How To Learn A Musical Instrument Online
Here we will explain how to learn a musical instrument online and include detailed specifics on what equipment is needed!
WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?
Generally, all you need to get started is your instrument, a device such as a laptop, desktop computer, smart phone or tablet and a stable internet connection!
It is also advisable to have a speaker or an amplifier in your home to play along with any backing tracks or songs. RockAcad teachers can send song links or MP3 files to you live in the lesson via the chat features of Skype and Zoom.
CAN YOU TAKE GUITAR LESSONS ONLINE?
All you need to get started is an acoustic or electric guitar (if you plan to use an electric guitar you will also need an amplifier, a jack lead, a plectrum, and a guitar strap).
Once your guitar is ready, you just need either a laptop, smartphone or tablet with a stable internet connection then you’re good to go!
CAN YOU TAKE PIANO LESSONS ONLINE?
All you need to get started is:
•An electric piano or keyboard.
•Device (laptop, tablet, smart phone etc).
•Stable internet connection.
If you have an acoustic piano you just need a device and you’re ready to go!
To get better sound quality with an electric piano or keyboard you can purchase an audio interface which plugs straight into your desktop computer or laptop. Plus audio interfaces allow you to record music and songs into Digital Audio Workstations like GarageBand and Logic.
Most music stores sell ‘Piano Starter Packs’ which include things like:
-An Electric Piano or Keyboard.
CAN YOU TAKE BASS GUITAR LESSONS ONLINE?
All you need to get started is a bass guitar, an amplifier, a jack lead and a strap.
You may also need a plectrum, and it’s important to have some sort of electronic tuner (there are many bass tuner apps available to download and use for free online).
Once your bass guitar is ready, you just need either a laptop, smartphone or tablet with a stable internet connection then you’re ready for your first online bass lesson!
CAN YOU TAKE DRUM LESSONS ONLINE?
All you need to get started is either a laptop, smartphone or tablet with a stable internet connection and a pair of drumsticks then you’re ready for your first lesson!
There are a few different ways to learn drums online:
-Practice pad or pillow:
Either of these options are a really simple and quiet way to learn rudiments, stick control and technique before applying to a full drum kit.
It’s also a great way to see if drumming is right for you or your child before spending money, so it’s an ideal way to start the beginner journey!
-Electronic Drum Kit:
If you already have an electronic drum kit then all you need to add is some form of speaker or amplifier to hear the sounds through. You can also use an audio interface which will give you much better sound quality.
-Acoustic Drum Kit:
If you’re using an acoustic drum kit then you’re good to go!
If you require help with drum sticks then we would personally recommend ‘5A’ size as a good starting point.
WHERE CAN I BUY MUSICAL EQUIPMENT?
Most music stores sell ‘Starter Packs’ for each instrument. Here’s a few we recommend:
Gear 4 Music
ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS
You might be surprised to learn that online music lessons work in very much the same way as in-person lessons do – But with a few advantages!
The main difference is that you don’t need to leave your home!
Plus you can be sent relevant learning files or links live via the chat function and record parts or all of your lesson, save them to your desktop then play back in your own time… Perfect for practicing along with in-between tuition.
Zoom and Skype screen share is another great feature used in the lessons to help with smaller details. For example, this is useful when using a keyboard mouse to indicate certain notes for music theory guidance which both the student and teacher can see at the same time.
Here at RockAcad we offer live tuition via Skype or Zoom and not pre-recorded videos.You can use any device to learn, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Once in the lesson you can talk to your teacher, ask him/her anything you need to and get instant feedback on your playing.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
If you require any more help on how to learn a musical instrument online or would like to book a FREE trial lesson with us, head to any page of our website and click on the ‘FREE DEMO LESSON’ sections. Alternatively you can drop our team an email on: [email protected] 🎼
See you online soon!