Don Julin is accepting a limited number of mandolin students via Skype/Facetime/Google Hangouts. Whether you are into bluegrass, old-time, swing, jazz, or even classic rock, Don would like to help you take your mandolin playing to the next level. He offers one free 30-minute introductory session to get to know each other a bit. This initial session will allow a chance to get to know each other, ensure the technology works, and some time to come up with a lesson plan that fits your goals.
You don't need the fastest internet connection in the world, but if you are on dial-up or a 3g phone network, you may experience trouble with slow or choppy playback. In general, if you can watch Youtube videos without having to wait for them to load, your connection should be fast enough. iPads and smartphones are a great way to take a Skype/Facetime lesson, as these devices include high-quality cameras and microphones.
A big part of this online mandolin teaching process involves playing along with videos and practice tracks. The practice tracks are full-band tracks and feature bass, percussion, keyboard, and a variety of instruments. Most media speakers are good enough to handle this, but your laptop or phone speakers will not. If your speaker does not reproduce a full spectrum of sound, you will not hear the rhythm section well enough to keep in time with it. If you have had trouble with practice tracks in the past, hearing the track clearly may have been part of the problem. The practice tracks used have been created in an app called iRealPro. IrealPro is an app that allows you to quickly and easily create play-along tracks in a variety of styles. Get It!
Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from10 am EST to 9 pm EST. Weekends may be available on request. All Skype/Facetime lessons are invoiced at the time of scheduling and must be paid in full via PayPal in advance of the sessions. Mandolins Heal The World members receive a discount on private lessons.
Non-Member Price $60 per hr.
Members Price $50 per hr.
Email Don to set up Skype/Facetime mandolin lessons.