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  • Can I really learn to play an instrument with online lessons?
    Online lessons may not work for everyone, similarly in-person lessons may not work for everyone. But, with online lessons you will feel more comfortable because you have control over your environment; you do not need to allow travel time for getting to lessons therefore you will have more control over your schedule. You can study with music professionals anywhere and not just those in your area. Online lessons are perfect for students living outside a city and, who otherwise may not have easy access to highly trained teachers.
  • What computer equipment will I need ?
    You will need a device such as a PC, iMac, laptop, tablet or iPad that has both a camera and microphone. Prior to lessons, you can decide on which AV communication software to use (eg. Zoom). Ideally you will need a device with a large screen. However, some students just use a smartphone. You will also need a stable internet connection. If learning a musical instrument, your devices camera should be positioned so that the teacher can view all technical aspects of your playing. Eg. Ensure that your hands are always visible. ​You may hear lessons better if you wear earphones and you may need to experiment with this (including one earphone on, one off etc). You may also need to think about room lighting. Background noise can be a major problem for music lessons. Try to find a quiet place. Prior to each lesson, make sure that any needed books, printed music etc. are close by.
  • What is the best age to start learning to play a music instrument ?
    For guitar and violin, 7-9 year old is usually a good age to start. For piano, keyboard and singing, 4-6 is usually fine.
  • What guitar type is suitable for a beginner ?
    As a general guideline for children, any 3/4 size nylon classical type works best. Smaller children might require half size instrument but metal strings instruments should be avoided. If in doubt, call us and we will be happy to help. For adult players, both nylon and metal string instruments are suitable depending on your style of music: metal strings for pop/rock, nylon for classical and pop. Nylon strings are easier to play for beginners but metal strings produces a fuller sound.Full size is usually suitable for most adults.
  • Do I need access to a string piano to start learning to play one ?
    No. The best alternative to a string piano is a digital piano. If possible, try to get one with weighted keys which replicate a string piano touch. Getting something second hand is fine. Check Ebay to see if there are any selling in your area to save on delivery costs. If on a limited budget, home keyboards can be another alternative. Overall, home keyboards are best suited for keyboard lessons but can also work for piano lessons in the short term. Try to choose one with a sustain pedal option.
  • How long does it take to learn to play a musical instrument properly ?
    It depends on what "properly" means to you. If it means being able to be a professional musician then a lot of extra practice and patience will be required. If it means being able to play something to your family or friends that they recognise, then with regular practice, you should be able to achieve this within 2 or 3 lessons. From the very first lesson, we aim to get you playing easy melodies to make learning enjoyable and fun.
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