How Best To Experience The Lessons

How Best To Experience The Lessons

In almost all cases, what you need to have set up to experience the lessons well is very simple, not time consuming and doesn’t require much if any purchases/rentals beyond your drums. Some of these requirements don’t have to be in place right away from us to get started with lessons.

To get a good experience during the lessons you’ll need a few things and I also recommend a few other basic things.

  1. You’ll need an internet connection and Skype or Zoom (you may need an account for these or may be able to use them without an account by simply using the software- I am not sure). If I am not mistaken, there is a free account version available with both Skype and Zoom (for use for our purposes).
  1. I recommend viewing the lessons on a medium to large laptop or tablet screen. If you have the ability to hook your device up to a larger monitor or even smart TV then that is even better (but not necessary).
  1. I recommend plugging decent speakers into your device since the speakers on laptops and tablets typically won’t reproduce the sound well enough to get a really good experience (especially in the low end). The difference in sound quality will usually be quite noticeable if you plug in decent speakers.
  1. I don’t recommend using a smart phone to experience the lessons as the screen is too small (and the sound again will not likely be anywhere near as good as it can be).
  1. I don’t recommend using any software to change the sound I am sending you (i.e. gates, compressors etc..) but simply set the volume level at a safe and comfortable level.
  1. If you would like to use headphones or ear phones, get in touch with me first as you may need to get something specific depending on your specific set up in order to make sure we can both hear your drums (and voice). Hearing protection requirements and other variables can affect this as well (if you are using an electronic kit vs acoustic kit etc..). I can make some recommendations to best suit your set up.
  1. If you are using an electronic kit and are using headphones, we just need to make sure you have a speaker to play through or direct output from your drums to your device (to send sound to me) so I can also hear the drums. We also need to make sure we can get sound coming out of the headphones/earphones and speaker/direct output (for some systems, plugging in the headphones/earphones might cut the feed to the speaker/direct/output).
  1. If you can position your device so I can clearly see you and the kit that would be best.