Step-by-Step Instructions for
Online Lessons with Frank:
There are three main steps to complete to set up
Online Lessons with Frank.
you must be sure you have the correct equipment and software
to make the connection work correctly.
This includes a broadband internet connection, a webcam, and
payment must be completed, which may include the verification process at
Once you are a verified PayPal user, payments take place within a few days.
Credit cards can also be used.
we set up a time and go over details of how to connect for our first lesson.
Once we are organized, it is a simple matter of making a Skype call at the
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Step One - Equipment & Software Check
Hardware/Software Requirements -
make sure you have these and know how they work:
- Broadband/Highspeed Internet Connection
VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol)
is only possible with a fast connection.
- Computer and Operating System compatible with free Skype software from
This includes all contemporary PC, Apple and MAC platforms.
- Video Web Cam for visual connection
This is the least critical part of the connection;
if your web cam is slow it will still do what is needed for lessons.
I also can do lessons with FaceTime if you are using Apple iOS hardward such as an iPad or iPhone.
Please make sure you are well-lit from the front and not back-lit.
- Input/Recording Mic for two-way (Full-Duplex) audio connection
A Logitech USB mic is one recommendation for this task.
It seems to deliver clear and consistent audio,
and avoids the problem of including the motor sounds of the computer
that built-in mics can have.
A USB or Firewire Sound-Card/Interface
Recommended for output to good audio speakers.
This will provide clarity and volume control for the lesson or consultation.
Bluetooth devices can also enhance the audio output of compatible devices.
Lessons are $30 per half-hour and $50 per hour.
Payments are accepted through
Members can pay directly, and
non-members can process payment using a credit card.
It is asked that bulk payments be limited to a maximum of $200 (four one-hour lessons.)
Time for payment to clear will be required (generally a few days for a U.S. payment.)
You will be contacted once the payment is cleared via the emial address used to
or make the payment, or another specified in advance.
In order to maintain a steady lesson schedule, regular advance payments will be required, allowing time for processing.
Payments by PayPal require verification time.
This typically takes less time than waiting for a check to clear.
Once payment has been cleared, a time will be scheduled for the first lesson.
All times are subject to the whims of a working musician's and family man's schedule,
who lives in the
I will email you my "skype name" so you can initiate the skype call.
Be sure to
test your connection prior to each session.
Also learn to change the
input/output settings in the skype software
to match your hardware (your
An email account should be open throughout the lesson, preferably one that can recieve .mp3 files, .pdf files and .zip files as needed.
Please note that while playing together might be possible when internet server traffic is very low, typically the lag time of signal transmission precludes direct jamming.
In addition to existing materials, the lesson might include having an mp3 emailed to you to play along with.
Lessons will begin to wind down a few minutes before the end of the allotted time.
For this reason, I ask that we maintain focus from the beginning of the lesson.
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