Skype Webcam Lessons
The future has arrived! With the power of the internet, a webcam, and free easy-to-use video chat software, we now have the ability to have face-to-face piping lessons from the convenience of your home. This new technology has made it possible for anyone to receive top-notch piping instruction, no matter where you live. The best part is that you might already have everything you need to get started.
You will need:
- a computer with internet connection
- free Skype video chat software
- a webcam
I have been teaching webcam lessons since 2003, just as video chat first started to become widely available. I realized that there were many people who wouldn't have the ability to have piping lessons through traditional means, due to work and family schedule or geographic location. I have found the webcam lessons to be incredibly effective. The lessons work just like traditional lessons: we schedule a time, but instead of meeting at my teaching studio we meet online through a video chat. It's totally amazing! After a few minutes, you will feel like we are sitting across the table from each other.
Let's get started...
1. Your Computer and Internet Connection
Any broadband internet connection will work great: cable, DSL, satellite, Clearwire, etc. All of these have enough speed to deliver and receive high-quality audio and video for your lesson. The only internet connection that won't work is old-fashioned dial-up. If you have dial-up, you can start with the Video & Tune Lesson Downloads or Lessons by Tape -- until you upgrade your internet connection!
2. Download and Install Skype (it's Free!)
Skype is a free program that allows voice and video chat. It works like a telephone, but it includes voice and video. Instead of dialing a phone number, you call a person through their username. |
You can download the chat software and get it installed even if you don't have a webcam yet. Once you get set up, send me an instant message, my username for Skype or iChat is bagpipelessons.
iChat is a program for Apple Mac included free with all new Macs. Like Skype, iChat allows users to chat with voice and video. Again, like Skype, with iChat you call someone by username rather than dialing a phone number. |
3. Get a Webcam
The Skype website says: "Most PC-compatible webcams should work with Skype, however some older models may not work." |
Check out Skype's list of recommended webcams.
For Mac users, your newer may Mac now come with iSight built-in.
Click here to call me on Skype now!
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