Skype guitar lessons?

Mark PMark P Posts: 2,267Member
I'm currently wondering about some guitar lessons - face to face rather than just lessons on JamPlay. Though so far I've had no luck with any of the possible local tutors replying to my enquiries. I guess a lot of tutors would rather have the simpler task of pupils who want to learn songs than those like me who want to learn how to improve improvisational skills.

I am looking at learning more about both blues and the more jazzy/melodic cross-breed stuff I do as two separate exercises. I think I am less concerned about finding material to try to continue progress on blues - lots of lessons / backing tracks etc around generally.
Though my progress with blues is hampered by:-
(1) the "risk taking" needed for good blues is very much at odds with my natural inclinations
(2) currently to get a semi convincing stab at blues I either need to be in a foul mood, or I have to psych myself up to be in one like some method actor

But for the more fusiony genre stuff - good teachers, lessons and backing tracks are harder to come by. This is the area where in the last couple of years I have progressed most I feel, thanks mainly to David Wallimann via video lessons. It is also an area of music I want to explore more and get much better at. But I feel I'm reaching the stage where a bit more is needed in the learning process than just a video - particularly as the need for chromatic playing, and out of the box notes becomes more necessary.

I just noticed that David Wallimann does private 1 to 1 Skype lessons. Now given that it is his video teaching that has brought me this far .... seems like it could make sense to bring his personal guidance into my guitar playing too? His CV / experience certainly are more impressive than anything I've seen and am likely to see locally.

Anyone tried Skype for getting guitar lessons (or for anything else that would suggest how well lessons might work)? I have never used Skye at all for anything. I know and like him as a teacher and as a person so if Skype could work ... could be a good idea?

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  • MegiMegi Posts: 6,955Member
    You might have to try it out and see Mark - personally I think it could be a brilliant idea, surely got to be worth a try? smile Don't know what he charges, but even one lesson a month (or just one lesson at all!) with someone very accomplished can be eye opening (or should I say ear opening?) and provide you with the basis for plenty of stuff to practice.

    If you do end up looking for a local teacher instead though, I'd say (I would wouldn't I? grin ) just consider looking to find a good jazz guitarist. I think even if you're not ultimately wanting to play out and out jazz, a good jazzer could open up a lot of harmonic possibilities for you. But make sure they do know their stuff, there are unfortunately a lot of people about who say they can play jazz, and perhaps they even believe that themselves, but IMO should not be making that claim.
  • PipsterPipster Posts: 146Member
    Originally Posted By: Mark P
    I'm currently wondering about some guitar lessons - face to face rather than just lessons on JamPlay. Though so far I've had no luck with any of the possible local tutors replying to my enquiries. I guess a lot of tutors would rather have the simpler task of pupils who want to learn songs than those like me who want to learn how to improve improvisational skills.

    I am looking at learning more about both blues and the more jazzy/melodic cross-breed stuff I do as two separate exercises. I think I am less concerned about finding material to try to continue progress on blues - lots of lessons / backing tracks etc around generally.
    Though my progress with blues is hampered by:-
    (1) the "risk taking" needed for good blues is very much at odds with my natural inclinations
    (2) currently to get a semi convincing stab at blues I either need to be in a foul mood, or I have to psych myself up to be in one like some method actor

    But for the more fusiony genre stuff - good teachers, lessons and backing tracks are harder to come by. This is the area where in the last couple of years I have progressed most I feel, thanks mainly to David Wallimann via video lessons. It is also an area of music I want to explore more and get much better at. But I feel I'm reaching the stage where a bit more is needed in the learning process than just a video - particularly as the need for chromatic playing, and out of the box notes becomes more necessary.

    I just noticed that David Wallimann does private 1 to 1 Skype lessons. Now given that it is his video teaching that has brought me this far .... seems like it could make sense to bring his personal guidance into my guitar playing too? His CV / experience certainly are more impressive than anything I've seen and am likely to see locally.

    Anyone tried Skype for getting guitar lessons (or for anything else that would suggest how well lessons might work)? I have never used Skye at all for anything. blush I know and like him as a teacher and as a person so if Skype could work ... could be a good idea?


    I think it's a good idea. Surely he would do a trial lesson where there would be no commitment and let you try it and see if it suits you. Keep us informed though as it sounds like a really good idea.
  • Mark PMark P Posts: 2,267Member
    Thank you for your comments and suggestions guys - I appreciate the help. It's not that I feel I'm not making progress, but that I feel I could make even more (greedy!). I tried a recording this weekend revisiting a Backing Track I last used two and a half years ago - I was pleased with what I did back then, and it still sounds pretty good, but the new recording has at least shown me I'm still making good progress on my own - though more perhaps in phrasing and dynamics and free flow of the music than in note choices.

    I agree about the good Jazz guitarist Graham. There is still one local tutor I've not tried contacting yet that has a strong jazz leaning and has been a lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and a number of Universities. He says he is "an advocate of practical theory - how to explore theory on your instrument." I like that approach, but it is one that David Wallimann uses and I feel I know him well enough that there would be none of that awkwardness of getting to know the new teacher. cool

    Yes Pipster - there's no commitment, it's just one lesson at a time as far as Skype goes, but as he's in the USA there's a bit of complication getting a time when he's available for teaching and I'm not at work or asleep! He doesn't do weekends. My main worry is never having used Skype I would need to make sure I knew how it worked (techno fear! eek ) and get the required webcam etc and have it set up properly - if you book a Skype lesson and your set-up's wrong and doesn't work you (quite rightly) still get charged for the lesson.

    At $40 for 50 minutes it's pretty well in line with what the better teachers charge round here.

    Anyway - to be going on with I've bought and downloaded one of David's live 90 minute on line master class teaching sessions (on melodic arpeggios). Which may help give me a clearer idea of whether to pursue this idea).

    I also see he does an alternative - book any lesson and instead of meeting with me on Skype he can instead record a private video lesson for me. Maybe this as a next stage and then Skype? confused
  • Ape09090Ape09090 Posts: 2,744Member
    I use skype every day for text messaging and I use video messaging a few times a week as well and I could see a skype guitar lesson being a brilliant and very informative way to spend some time.

    Let us know how you get on.
  • john87300john87300 Posts: 162Member
    One thing I've noticed with Skype over here is that a busy times, Friday evenings for example, things tend to slow down quite a bit, which may just be a thing with France Telecom, or a more general problem.
  • Ape09090Ape09090 Posts: 2,744Member
    I'd recommend using a 720p camera over a 1080p as it uses much less bandwidth and processing power but either way you'll need a very good internet connection and a good CPU too.
  • PipsterPipster Posts: 146Member
    I really do think it is a great idea. Are you able to record the lesson? Just for yourself to go over and refer back to?
  • Mark PMark P Posts: 2,267Member
    Thanks for the advice on Skype and the equipment - I appreciate it as it's all a closed book to me so far.

    I must admit that the internet connection quality is a thought. In a household of 4 adults all of whom use the internet a lot there's quite a heavy load sometimes. Also we are in an old house with a very old phone line and are also not that close to the BT exchange.

    Hmmm. confused

    However I think the Skype thing will have to go on at least a temporary hold. One of the local (well - fairly local) tutors I previously tried to contact got back to me. I'd given him a run down on what I was after, he's heard some of my recordings (poor sod!) and he seems enthusiastic about being able to help me out. Whether he will retain that enthusiasm after trying to teach me things is another question! laugh

    Oh - just to confirm reference your earlier suggestion Graham - this tutor is currently a tutor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, as well as at various schools and schools of music, and specialised at University in Performance, Composition and Jazz.

    I think I need to give it a go .... eek
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