Since current technology doesn't allow me to simultaneously accompany a singer, a second device is needed to play back piano tracks while singing. One device is used for the connection (desktop, laptop, iPad, etc.), and another to play back accompaniment tracks (iPhone, iPod, etc.) I might need to send over a track or two during the lesson, so hopefully whatever device is used for playback can receive texts and/or emails.
Here are a few tips for successful online lessons:
First of all, use the best Internet Wi-Fi connection you can, and get as close to the router as possible. If you can plug your laptop directly into the router, all the better.
Disconnect other programs or apps that might interfere with our Wi-Fi connection. Some teachers advise using headphones and an external microphone, but I’ve had very good results using just the built-in speakers and microphones on our devices. While Zoom Video Conferencing is best for groups, either FaceTime or Skype are fine when it’s just two people.
Zoom Audio Settings
Besides making sure you have the latest version of the Zoom software installed, there are some audio settings that should be changed for voice lessons. By default, Zoom is configured for talking, not singing.
Open “Audio Settings” in Zoom:
UNCHECK the box next to “Automatically adjust microphone volume” (right below input volume). The input volume slider can be set to about halfway.
√ Check the box next to “Join audio by computer when joining a meeting”
Click “Advanced” Button (bottom corner of audio settings):
√ Check the box next to “show in-meeting option...”
Change “Suppress Persistent Background Noise” from Auto to Disable.
Change “Suppress Intermittent Background Noise” from Auto to Disable.
Be sure “Echo Cancellation” is set to Auto
During our meeting, look in the upper corner:
If you see “Turn ON Original Sound,” click it.
If you see “Turn OFF Original Sound,” leave it.
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