On this page I would like to discuss how you can maximise your online learning experience.  Topics covered include lighting, cameras, microphones and zoom settings.

What type of lighting should I use?

Natural Light is usually best.  If you are having a lesson during the day try opening the curtains and turn off the lights. 

To create a good lighting environment at night I suggest you consider the colour temperature of natural light.  The colour temperature of natural light varies, but is often between 5000k to 7000k.

I use the Newer 176 LED 56000k Bright Dimmable on Camera Video Light.

Where should I position my Light?

I found the best position was behind the piano, slightly to one side as shown in the pictures below

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Why do I need good lighting?

The reason for good lighting is to achieve crystal clear shadow lines between each key on the piano.  

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Avoid directing bright light towards the keys as this can distort the shadow lines between keys as shown in the image below.

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What type of microphone is best for recording a piano?

Most computers have a reasonable quality built in microphone, so it's not essential you splash out on something fancy. However if you decide to buy an external microphone I recommend a condenser microphone.  I use the Blue Yeti Pro.

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Do I need a webcam?

It is optional.  You can use the built in camera on your laptop to give a side view of the keys or a webcam for an overhead view.

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Side View

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Overhead View

The overhead view gives a very good view of the keys, but requires a lot of equipment. 

Here is a list of equipment for an overhead view:

Webcam:  Logitech C930c

Microphone stand: Gravity Microphone Stand

Gooseneck: Gravity MA Gooseneck

Thread Adapter

To the left is an image showing the position of the webcam.

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What platform do you use for online lessons?

I use Zoom.  It is free and user friendly.  You can download it from your App Store.

Can I test my internet speed for video calling?

Yes, you can test your internet speed for video calling yourself by going to this site:

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