Guitar Lessons via Skype
Alistair can teach you wherever you are in the world at a time that suits you.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Study from home.
- Save time, money and effort by not needing to travel.
- Receive the same expert tuition as you would in person.
How Does It Work?
- All you need is a laptop or desktop PC, Mac, iPad or iPhone with a broadband internet connection (and/or Wi-Fi) and a webcam (built-in or external)
- You can see yourself and Alistair on one screen
- You can hear yourself and Alistair
- Alistair simply sends your lesson notes through Skype and/or email so that you can view them during your lesson
- You save your lesson notes to your computer for future reference
- You can make a video of the lesson if you wish
- Skype's software to is free to download and use (see www.skype.com)
- Alistair's online lessons run exactly the same as a one to one lesson in his home - you arrange an appointment and meet up online at that time
- The system is very easy to use, even for people who are not good with computers
- All lessons are paid for in advance through Paypal (you do not need a PayPal account) or via bank transfer.
What You See:
What Alistair Sees:
Skype Lesson Testimonials:
‘I had my first Skype lesson at the weekend. Not being a regular Skype user, I was a bit sceptical that it wouldn’t work as well as a live lesson but I have to say, it really was fantastic. Alistair has clearly put a lot of thought and planning into how to make the experience as productive and beneficial as possible. What was particularly helpful was that he was able to send text and gif files through Skype with tabs, scales, etc (all pre-prepared) which you can then have up on the screen during the lesson and save to your hard drive afterwards for future reference. I would highly recommend Skype lessons with Alistair to anyone and look forward to many more myself!’
Michael Anderson, Solicitor
‘I recently had a Skype lesson with Alistair. It was just as good as a face-to-face lesson - he could have been in the same room as me. He noticed if my hand was out of position, or if the sound wasn't quite right. I was quite surprised how well it worked. What made it even better was the fact we could send each other things there and then, links, tab, music whatever.’
Steve Giles, Technical Delivery Manager
‘Regarding the Skype lessons, for me it worked great, it was kind of the same as being at Alistair’s house, the only problem was he couldn’t make me a cup of tea, all the exercise sheets are Skyped over and easy to save, I have put them in a file and now find it more organised. I will keep having guitar lessons with Alistair as long as I can because I generally don't believe there is a better tutor for this instrument. Skype lessons are also recommended highly.’
Sam Simmons-Betts, 19, student at Guitar Tech
‘When Alistair asked me if I was interested in a lesson by Skype I had a few reservations, would the technology work? Would we spend more time setting things up? Would any time lag be problematic? But I was willing to give it a try. I can say it worked very well, I have a Mac and Alistair has a PC but there were no major compatibility issues. The lesson worked very well. Alistair was able to send chord diagrams, scale patterns and strumming advice through the text chat, which I could then save and keep. We could see and hear each other perfectly (he even has a zoom for those tricky bits). It was just like a normal lesson (i.e. very good). The only downside was that Alistair didn’t make me a coffee and I had to send the wife out (or is that another positive!). I would happily endorse lessons by Skype from Alistair.’
David Goodwin, Lead Systems Consultant
‘Skype lessons with Alistair are as fun and rewarding as face-to-face lessons with him. There were no issues with sound delays or clarity of picture. Alistair was still able to spot any mistakes I was making and then demonstrate the correct way by zooming in on his guitar. If I needed any accompanying lesson information, such as chord diagrams or strumming patterns, then Alistair could quickly send them to me via Skype. I was then able to refer to them during the lesson and store them on my computer for later practice. I would highly recommend Skype and face-to-face lessons with Alistair. He’s an enthusiastic and talented teacher with a relaxed and friendly approach that ensures lessons are always highly beneficial and extremely enjoyable.’
Chris Curtis, TV Editor
I had mixed feelings when Alistair suggested a skype lesson, not having to travel is a bonus yet was not sure how the dynamic would work when it came to seeing techniques and having annotated worksheets (tab, song lyric with chords, strum patterns etc.). My scepticism was removed in minutes, it is clear that a lot of thought has gone into making the whole experience as efficient and dynamic as possible. Learning a new song - here is the mp3 via email. Same for the chords. Need help on the strum pattern? No problem, sent over skype chat - all clear as can be. Zooming in where necessary to show me the tricky bits and catching an incorrect finger when I'm playing - all works well.’
Mischa Pakhomoff, City Trader
'Just had my first Skype lesson with Alistair.....I'm very impressed with the delivery!! For anyone who is worried that this method of instruction wont offer the same benefits of being physically in the same room as him, I say this: The sound was perfect. I could clearly see Alistair and he could clearly see me. He had no problems noticing things I was doing wrong. Files can be shared easily and quickly (which means less paper mess!). It can be done from the comfort of your own home - no more getting stuck in traffic for me! Still the same fun and banter! If you haven't already taken this up, I encourage you to do so.'
Steven Walkinshaw, IT Consultant