Do Skype Guitar Lessons Really Work?
So earlier this year, I made the move to live in thailand for 6 months of the year. This has been a dream of mine since I learned you could actually design your own life. I loved my life in New Zealand and was very comfortable. but, maybe just a little too comfortable. I wanted to get away and concentrate on what was to be my next 'upgrade' version of me.
I had 3 main objectives.....
1. Get my health back on track (another post will cover the reason)
2. Build the 'Mark TheGuitarGuy' brand online.
3. Finish my 'Dust & Gold' Album ready for sale.
One of the plans I decided on was to get back into teaching guitar, but I had a real barrier when it came to doing Skype lessons. Basically I wasn't convinced that it would work as a medium for teaching guitar. So for years I'd avoided teaching via Skype....I had a bunch of reasons! Here are just a few...
1. I thought that the inability to reach out and physically adjust peoples technique would be a major issue.
2. The connection between teacher and student would either not exist or be hindered too much.
3. The use of teaching resources like chord charts, scale shapes, songs and TAB would be an issue.
4. People would struggle with the technology and we'd spend entire sessions trying to sort those issues out.
5. Payment would be a problem.
6. Timezones would be a problem.
7. No-one thinks that Skype lessons are any use.
I decided to at least give it a go and see if anyone was interested. And I would have to sort out any issues as I went. I posted a video and Facebook post letting everyone know that I was looking for students and that I was offering the first lesson for FREE!
This was because, in the past this made people "bite the bullet"and "push the GO button" on getting a lesson with me....I mean, what have you got to lose right?
Actually, I know how scary it is to make the decision to do a lesson. Even more if it's someone you've been following on YouTube for a while.
If it was free, then people couldn't complain if it turned out all the above negatives actually were true.
My thinking was, if the lessons were 65% as good as face to face, then it's worthwhile.
So?.......Is it any good?
A HUGE YES!!!!