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Mulamoodan

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I understand a lot of teachers offer lessons via skype. When we look for a teacher, we usually only look who is in our area, and miss the oppertunity of studying with somebody who is better than those geographically closer to us. I think location is suddenly not of importance in this internet age, and if we could make a database of teachers offering lessons via skype, that would be very useful.

If you could update this thread (or other more convenient means) with the names of teachers who you know, offer lessons via skype, it would be of use to others as well.

I know Arnab Chakraborty (arnabsarod in this forum) offers distance lessons for sarod.
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rex@sitar.co.za

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I studied with Irshad Khan via Skype for a few years and it worked great:

http://www.irshadkhan.net/
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anju831

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Excellent idea! With my current situation online lessons may be my only option.

What I recently found out:

Imrat Khan http://www.imratkhan.com

Sugato Nag http://www.sugatonag.com

For Imrat Khan, the website quoted an hourly rate of $70.
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Sreenivas

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You might want to check out Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay (http://www.geocities.com/sitar_sanjoy/) at IML (http://www.indianmusiclessons.com/).

IMHO, distance-learning (Skype, Google-video, ichat, etc.) works quite well for the most part. I am not sure if it is suited to teach beginners -- the fundamentals like posture, thumb-position, the "clawed" mizrab , etc.) are hard to catch-and-correct with the video-resolution that these services provide. At the other end of the spectrum, for advanced students, the delay/lag can be quite limiting. Particularly, if the guru is playing his/her instrument at the other end with some speed. It is great for students with some prior exposure that are not too advanced...

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Mulamoodan

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For Imrat Khan, the website quoted an hourly rate of $70.
In comparison, heard that his son Shafaatullah charges $80-90 per hour for regular contact lessons!
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I heard that Kala Ramnath the violinist also offers online lessons via skype
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I agree with you Sreenivas that learning sitar via skype is best suited for intermediate players. Using a webcam with skype is usually not effective because of the lag and so the lessons are mainly aural. This requires the student to listen for and identify the subtleties of what the teacher is playing. A good teacher can break things down into simpler parts but the newbie could easily get frustrated with not being able to identify where to put his fingers simply by hearing the notes.

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You might want to check out Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay (http://www.geocities.com/sitar_sanjoy/) at IML (http://www.indianmusiclessons.com/).

IMHO, distance-learning (Skype, Google-video, ichat, etc.) works quite well for the most part. I am not sure if it is suited to teach beginners -- the fundamentals like posture, thumb-position, the "clawed" mizrab , etc.) are hard to catch-and-correct with the video-resolution that these services provide. At the other end of the spectrum, for advanced students, the delay/lag can be quite limiting. Particularly, if the guru is playing his/her instrument at the other end with some speed. It is great for students with some prior exposure that are not too advanced...

-Sreenivas
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Mulamoodan
Shame on you?!?!?!?
Shafaatullah charges for regular CONTACT lessons?!!?!?

Is this a reference to his recent 'problems'?????

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Mulamoodan

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Mulamoodan
Shame on you?!?!?!?
Shafaatullah charges for regular CONTACT lessons?!!?!?

Is this a reference to his recent 'problems'?????

Nick
ops: Oh no! I did not mean that..

When am I going to learn proper English? ::sigh::
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trippy monkey

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Sure we all had a laugh but don't worry about it!!!



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arnabsarod

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I'd like to add to this list.

Sitarist Abhik Mukherjee (http://www.abhikmukherjee.com) offers distance lessons via skype. Abhik charges $40 an hour and is a very patient and effective teacher who has great grounding in sitar technique as well as repertoire.

Vocalist Arijit Mahalanabis (Seattle), a versatile musician specializing in dhrupad, khayal and thumri, also offers lessons via skype. One can read more about Arijit at http://www.arijit.info.

Skype lessons work very well if the connections on both ends are fast. This isn't the case everywhere in India.

Cheers,

Arnab
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barend

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For Imrat Khan, the website quoted an hourly rate of $70.
In comparison, heard that his son Shafaatullah charges $80-90 per hour for regular contact lessons!
what happened to the Indian 'do it for free' mentality?

seriously, those prices are up the sky. Of course everyone has to earn a living but I would never pay that for an hour lessons. Better to have lessons from a good teacher/player that is not so famous.
Also I think they will never charge that for an Indian student (in India). These are prices for the western who is attracted to the big names.
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That is VERY EXPENSIVE.

2009.... recession.... anybody aware?
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neela sangeeta

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This is really not that expensive. I see you live in NYC. The going rate for lessons with many advanced teachers of any discipline is $100 per hour. How much do you think musicians make otherwise?

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goljawari

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I absolutely agree, 80-100 dollars per hour is what you pay for a great teacher. If you don't want a great teacher/performer to be teaching you, then of course there are many many 'other' options. But, in my many many years of experience with ICM, this is a good rate for hour lessons from Ustad Imrat Khan, or Ustad Irshad Khan. Lessons from these musicians could be worth much more than the amount they're asking. That being said, I don't have experience with online lessons, so I can't speak to the quality of the exchange, just shooting from the top of the dome...
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