In the beginning...
But my musical life - as I had known it - was over. Or on pause? No one really can say what the future holds at this point.
My husband saw it coming. He runs a wildlife rehab center, and he had been planning for this since February. He had stages of practical protocols which he had been implementing for weeks. These protocols are the reason the center is still in operation as I write this today.
While I'm on a tangent...
Back to the story...
Are you willing and able to keep going with your lessons via Skype?
Thankfully, most of them were.
How on earth would I manage that? I would need to practice a ton, but also figure out how to wire myself up for optimal sound quality. Ugh.
I had started dabbling a bit with Zoom once I bit the bullet and signed up for a professional account. I use it all the time now, for most of my lessons, and virtual ACE rehearsals as well. But I wasn't sure at that time how to navigate all the customizations.
Luckily, a student of mine who works in the tech industry generously offered to give me a tutorial. (I am forever grateful, Patricia!)
And then another student shared an easy tutorial as one photo (Thanks, Karen!), that together with my own material, I will share with you below, so you can have an easy time setting up your Zoom and making it just perfect for cello.
Here are the easy steps you can take to sound your best over Zoom (without fancy microphones):
On a computer
Or on a tablet
Now, I did end up setting up a vocal mic for talking and my Remic C5300 to capture my cello sound, but unless you are giving a concert over Zoom, you can do without all the tech.
Today, I've gotten used to teaching online, and I have a routine.
I get up and practice. No concerts on the horizon to practice for, so I am getting to explore things I haven't had the time to look at:
After practicing, I do some computer work at my treadmill desk (exercise definitely helps my state of mind), and then I teach in the afternoon/evenings.
After that is dinner with a TV show. Not sure what I am going to do once I am done with all the available episodes of The Great British Bake-Off!
What have you been up to and how are you coping with the new Covid lifestyle? Please let me know in the comments.