing so, I’ve had to cut out time from guitar lessons since my lunch breaks for work have been cut short – I’ve had to do 30 minute lessons at a time, and sometimes skip them.
Fortunately, I have a guitar teacher who focuses on his students’ successes – Mark pointed out that lessons should be 1 hour long rather than 30 minutes to be getting what I initially signed up for. I feel the average guitar instructor would probably think why not get paid in full for half-time sessions? If the student doesn’t know or care, why should I? Not Mark! In fact, I had my first Skype guitar lesson to accommodate for my random availability. It went just as well as a live lesson!
Being the lazy and exhausted person I can sometimes be, it was most convenient for me since I didn’t even have to roll out of bed – I just propped up my iPad and pulled out my guitar while continuing to be warm and cozy in all my makeshift snuggie blankets (well I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one of those, but after trying to make a functional jacket-like garb, I see the benefits of having an actual snuggie – or wearing a jacket or robe backwards).
Although it was online, Mark was able to catch and correct my mistakes such as improperly arching my fingers and not doing the finger stretches correctly. He told me he teaches students all over the world via webcam, which is great because that means you have an excellent, accessible guitar teacher no matter where in the world you are, so long as you have a WiFi connection and webcam.
To take online lessons, you follow the same protocol – simply go to his calendar, see what availability works for you, and sign up for a lesson. Try it out, it will be worth your time!