Hello and Welcome!
Why Bother With Skype Lessons?
A good question and it deserves an answer.....and the ones I'm providing you with come from my own students.
A typical student does one or both of these things: They buy a "how to play" book,and take fellow players' advice on free web courses. (which consist of pre recorded lessons that aren't interactive)
The new player (with NO previous music experience) then attempts to learn from the book,pre recorded lessons or both. This can go on for weeks or months.
Then frustration sets in as the newly born musician struggles to understand how to hold the instrument as well as right and left hand techniques. They lack the knowledge of knowing if they're doing it right,wrong,or if there's a better way of having their left hand on the neck,etc. The book nor pre recorded material can see the student to suggest a better way of technique,or adjustments needing to be made.
Procrastination sets in as the aspiring musician gets distracted by events going on in his/her life on top of the feeling they're never gonna get the hang of this as they've never touched a musical instrument in their life,and they don't reach out to real people who can watch them play and guide them.
Worst case scenario:
the mandolin or banjo winds up in the closet while the would be player has his inner critic yammer at him/her mentally about all the money they wasted on the instrument & learning materials,which can build a wall so high they'll never play again.
Best case scenario:
The budding musician realizes they need a real live teacher,one who can watch them and give good advice on all the aspects of playing,as well as encouragement,and most important,answer questions right on the spot.
They then set up a lesson with me,and the student plays happily ever after.
Click the porch pickin' pic above to be taken to my online store of traditional music books,tutorials,and handcrafted accessories! Bargains galore,and one of a kind straps and the like await you!
Pine Ridge Reservation Needs Your Help!
The reservation is in need of donations- not of money but of school supplies (needed by Aug 1 2016) box tops from General Mills products,UPC codes from Campbell's soup,craft supplies for dance contests,as well as items you may sew,knit,or crochet. Go here for more information.
If you've purchased a banjo or mandolin as a gift for a loved one,why not give them the gift of online lessons? All they need is a Skype account,their instrument,and they may need a book I recommend for learning out of. I can make arrangements with you for payment via Paypal (in addition to setting the lesson times up)