What equipment do I need to learn guitar on Skype?
- Fast internet access
Can you help me set up my Skype guitar lesson workspace?
Yes! I'll send you some very-easy-to-follow directions to help you get set up.
What webcam is best for me to get?
Which video service/app is the best for guitar lessons?
In my opinion, guitar lessons on Skype can't be beat. If you're new to Skype, then go here to view a FAQ on how to use it.
After I book my first lesson with you, do I call you at the time of our lesson?
No. I will call you at the exact time of your lesson. Keep Skype open before your lesson starts, and be sure to be signed in so that we don't get delayed. Also, delays that occur on your end are non-refundable.
Do I have to book a slot in a different time zone?
No. You will be presented with time slots in your time zone.
What if you aren't calling? What happens then?
If I don't call you and it's later than 10 minutes from the start of your lesson, then assume that I am in an emergency and I won't be calling. Also, expect an immediate apology and a refund if your lesson was prepaid.
If I don't end up calling right at the time of your lesson starts, we'll either go late or I'll prorate you. But again, don't worry about calling me. If things are bad on my end, like if I'm in an emergency situation, I'll get back to you as soon as I can, and I will also refund you.
What happens if I'm in the middle of an emergency?
Don't email me. Take care of your stuff, and email me after the danger has passed you. I'll refund any emergency (with the exception of internet going down).
What if my internet access is down?
You need a great internet connection to make Skype guitar lessons work. If your internet goes down or is too slow for Skype lessons, I will not refund your money. You need 1.5 mbps up and down at the very least (go here to check) for this to work.
I repeat: Any internet issues on your end are non refundable. If my internet is out, I will completely refund your money, immediately.
Do I need to buy a book?
Not at all. I've digitized all of the materials and I will send them to you. Further, I've got tons of videos of specific techniques and workflows ready to go. What's even better is that I'll help you create and record custom guitar videos for your practicing.
No book is needed, I've got your back. You're going to be all set.
What's the minimum speed for video chat guitar lessons that I need for good picture and sound?
Skype recommends that you have 1.5 mbps up and down for HD video. I have upgraded my internet to being far above this, so all you need to get is that 1.5 up and down. If you're unsure, go here to test the speed of your internet connection..
I would recommend being connected at home via your own personal internet connection and not your phone's data plan. The latter is expensive and unruly. The former is stronger and can handle video streaming easily.
In addition, make sure no one else is downloading, streaming, or doing anything else that is bandwidth-heavy while we are in our guitar lesson.
What about Facetime, or Google Hangouts?
FaceTime really sucks for online lessons, so that one is out. Google Hangouts is a little better, though Skype is the best. We'll use Google Hangouts if Skype's service is interrupted, but otherwise, it's Skype or nothing.
If you're new to Skype, then go here to view a FAQ on how to use it.
If you're new to Google Hangouts, then go here to view a FAQ on how to use it.