• Simon

Thoughts On Online Guitar Tutoring

Updated: Feb 1

Online guitar lessons are now a ubiquitous and tested format for music education. A year of covid has accelerated a seemingly inevitable change to e-learning. Everyone has experienced online tuition in some form or other and a positive result of this rough last year is that online lessons are here to stay.

Although I have taught students online for more than 5 years, I was first made aware of how well it worked back in 2011. I had become very into the style of Django Reinhardt and wanted to push my Gypsy Jazz playing to the next level. I started searching for suitable Gypsy Jazz guitar lessons near me but couldn't find anyone. After reading some online forums I found that one of my favourite guitarists in style Gonzalo Bergara taught online. I couldn't believe it, I was able to pick the brains of such a great player from the other side of the world in Argentina! I dropped him an email and had regular lessons for about a year in between his touring.

This was 10 years ago so what worked then is even better now with better cameras, faster internet, and all the fantastic features of Zoom. As I write this Tremolo Guitar School has transitioned to a completely online service. We have students from all over the world and it really is amazing to be able to meet and help so many people we could never have met in person.

I think that aside from convenience, online lessons can be a better option than in-person lessons. Most bricks and mortar music schools have high overheads and marketing budgets. To get around this they will often pay a low rate for teachers or only offer groups lessons. So you when the options are between an inexperienced tutor or having your tutors attention divided between multiple students., I would choose online lessons with a professional experienced tutor.

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1, Get Tuned up - it's important you are in tune before you log in so we don't have to waste lesson time getting it sorted. You can this previous blog for a guide.

2, Set up Zoom correctly - Follow our previous blog guide to set up zoom correctly

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