How does Piano Accompaniment Work with Webcam / Skype Lessons?

Hi! I had a question about voice lessons over webcam. How does piano accompaniment work itself out in a video exchange? Would the voice teacher play the piano on the other side and the student sings along with what they’re seeing on the screen?

The reason why I ask is that my voice teacher is moving to another state. He has taught me for 10 years now and I would like to avoid finding a new teacher at all costs. I am thinking of proposing the webcam idea to him but I don’t know how plausible it would be. Thanks!

Hey Paloma,

I’ve done skype lessons before in the past and plan on continuing them once I complete a certification I’m working on. That being said, there are some restrictions with webcam lessons, the biggest of which is there is about a second or so delay between the two of you.

This means that whatever he’s playing, you’re going to get a half a second later, and when you start singing, it’ll return back to him a half a second later after that.

So, him playing the piano either to accompany you or to guide your through warm ups isn’t really a possibility.

So basically, you’ll have to already know the scales that your teacher will likely use to warm you up, and any accompanying music you use will have to be playing on your end (likely by using an instrumental track).

This isn’t the most preferable scenario to work under, but for many, it’s the only way that they can work with a professional level vocal coach, as you’re not as likely to find one of those outside of major music cities (there certainly are some out there, but you know what I mean).

So yeah, as long as you’re willing to deal with these smaller set backs, then I’d propose it to your present teacher.

Best of luck to ya!
~ Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

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