For your online guitar lessons you’ll need a suitable device such as a computer, tablet, iPad or mobile phone. Depending on what equipment you have available to you, you may also require a microphone, webcam and speaker, however those built in to most modern devices are perfectly usable for video calling and can also work well for online music lessons.
Some students just use their mobile phone for their online guitar lessons and although this does work, it is not ideal. The smallish screen size means that you may not always have the clearest view of what I am showing you - particularly when we come to look at sheet music, chord charts and other digital/print materials, so something a little larger is preferable, but not essential.
To get the most from your lesson we both want to have the best views we possibly can; this means that the larger the screen you can use the better. Most students find that a tablet, iPad or laptop offers a great balance between screen size (being able to see me clearly) and portability/placement (positioning your camera so that I can see you clearly).
If you have the room for a PC or Mac with a full sized monitor, external webcam and separate microphone/speakers this will always give the best results because your screen, microphone, camera and speakers can all be positioned independently. Then you can position your screen in the best place so that you can clearly see me, whilst your camera, speakers and microphone can be placed so that I also get great picture/sound quality from you.
Sometimes we will use backing tracks in the lesson; for these to work well it is important that you can play the backing track at your end during our video call. Although some devices will happily let you playback a track during a video call, sometimes this does not work so well. For this reason I suggest that students have a separate speaker (e.g. bluetooth) available so that when we play backing tracks in the lesson it does not interfere with our video call.