You’ll need a few things to be sure you’re ready for your first lesson. The most important things are your instrument and music, and for in-studio lessons, this really is all you’ll need for a while. Tuners are optional, but very helpful and I’ll teach you to use them.
With online classes, you’ll need to be a little more self-sufficient because I can’t do the tuning for you. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Set up a login for the website – there are downloadable files for your music and play along files. You’ll need these to practice with. In my studio, we use a lot of duets, and while we can’t do that live here, I can give you a recording to download to play along with.
- Either a tuning device or an app on your phone. Sure, a well-trained and experienced musician can tune by ear, but you need help when you’re getting started.
- Learn how to tune your violin or viola.
Be ready to set up a test-session to make sure that your system and internet will be able to handle the bandwidth that online classes require. We’ll set up a time before your first official lesson to test all of this, and help you learn to tune your instrument.
Skype – you’ll need this for our classes.