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    GAboy
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    Any beginning adults using video conferencing/Skype to take lessons? I’m interested in any experiences or thoughts you might have.

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    Dianne Adkins
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    Hi GAboy, I just wanted to let you know, in case you didn’t already know, private lesson via video conferencing on Skype are offered here at ViolinTutorPro.com. You can check all the available teachers here: http://www.violintutorpro.com/private-lessons/ And I think you can try it out with the first lesson for free!

    I’m not on that list, because I tried Skype with a student of mine a couple years ago and was concerned about the tone. I don’t know if it was the connection or the computer but it was very poor and so distracting I didn’t want to do it again. I discussed this with Michael and he said the tech has improved quite a bit over the last couple of years. I think I need to exert more effort to test my webcam and get used to Skype. Possibly invest in some mic or some other equipment that allows a true violin tone production. I’ve been putting that off, but it’s on my to do list.

    There are several teachers listed on the Private Lessons page, including Michael Sanchez. I’m pretty sure you can get a first free lesson with most of them.

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    Daniel Ware
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    This is actually a good question. I’ve been curious just how well the lessons using Skype are. I mean that entirely from a technological perspective. I don’t want to make it sound like I’m doubting the instructors. If I decided to try learning the violin, the Skype lessons might be the best avenue for me to get lessons so I would like to hear from students and teachers on how good effective they really are as far as the technology goes and what are some of the drawbacks of it compared to being there in person.

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    GAboy
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    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.

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