Guitar Lessons Over the Internet

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I’m excited to now offer private lessons over the internet using a webcam to students living outside of my area and 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 because I love 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 online. I do, however, offer online lessons to advanced or pro-level players. I prefer to teach brand new beginners in-person. The online lessons are 30 minutes long and the prices differ depending on the following options that I offer below.

2 Online Lesson Options:

  • Weekly 30-minute Lessons (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. Available time slots would be the same as is posted at my website for my McDonough Home Studio schedule. If offer these through a 3rd party source who will do all of my scheduling as well as payment processing. CLICK HERE to learn more and to Sign Up Today.
  • On-Demand Online Lessons ($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 song, a playing technique, need developmental pointers, Jazz or Blues soloing, or anything you want to learn. 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. Unlike the previous option, this is not done through a 3rd party but through me personally. Available time slots would be the same as is posted at my website for my McDonough Home Studio schedule.

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 my schedule page for my Home Studio location. We’ll be using either Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom, which are all free software downloads. If you are signing up for my weekly lessons through my 3rd party lesson provider, they will forward you info on getting set up on their online lesson platform and testing it out. If you’re signing up for the occasional On-Demand lessons, I can help you with the installation and set up of the programs. Skype is our first preference. If there issues with it, we’ll use one of the others.

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. Please email me your preferred time to take your lessons, a brief idea of what you’ve learned, your weaknesses, and what you want to work on in the lesson; songs you want to learn, techniques, styles you like, theory, scales, chords…just as you would if we were to have a lesson in person.

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 regular weekly lessons, your lesson payments will be handled through them. If you’re signing up for the On-Demand lessons, then you’ll be prepaying me for your lessons via PayPal  once your specific time slot is agreed upon. Payment is required to reserve the time spot that you’re requesting. All of this will be done through

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 Skype or one of the other platforms 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.

And of course, it goes without saying but I have to say it anyway: No nudity, profanity or intoxication will be tolerated. Just be cool and be ready to learn.

Thanks much!


Request Your Online Guitar Lesson Slot Today!

Weekly Online Lessons: If you’re ready to start your adventure learning to play guitar through weekly online lessons with and experienced pro, CLICK HERE. 

On-Demand Lessons (advanced players only): If you’re signing up for On-Demand Lessons to take an occasional lesson, 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