As a guitar student
Whatever your level of guitar playing experience, from complete beginner to experienced pro musician, Nick can help you progress to the next step as efficiently and easily as possible.
As A BEGINNER you might use Skype lessons with Nick to:
- get advice on what guitar to buy and where to buy it
- get started on Acoustic or Electric guitar.
- get advice on how to get the most from your amplifier or other equipment
- learn the best way to hold down and change chord shapes
- work through your first song
- build a repertoire of songs ideal for beginners
- work on your favourite song that you want to learn in spite of it being too difficult for your level!
- overcome specific physical difficulties like playing certain awkward chord shapes
- adapt your learning according to specific learning problems like dyslexia
- learn how to finger pick
- start learning how to improvise
- learn blues, rock, folk, country or jazz guitar styles
As an INTERMEDIATE PLAYER you might use Skype lessons with Nick to:
- get advice on what guitar to upgrade to and how to go about buying it
- get advice on converting from acoustic to electric (or vice versa)
- learn the basics of Guitar Music Theory to help speed up your progress
- learn to improvise
- learn lead guitar
- prepare to play in a band as lead or rhythm guitarist
- learn fret board orientation so you can find all your notes, chords, scales etc easily
- learn specific solos note for note
- learn specific rhythm techniques like funk, reggae, ska, jazz fingerstyle etc…
- develop your jazz guitar skills
As an ADVANCED PLAYER you might use Skype lessons with Nick to:
- complete your knowledge of the basics of Guitar Music Theory
- master fret board orientation (play any key, scale, chord, arpeggio or mode in any position, in any key, in any direction without hesitation)
- learn more about fulfilling specific roles in a band
- learn the basics of music production
- learn the basics of songwriting or composition
- learn to transcribe music
- develop your improvising skills
As a PRO musician you might use Skype lessons with Nick to:
- help prepare for an audition
- help prepare for a specific performance
- help with an acting role involving guitar playing
- help with switching roles in a band (from rhythm to lead guitarist for example)
- appraisal of original songwriting or solo creation
- appraisal of music production projects
Nick has been playing guitar for 50 years, teaching guitar and musical performance skills for more than 40 years and training guitar teachers and tutors of other instruments for more than 25 years.
Before booking your first lesson, please check to to ensure your system is set up for Skype guitar lessons. Your Internet connection will need to meet certain minimum speed required to prevent frustrating technical problems.
- You must be able to connect your computer to your internet router via a wire or cable. This means ethernet, co-ax, powerline etc…This Article might help explain some of the alternatives. (Wi-fi systems are unlikely to provide the reliability needed.)
- Complete an Internet Speed Test at www.speedtest.net
- Check your result against these speeds:
- Minimum speed: 0.6 mbps download/upload speed
- Recommended speed: 1 mbps
- Recommended speed for HD video: 1.5 mbps
- You need a webcam with a microphone – if you don’t have one built in to your laptop/PC, you can buy one separately.
Before each lesson
Before each lesson, please make sure you have completed the following steps so that we can concentrate the lesson on your guitar playing rather than on the technicalities of the system:
- Download Skype at www.skype.com and sign up for a free account.
- Email Nick your user name so he can add you to his contacts
- Adjust the webcam position so it can see your face as well as the guitar
- Make sure the webcam is in position and the microphone is working (use the test call feature in Skype)
- Close any other background programs
- Ensure that nobody else in the house is making intensive use of the Internet (to free up bandwidth)
- Tune your guitar (if possible) and warm up your hands to be ready at least 5 minutes before the lesson time.
If your system and broadband speed meet the requirements mentioned above, we shouldn’t have any problems. However, if needed, you can contact the support section on Skype’s website:
Connection issues: https://support.skype.com/en/category/CONNECTION_ISSUES/
Sound issues: https://support.skype.com/en/category/CALL_QUALITY/
Video issues: https://support.skype.com/en/category/VIDEO/
Installing and upgrading Skype: https://support.skype.com/en/category/TS_INSTALL_UPGRADE/
or Contact Nick