Guitar Lessons Over the Internet

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In addition to my in-person lessons, I now offer private guitar lessons over the internet using a webcam to advanced students living in or outside of my area. Actually, anywhere in the world.

For 30+ years, I’ve taught one-on-one, face-to-face private guitar lessons, which is my preferred way to teach due to the personal interaction. With the latest in live-streaming and video-conferencing technology, we now have access to the whole world and smoother conferencing capabilities at our fingertips. So now is a good time to step into using the systems that are available to connect with others across the miles and country borders.

Who Will Benefit from Online Lessons

Even though I teach lessons from beginners to advanced in my in-person lessons, I don’t offer beginner lessons over the internet. My online lesson are ONLY for advanced guitar players. I prefer to teach brand new beginners in-person. Advanced students would be anyone who is familiar with a few of the basic guitar chords and has played long enough to strum through a few songs.

Online Lessons – 2 Options:

  • Weekly 30-minute Lessons ($20 per lesson, paid by the month) This is the BEST choice for any student who wants to progress steadily and quickly. You’ll have a set weekly time slot. This is a month-to-month commitment and is prepaid to reserve your spot for the month. My weekly online lessons are 30 minutes long at the same price as my in-person lessons. Available time slots are any of the weeknight slots posted at my website on the Lessons page. CLICK HERE to Request Your Lesson Slot.
  • Single On-Demand Lessons on Fridays ($25 for 30-minutes, paid by the lesson)  For those who are advanced or pro-level players and are interested in taking a lesson whenever you want (not on a fixed weekly schedule), this one is for you. This works best for the advanced guitar player who wants an occasional lesson(s) to learn a playing technique, need developmental pointers, Jazz or Blues soloing, or anything you want to learn. Available time slots are on FRIDAYS ONLY and would be any of the available time slots you choose that are posted at my website on the Lessons page. You can choose 1 – 2 lessons in a month. Lesson(s) must be prepaid through PayPal at the time of booking the time-slot. You can request a lesson from 7 days to 24 hours in advance. CLICK HERE to Request Your Lesson Slot.

So How Does Internet Lessons Work?

Lessons will be given on any one of these 3 platforms (all are FREE to download and use):

You also need to need to have the following to participate in online lessons:

  • A high-speed internet connection.
  • PC or laptop with a webcam.
  • Your own guitar for lessons and practice
  • Printer to print lesson material emailed to you.

Set Up

My internet lessons are scheduled based on my available lessons slots posted on Lessons website. We’ll be using Zoom as my first choice for lessons, which is free to use. If there are issues with it, we’ll use one of the other available formats.

Scheduling and Lesson Content

As with all of my lessons, I’ll need to assess your capabilities and know where you want to go. That way I can customize the lessons to your needs. When requesting online lessons, please email me to let me know your preferred time for your lessons, a brief idea of what you’ve learned and what you want to work on in the lesson; techniques, styles you like, theory, scales, chords…just as you would if we were to have a lesson in person. You can send me an email at jimcruzmusic@gmail.com.

Connection Test

After I get your email with your time preference and info, I’ll get back to you and we will arrange a connection test for audio and video quality. Please have Skype downloaded and your webcam installed with functioning audio/video and high speed internet. If you are happy and comfortable with the test run we will finalize your time slot

Lesson Payment

If you’re signing up for Weekly Lessons or the Single On-Demand Lessons, you’ll be prepaying for your lessons via PayPal once you receive confirmation from me of the specific time slot we agree upon. Payment is required to reserve the time spot that you’re requesting.

Online Lesson Preparation

I will make sure I understand what you want your lesson to concentrate on. Initially, I may need some clarification with questions back to you, just to make sure.

  • The written part of our lesson will be prepared and emailed to you ahead of time in a PDF file. We will go over the material on camera and the lesson is yours to keep.
  • Please have Zoom installed with functioning audio/video. You can run tests on your computer using the interfaces. Wide screen view is best and again, high-speed internet required.
  • Payment will need to be received prior to the lesson time. Please complete payment request.
  • Please have a quiet well-lit comfortable area without background distractions for our lesson.
  • Your guitar needs to be pre-tuned to concert pitch (A440) before your lesson using an electric guitar tuner.
  • The written lesson will be emailed to you before our lesson time in standard notation or tablature. To open PDF files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed (already available on most computers/laptops).

Thanks much!


Request Your Online Guitar Lesson Slot Today!

Weekly Online Lessons or Single On-Demand Lessons: If you’re ready to get started on your online lessons, CLICK HERE to go to my contact form. When contacting me, include the day & time slot you want (from my available openings) and enter what you want to learn. Also, briefly let me know about your playing experience. I’ll respond to you within 24 hours. Feel free to ask any questions as well.

Thanks!

Jim