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網上學箏 Learn Zheng Online

以前料技沒那麼先進,學箏都是面對面,一對一或是小組學習。現在科技進步,除了有網上讀大學、網上讀文憑課程外,古箏也可以網上學。我住的地方,沒有古箏古師。當初我想再學古箏時,也不感抱有太多的希望,畢竟大部分古箏老師都會用面對面教學。機緣巧恰下,讓我找到一位很好的老師,肯願意跟我嘗試網上教學。到現在,已跟她上了兩年多的課程了!而據我所知,她現在還有其他網上來自北美和南美的學生。

網上教學的確方便。不過如果你想試試,有些因素是要考慮清楚的。第一、如果你是已有古箏根底再網上學習會容易很多。我開始網上學習之前,曾跟另一位老師面對面學了年多,基本的指法和概念有基本認識,所以當現在的老師通過電腦指導我時,也不算太難理解。第二、當然是需要很好的網路連線和速度。第三、考慮使用那種教學平台,如Skype、Wechat、Facebook……。第四、時差。如果你跟老師的時差有分別,那就是考慮時差的問題。第五、動力,就是不要經常請假缺課。畢竟不用外出上課,別因為懶惰而經常缺課。第六、準備良好的電腦或平板電腦,確保收音和鏡頭良好,我是用iPad的。第七、購買支撐電腦或平板電腦的支架。

以下是一些我知道有提供網上教學的古箏老師:

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In the past when technology was still immature, leanring guzheng had to take place face-to-face in a one-on-one or group setting. Now due to technological improvement, we can learn many things online, from attending university classes, to learning a hobby. This even includes leanring Guzhengs.

I live in a rural area where there is no Guzheng teacher at all. When I first decided to learn Guzheng again, I did not have much hope because many Guzheng teachers give classes face-to-face. However, I was fortunate enough to be able to find a teacher who was willing to give a try to teach my Guzheng online. By now, she has been teaching me online for more than two years! As far as I know, she now also has other online students from North and South America.

Online teaching is indeed convenient. But if you want to try it, there are some factors that need to be considered carefully:

  • If you already have some Guzheng foundaiton, then online learning will be much easier. Before I started learning online, I had learned from another teacher for more than a year. I already learned some basic techniques and theories. So when the current teacher taught me through the computer, it was not too difficult for me to understand.
  • You need very good and reliable network connection and speed.
  • Think about what kind of platforms you are able to use: Skype, Wechat, Facebook …
  • If you and your teacher have different time zones, it is important to think about that.
  • Online learning does not require travelling. However, it might be more tempting to skip classes when you are tired. So, make sure you find some ways to motivate yourself not to skip classes.
  • Get a good, reliable laptop or tablet with good audio and camera. I’m using an iPad currently to take lessons.
  • Buy a stable iPad floor stand to hold your tablet / device.

Here are some of the guzheng teachers I know have to offer online teaching:

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