*I no longer accept private students outside of Skype!!!
HERE ARE A LIST OF THE NEW POLICIES REGARDING SKYPE LESSONS AS of 7.10.2013
1) I accept all Jazz students at any level: Beginner, Intermediate, and advanced!!!
Yes, I have finally reached the point where I feel it is in the best interest of my students and myself to focus my full attention on Jazz studies. I am completely willing to teach improvisational concepts to players that don’t necessarily identify themselves as “Jazz Musicians” as long as the student is committed to his or her studies.
2) I am only interested in teaching improvisational music.
I know a lot of guitar teachers create advertisements which state that they teach “All Styles!” Nonsense! Each of us specializes in a few areas of music. We might have a broad range of experiences but most of us gravitate toward a few specific genres. I mean, I ‘m not going to pretend to teach folk guitar when I don’t know how to play a single James Taylor or Martin Sexton tune with any authority. Just consider me a Blues/Rock/Jazz guy with a experiences in other genres.
3) I would prefer that all potential students provide me with a recorded example of their playing.
Truthfully, most of my current students have already done this. I don’t care about recording quality or mistakes, I just want to hear you get around the fret board. If you are only looking for one or two lessons here or there, a recording is not required.
What is required?
Internet broad or Cable.
A webcam and a microphone (built in is fine.)
The Skype application, which is free to download HERE.
A Paypal account, Which is also free to setup HERE.
How the lessons work?
Step 1) Generally, I like to get familiar with a potential student via e-mail BEFORE our first lesson. It’s always nice when a student drops me a little message outlining what they think their strengths and problem areas are in terms of their playing. I also like to hear about the students goals and influences as well. I find that exchanging an e-mail saves us time in the lesson and allows me to prepare a custom program for each individual.
Step 2) Once the student and I have made contact, the next step is set up an agreed upon time to do the lesson. Most of the students I have taught thus far are, in fact, from other countries. This is not a problem for me because I keep odd hours. If you want to check out the time differential between myself and you go to:
My location is on the East Coast of the United States, so you can put in Boston, Ma USA.
Step 3) Once we have established a lesson time, I respectfully ask that payment be made to my Paypal account. My Paypal account is the same as my personal e-mail: email@example.com.
For those inexperienced with Paypal, I can assure you that it is the easiest and most repudable money transfer system on the entire internet. Plus, it is free to set up an account.
Step 4) Lesson time. In the lesson, I document all of the material we cover and make sure that you are sent all the necessary handouts in PDF format in a timely fashion. I will notate in both standard and tablature to allow for easy reading. Additionally, I will provide the student with any backing tracks and materials that might aid in his or her study. These provided materials will be free of charge.
Step 5) After the lesson is complete, you can get further support (free of charge) through e-mail before your next lesson. Feel free to send me recorded examples if you would like me to critique your progress in respect to the material you are working on. I also don’t mind answering any questions a student might have regarding anything we might have covered.
Who are Lessons Available to?
My lessons are available to anyone that plays any instrument at an intermediate to advanced level. I have taught many people that play various instruments many times over.
One Final Note on Skype Lesson Prices.
In discussing my plans with a few of my associates, I have been advised to raise my rates because I might risk “under-selling” myself. In this tough economic time I realize that music lessons can be considered a luxury-not a necessity. I ask everyone to understand that this and this only, is the reason that my lessons may be a less expensive than say, “Joe-Rock-Out-Dude” or “Marginally Known NYC Jazz Guitarist’s” Skype lessons. This is also the reason that I will be making every reasonable attempt to accommodate committed students who may be experiencing financial challenges. I would appreciate everyone’s honesty regarding requests for special consideration.
For current rates and availability, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to working with you all!-Tone
I invite you all to read a brief summary of my philosophy of education Here.