Frequently Asked Questions I thought I would share my responses to a few commonly asked questions. Of course, you are encouraged to ask your own, as I would take pleasure in responding to you.

Q: How do I set up for online piano lessons via Zoom?
A: You’ll want to download the Zoom software (free) to your device. You only need one device, like a laptop, positioned at the side of your piano so that 1) I can see your fingers on the keys 2) you can see my piano keyboard. For an enhanced experience, consider using a second device (phone or tablet) on your piano music stand to view me without turning your head. Here is a quick & easy setup guide.

Q: Is it really necessary for you to see my piano keyboard? Can we simply have face-to-face discussion?
A: Yes, if this is your preference. Actually, if you have even a little command of the piano keyboard and are not in need of my observing your hands/fingers on the keys for technical assistance, this can work quite well. You will be able to see my keyboard as I demonstrate, so for certain individuals, this will be enough.

Q: I just have a smartphone. Is that enough?
A: Actually, it can be if your situation fits the description in the previous scenario.

Q: I have a smartphone and a laptop. Will that work?
A: Yes, it can work quite well. For example, you can use your laptop for our face-to-face interaction and, with the assistance of a phone stand, you can position your phone at an angle that can work just fine for making your piano keyboard viewable. This is a popular approach.

Q: How will I be able to use two devices for these sessions?
A: As long as both devices have online access, you can simply join our meeting by clicking the link sent to your email prior to our session.

Q: What topics can you help with during the lessons?
A: I cover a range of topics including reading music, technique, chords, interpreting lead sheets, improvisation, jazz & pop piano strategies, chord voicings, intros, endings, and more.

Q: I’m an adult who just likes to play standard songs. I always wanted to learn more about making my playing sound better. Are these lessons for me?
A: Perhaps you will be happy to know that a very significant percentage of people I help are in similar shoes! You can place confidence in the fact that I have a great deal of enthusiasm when it comes to bringing out the potential of people just like you.

Q: How do you approach lessons for beginners?
A: I like to make it fun from the start. One approach I enjoy involves getting beginners to have fun playing some chords soon. After all, having fun with harmony is satisfying and encourages more time at the piano.

Q: Can I schedule regular weekly lessons?
A: Absolutely! Regular weekly lessons can be easily accommodated. If you prefer flexibility, you can control your schedule to align with your own personal learning preferences.

Q: How can I address technical issues with Zoom setup?
A: If you’re having trouble setting up Zoom, don’t worry. I can guide you through the process to ensure a smooth connection for our lessons. Also, upon your signing up, I offer a complimentary session so that you and I can have the opportunity to “set the stage” to ensure a quality experience.

Q: What’s one suggestion for making these lessons successful?
A: A relaxed and humorous approach helps create a goal-oriented, enjoyable learning experience. It’s about making progress while having fun.

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