In addition to the material he has and will contribute to the bluegrasscollege.org site we referenced yesterday, Mike Compton will soon begin offering private, individual mandolin lessons online using chat software. A prospective student will need a high speed internet connection, a web cam of at least average quality, and the ability to record audio. Mike will initially accept about 24 students, each signing up for a 30 minute cyberlesson, for a fee of $1/minute ($30 for a half hour). Once he determines the level of interest and workability of this teaching format, he will consider accepting some students for longer lesson times.
Mike’s specialty is Monroe-style mandolin, and traditional mandolin styles in general. He has more details and an email link to sign up on his web site, where he also shares these comments:
“It is important to note that, although we will be able to swap information and see/hear each other play, we will not be able to play together in real time. There is a delay between the two parties that will prohibit this facility.
I am looking forward to getting underway and making the acquaintance of some more fans of the older style of bluegrass mandolin. We may even work on oldtime and country blues, providing I do my homework here! The well is deep. We might as well jump in and get our feet wet.”