Diane-thanks for the thorough response. Similar to Daniel, Skype lessons would probably be the most reasonable solution for me. Having used Skype for years to maintain contact with family, I’ve had my share of technical interruptions such as stuttering video, lost connections, audio and video out-of-sync, etc. I’m leaning toward giving it a try by attempting a few lessons via Skype on a trial basis. Using an external mic instead of the built-in mic in my laptop sounds like a very good idea.