FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I need to get started?
- a computer
- internet connection
- Zoom (www.zoom.us)
- any kind of (MIDI) keyboard / organ / piano
Do I need a Hammond?
No you don’t need a Hammond. You can use any MIDI keyboard, a clonewheel organ, a synth or even a (MIDI) piano for my Hammond lessons. Of course an organ is recommended.
How can I pay?
At the moment I accept Paypal and IDEAL. More payment methods may be available later.
Do I have to be able to read sheet music ?
No, although being able to read helps and is recommended in the long run, it’s not a requirement.
What software do I need?
At the moment all you basicly need is Zoom (which is free). Of course there are apps and software for both Windows and Mac that make things easier on both sides, but in order to take lessons Zoom is a minimum requirement. Skype is an optional alternative, but as I am writing this there are some technical issues with Skype in combination with the software I am using.
Does it matter what operating system I use? Windows or Mac?
What software do YOU use for your "virtual camera"? (experienced users)
Don’t read this if you have no experience with or don’t have or want a multicamera setup. It’s not required to do my lessons.
In Zoom you see me use multiple cameras. I do this by using a so-called virtual camera that handles my stream to Zoom.
I now use the pro version of Manycam to handle my multiple camera setup (available for windows and mac users). There is a free version available that handles 2 cameras. One main camera and 1 smaller PIP (picture in picture). It’s limited but it works.
If you’re a mac user and feel like trying things out you can try the app Camtwist, which is free and basicly does the same thing Manycam does, but it’s a little more complicated to setup. If that doesn’t scare you, go ahead and give it a try.
remember that Zoom is all you need to get started. We can discuss possiblities when you’re interested in using more advanced software while getting started with Skype.
How do YOU setup your audio interface ? (experienced users)
Don’t read this if you have no experience with audio routing and interfaces and remember it is NOT required to do the lessons!
If you want more than just a built-in microphone setup for our audio connection in a lesson it is possible to use an audio interface to transmit the audio of your instrument in combination with a microphone (or multiple microphones) connected to your audio interface.
Because most conferencing software only handles microphones on Channel 1 (and sometimes 1 and 2) in most situations you cannot use all channels needed (for instance 2 channels for your stereo instrument and one for your microphone). In this case you need to route all the channels you use to channel 1 and 2.
I use a program called Loopback (not free) to do this (link below). Loopback is MAC only and the windows alternative is a free program called VB-Cable (link below). There are free Mac solutions (like Blackhole for example) as well, but I found that Loopback was so easy to work with that I felt buying it was worthwhile. What these programs have in common is that they create a virtual audio interface, which you then can select as your microphone in Zoom.
What other optional software do you use? (experienced users)
Below is a little list of optional software I use. Don’t buy anything without discussing the options and without knowing what would work best for your situation.
1. Midiculous: I use Midiculous as a keyboard for my screen that shows which notes I play. There is a FREE version of Midiculous.
2. Internet MIDI: When both teacher and student have this handy tool, it’s easy to connect a plugin like VB3 or Hammond B3x via Internet MIDI. This works well on poor connections and sound is coming directly from your own virutal organ, even when I play, and vice versa. This software is totally optional. I bought it, but I’ve learned that 99% of the times an audio connection through Zoom works just fine, so I haven’t found a real use for Internet MIDI so far, even though having the option is nice. LINK
3. VB3 : a virtual organ plugin LINK
4. Hammond B3x: a virtual organ plugin LINK
We can discuss all options and what would be best for you via Skype.
Will the lessons be recorded?
At the moment the lessons will not be recorded. Recording lessons is possible, but not standard. Of course this is negotiable. On request I sometimes do record fragments of the lesson.