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Skype-based Guitar lessons

At the age of 36, I decided it was finally time to check off 1 item on my bucket list, learning the guitar. Fast forward 3 years later and learning the guitar has taken a back seat to family and career. It’s difficult to fit it all in. Though a lesson is typically only 30 minutes long, when you add the drive and parking, it can easily take 1 to 2 hours.

On a whim one day, I decided to search online for Skype-based guitar lessons. I found this CNET article about Lance Allen out of Nashville. I decided to shoot Lance an email and low and behold, we set up a 30 minute session once a week. The price for 30 minutes was exactly the same as the previous face to face lessons.

The day of the first lesson, I actually forgot. Fortunately, my calendar was set to remind me 5 minutes before the lesson. The beauty of Skype-based lessons is that I was able to quickly grab my guitar, point my face toward my camera on my laptop and wait for Lance to call me. Lance was very personable and the lesson went very well. The lesson only cost my day 30 minutes of time.

To my pleasant surprise, the lesson was very effective.

· Lance was able to tell my guitar was out of tune.

· During the lesson, Lance uses Skype’s instant messages to write down instructions, tabs, notes etc. This makes it very easy to copy and paste and save for later.

· Price is comparable to face to face lessons.

· The camera is able to work around personal space issues. Lance can point the camera to various angles that really enhance the learning experience.

I highly recommend giving Skype-based guitar lessons a try.

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