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Thoughts On Every Other Week a One Hour Lesson VS 1/2 Hour Every Week
I had an hour lesson last week, no lesson this week, back to the half hour every week next week due to instructor needing to cancel this week’s lesson. Here are my thoughts on the hour lesson every other week vs 1/2 hour every week. What do you think?
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GregW said I suppose it's redundant given smart phone quality, but it seems to pick up better at a distance. 

Picking up at a distance sounds good. I don't have a smartphone, so no worries there.

It arrived today. It seems pretty lightweight for the price, and it came with no leads, so initially I'm disappointed. I haven't bothered trying it out yet. Ugh, it has no SD card AND no memory! I wonder if my Panasonic camera's SD card will fit. I feel ripped-off.

I was also thinking of getting a Zoom Q8 camera. Have you had any experience with one of those?

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Yeah I have the q8 and actually purchased that a while back.  It's takes good video but I wished it was 4k like their new one.  Think @MoonShadows has that model.  The q8 has interchangeable Mic modules and has 2 mic inputs with combo xlr jacks.  I haven't used the camera at a lesson but have used it to post videos here.  It falls more into the toy category for me but it's an interesting gadget to have if youre into that sorta thing.  The q1 is more of a tool for me since its so handy at class.  As far as the memory you can either get the accessory pack or pick up a micro SD card.  The literature will have a recommended bit rate and such which might be important.  Once you clear the hurdles I think you'll be happy with it

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I have the Q2n.

I bought this SD card psc=1

and the Q2n Accessory Pack psc=1 but only paid $29.99 for it, not the price that is showing on this page now.

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Couldn't remember the model but knew it was 4k.  Its also about half the price and has the same xy mics just not interchangeable nor has additional inputs but unless youra doing some type of gig where you need multiple mics I don't see thats a problem.  Think what you bought is a better product for the price.  It wasn't around back in the day for me.

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With the zoom products a Q before model is a camera and an H is a field type recorder.  KePT typing q1 meant H1 in case thats important to someone.  The h product is what I find most useful for recording class.

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By the way, some teachers may not like the idea. They might feel self conscious and worried about something that they say that could be challenged. You'll have to ask first but most likely they will like the idea.

I was always flattered that the student wanted to save my comments and never felt that it was negative in any way.

If the teacher is hesitant tell him/her that you cherish your lessons and want to get the most out of the lessons as possible.

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@Fiddlerman It is something to consider...

In fact, I have actually thought this through.  My teacher teaches mainly kids.  I am her only adult student and she likely has never been recorded during a lesson.  I doubt she would be threatened in any way by being recorded, but rather self-conscious or she would likely feel uneasy about it because it isn't something anyone has ever done with her.  She would probably suggest to cut back on material if I am feeling we need to make recordings.

Our current way to keep track of important items and things to remember during the lesson is notes.  We both make notes, either directly in the music or on not paper, to remind me when I am practicing during the week.  Also, I am always welcome to text her and ask questions any time if I forgot something or need clarification on anything.

I will probably continue this method.  So far, neither me or my teacher has had any trouble remembering from week to week what we are working on and the areas I need to improve.  And like I say, if it becomes too overwhelming I can always talk with her and we can make adjustments to the material or the pace we are moving.

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Understandable.
The first time I ever did it was by my own teachers recommendation.

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Fiddlerman said
... some teachers may not like the idea. ... You'll have to ask first ...

Absolutely.

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Well, I am on the second week of the two weeks stretch. For this particular instance, it is going well. There really was nothing that was difficult to understand in the last lesson. There were no vibrato in the lesson (wishing that comes soon), no new techniques, etc. The Webster Scherzo is just a little more involved with many many notes (my nemesis), and a couple stretches and a shift. Working on these in an hour lesson after scales, was extremely helpful. I am very hands on when learning, so the hour long hands on worked for me for familiarizing me with the stretches, timing and shift, as well as a confidence builder. My instructor told me very often, “You can do it. I know you can. You can do more with your cello than you think you can.” Remembering those words really helped this week. Now to continue smoothing it out this week.

The lesson coming up next week, we are going to start with dynamics with this song. I have never dealt with that. My first instructor was not very detail oriented. The reason the previous hour long lesson, followed by two weeks had good timing was because I could work on the stretch and shift in class over and over. I can have two weeks to get it as smoothed out as I can before we introduce dynamics in our next lesson. So, for this particular case, the hour long lesson, followed by a two week break allowing me to smooth it out as much as possible, is great timing.

My lesson would have been yesterday. There was no way I was ready to try to be concerned about dynamics. I really need this additional week. I am pretty sure this is not a format that would be as positive all the time. I am, also, pretty sure that when we start vibrato, I will pay for an extra half hour as long as I need, and have a lesson every week, with the added half hours as needed for that vibrato.

Does this make sense? I hope I explained it right. At any rate, at this time, this was just perfect timing. 

Cello and Viola Time! 

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