So! you’ve always wanted to play the guitar huh? But you think that learning on your own will be too difficult without a teacher.
No problem! Guitar Lessons and teachers pop up like weeds, they’re everywhere. You don’t have to be alone. If your one of those folks that wants a guitar teacher in your town, then I can’t stress this enough.
Look for one that your personalities mesh together.Because if you don’t you will have wasted your time, energy and money. Wish you could find a better Professional Guitar Teacher?
Well, you’re in luck! Through Skype Services you can take Guitar Lessons from any teacher any where in the world, that you will be sure to get along with.
In this article I will walk you through these three tips for learning guitar through Skype, and to make sure that you get matched to the right guitar teacher and lessons thats right for you.
Tip 1: Make Sure You Have A Good Internet Connection
In order to get the most out of your lessons you are going to have to have a fairly reliable internet connection. An internet speed of at least 400 kbps for minimum download and upload is required.
But it is generally Recommended For Video Calls to have 500 kbps download and upload speeds. For me I think I would go up to 1.5 mbps or 2 mbps so not to worry about it. Also It would be good to Check With Skype Support.
So be sure to double check the speed of our connection before you sign up for any lessons. For that I’ve included this Xfinity SpeedTest from Comcast for you.
Since your going to be investing a lot of time, energy and money for guitar lessons on Skype. You will need to take into consideration what your internet provider can do for you. To help you out I’ve found a Comcast Review 2015 for you to look at.
Lets say for instance you have a lot of people in your house all on computers are streaming something. If the internet speed isn’t fast enough you may have to organize a time where you can be sure that you will be the only one using the internet at that particular time.
As a general rule the more people that are online the slower your internet will run, which will make your Skype lessons a nightmare. Guitar lessons demand some attention, and I would not want that to discourage you from continuing your education.
Tip 2: Get A Good Webcam
A good webcam will make or break your experience. You’re going to want the best picture possible so that you are able to see everything that your guitar teacher is trying to show you in detail. Maybe you don’t need the best but a good webcam won’t set you back that far.
You’ll get what you pay for here, but be sure to shop around. There might be some great deals lurking out there that you might be able to take advantage of.
Also as something to think about. You might want to consider a headset, this is not a necessity but it will make it easier for you in the long run.
Zakk Wylde – The Best Solo Live at Budokan
Tip 3: Don’t Find Your Teacher Based On Your Favorite Type of Music
The above video might be your favorite song, but! you won’t be able to play that after your first few lessons. That took Zakk years and hundreds of hours to master.
So as counter intuitive as this may sound, your guitar teacher shouldn’t and probable won’t be spending all of his or her time teaching you your favorite type of music or songs. You’d just be wasting their time and your money. Thats not saying there won’t be your favorite tunes in the curriculum.
In the early stages the guitar teacher should be educating you on the ins and outs of your instrument, building the groundwork up. So that in the future you can pursue your own interests in your free time after all practicing and homework is done. Thats when you start to emulate your favorite guitar player.
There is a general progression that a new guitar player should be walked down when they are starting their journey. Your guitar teacher should first be showing you the very basics below.
- How to hold the guitar properly
- How to tune your guitar
- Names of all open strings
- Names of fretted notes
- How to read Standard Notation
- How to read Tabs
- Teach you a simple melody
- Start learning picking techniques
- Give you some easy chord shapes
- Show you a simple strumming technique
- Help you keep time with a metronome
- Then teach you a song written for beginners
- Give you homework after every class
- Have you perform your homework for the class
And of coarse scales and music theory will all come in due time. But I think you get my drift if your guitar teacher isn’t following this basic progression or something like it. Be sure to objectively evaluate whether or not you are actually learning anything at all.
Keep in mind not all guitar teachers teach the same way, but most will be following some kind of guideline maybe not exactly as I’ve shown it here. All I’m trying to do is give you some kind of idea on what to expect. To me this would be a good indicator of their ability to teach music, and one of many other ways to tell if your guitar teacher is worth the money.
I hope that this article educated you on how to go about finding a qualified teacher to give you Guitar Lessons on Skype.
Guitar can be and often is a life long pursuit of your passion of music. It can be so rewarding once you get going.
The music is inside of you, lets get it out so it can be heard. Good luck!
Some Guitar Humor 🙂
How do you get a lead guitar player to turn down?
Answer at very bottom, wait for it! (with an added treat below) Leave a Comment and Share
A Guitarist He May Not Be – But a Trained and Very Talented Musician He Is.
Turn This Up Now !- Meet Ian Head
Answer: Hand him a piece of sheet music. 🙂