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My teacher's name is Nicholas Heaton and I have online video lessons with him through the website takelessons.com
I live in a pretty small town and would have to travel about an hour and a half to find a teacher in person and i also work full time and go to college full time; so online lessons were the best choice for me. The way it works is basically like skype, so we both can see and hear each other. It's really convenient to be able to have a lesson from home with flexible times and its affordable.
What I like about Nick is that he has a lot of experience teaching beginner adults like me. Most of the people that i see using online lessons are adults doing so because they don't have the time or ability to travel and take lessons in person. He's really cool about flexibility or changing a lesson time because of work/school. He lets you progress as fast or as slow as you need and is open to helping you work on music of your choice. He used to be in an orchestra but now teaches full time so he has a lot of experience. I like how he's able to explain concepts in an understandable way and doesn't make you feel dumb for not knowing something that you think should be obvious.
I never really thought about lessons over Skype. It sounds like a good option if you are not able to find a local instructor. As long as your teacher can see your posture and help guide you as you are playing. My teacher is always correcting my bow hold, left hand, posture, bow pressure, just about everything as I am playing, which I am so grateful for. I don't know how I would learn to avoid/fix these things without her. I believe that is a major part of private lessons.
I like that he is so knowledgeable and encouraging. That is also very valuable! And it is crucial to be able to explain over Skype and communicate very well for you.
If he is helping you reach your goals and you are progressing than it is worth every penny!
- Pete -
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