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Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2801175
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If you decide you wish to go the online course route ….

AND you are interested in pursuing jazz/improvisation type of playing ….

Here is a site that I think might work for you ….

https://pianowithjonny.com/


I am currently a member and believe it offers quality instruction.

It has material for complete beginner through advanced.

You get a 14 day free trial just to check it out.


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Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2801182
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Thanks!

I'm half wondering whether this jazz/classical question deserves its own thread or not, not sure… Certainly, if I'd be better off learning jazz straight away, I'd rather do it.

But there's an interesting point, dmd: there is a difference between an online course, and webcam lessons. So far, people on here have praised in-person lessons and Skype-type lessons, but this looks different altogether, like a series of video courses.

Is an online course as effective as having an actual teacher on one-to-one, I wonder?

Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2801200
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Originally Posted by RosemaryGirl

Is an online course as effective as having an actual teacher on one-to-one


Generally speaking …. No.

Of course, everything depends upon the quality of any of those choices.

Bad teacher ? Not effective.

Good teacher …. Effective.

Good Online course …. Effective.

Bad Online course …. Not effective.

You can wonder and consider all those factors, but bottom line you just have to do something and find out how it goes.

I have had live one-on-one teachers, online courses, online teachers, you name it …… nothing has proven to be perfect forever.

So ,.... Good Luck to you


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Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: dmd] #2801327
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You're absolutely right, there, Don!

At this point, I'm spending more time researching options than actually practising the piano, so I will now go with the flow: thanks to the lovely people on here, I have a Skype meeting set up for next week, and if that fails, plenty of other options that I've been given through PMs, etc.

Off to practise my "interview" piece now laugh

Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2801408
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Just a comment: I spent a lot more than a week or two sorting things out before I started with a teacher after my first set of experiences. Had I done so first time round, there are years of going round in circles that I'll never get back that could have been spared. It's a minefield out there, and taking as long as one needs, and a touch of gut feeling is a pretty good idea.

Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2801418
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Originally Posted by RosemaryGirl
You're absolutely right, there, Don!

At this point, I'm spending more time researching options than actually practising the piano, so I will now go with the flow: thanks to the lovely people on here, I have a Skype meeting set up for next week, and if that fails, plenty of other options that I've been given through PMs, etc.

Off to practise my "interview" piece now laugh


Sounds good.


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Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2804672
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I've come to give closure. laugh

I have found my piano teacher, hurray!!! I am now also a convert to webcam lessons. I've had a great experience so far, and in any case, so much better than the lessons I used to have, it's really night and day. I'm now hearing about phrasing, nuances, legato, and how to play the melody louder than the harmony… Crazy, isn't it? crazy I can't believe I nearly carried on with tuition that was about to put me off the piano.

Thank you for your support and advice, and for pointing me in the right direction via PM.

I'm so happy and super excited to start learning properly, including scales and technique exercises! Carnegie Hall, here I come! cool In this life, or more likely the next. grin

Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2804675
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Thank you for the update! It sounds as though you've made a big change for the better. thumb


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Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2804731
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Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2804750
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I love a happy ending! Or in this case, a new beginning smile Thanks for the update, and good luck with your new teacher.


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Re: To quit or not to quit lessons [Re: RosemaryGirl] #2804759
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Brilliant! Long may it continue.

And I'm happy to be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem, for once in my life laugh laugh wink


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