In addition to in-person guitar lessons in Seattle, I also offer webcam guitar lessons to students all over the world. I typically use Skype, but I can also use Google Video Chat, or I’ll sign up for the provider of your choice.
If you’re as excited as I am about the chance to connect with guitarists around the world via Skype guitar lessons, contact me today at my email or (206) 496-2905. We’ll talk about what you’ve done on the guitar, where you’d like to go with it, and how I can help you get there.
What You’ll Need
- high-speed internet connection
- webcam and microphone (included on most laptops these days)
- account with Skype or other video chat service
- account with PayPal
- headphones are helpful, but not required
$80 per 50-minute lesson
See my Policies page for more info.
The obvious advantage to Skype guitar lessons is that you can learn guitar from a real person without leaving home. And because your teacher doesn’t need to rent a dedicated space to do it, it comes out cheaper for you. You also have a wider selection of guitar instructors to choose from; online lessons are exploding in popularity, and there’s a global market of great players offering Skype guitar lessons, each with unique skills and insights.
It’s tough to teach beginners. Learning how to hold the guitar, how to hold a pick, and where to put your fingers is more effective when someone can show you in person, so I recommend finding a local teacher if you’re brand new to the guitar. (Come on by if you’re in Seattle.)
The other drawback is a slight delay in the audio/video feed between our computers. It’s like a long-distance phone call or a TV interview via satellite. It’s no big deal except that it prevents us from playing together with any kind of rhythm. We get around that simply by playing separately to recordings or written music.
So what sets me apart from so many others? To find out, check out my personal guitar blog, From the Woodshed, which I’ve maintained since 2007 when I quit my day job to pursue a career in music. I tried out Steve Vai’s 30-hour guitar workout, invented a jazz scale formula, put myself through a 24-Hour guitar practice marathon, created a major scale exercise to rule them all, completed my Master of Music in jazz studies, studied with Bob Magnusson, counted scales, worked on the staff at the National Guitar Workshop, studied the history of jazz guitar, made my own Real Book index, programmed an interval trainer tool, and created massive spreadsheets for learning jazz standards, songs for interval recognition, and pop chord progressions.
If you’re ready to take your playing and thinking to new heights, contact me today at my email or (206) 496-2905.