Technology has made lessons of all kinds available to folks all over the world. Even Herbie Hancock and Christina Aguilera are now offering video lessons! Real-time video chat lessons offer the ability to get a weekly lesson without having to leave your home.
I’m 49 years old, and I learned to play the guitar by video call this year!
I have also taught many voice lessons to singers around the country by Skype and FaceTime. It’s been useful for young singers and students and well as professionals needing a boost while they are on the road or in LA prepping for a live TV performance. It’s such a great tool for working with singers who would not otherwise have access to a teacher. I have found that the distance is not really a hindrance. Communication is great and instant! It’s a super helpful medium for improving your voice with out having to leave your home!
This year I had the chance to be on the learning end of the call.
My son is a professional singer- songwriter who lives in Nashville. He taught for years in our town and lots of folks wanted to continue with him when he moved away. I had always wanted to learn the guitar. As a professional singer, I needed the freedom and flexibility to play for myself. I never played before, and I was nervous that I would need the actual physical help of the teacher to hold the guitar or push down the strings or tune the instrument.
However, I found that the distance really didn’t pose a problem. Jordy was patient and encouraging. He also has a great strategy for teaching over video, so I never really felt hindered by the screen.
If I had trouble remembering how to finger a chord, Jordy would make a short video and send it to me. He wrote down a little lesson plan and sent it to me so that I would remember what to practice. When I needed to incorporate a new strum pattern, he made a quick video and sent it to me to practice along with.
To be honest, I learned more quickly from having these great instructional tools tailored just for me than if I had a teacher and a traditional guitar book. The quick videos Jordy sent kept me on track and helped me remember the concepts we were working on.
I am so thankful now to be able to play the guitar. I even led worship on the guitar last week! So much for old dogs not learning new tricks:)
Do video call lessons really work? They did for me!
Not only that, but they have allowed me to help so many singers who would not have been able to get a vocal lesson from me in person. Video lessons are a technology win!!