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It's probably fair to say that trends towards entirely digital music learning are a direct threat to virtuosity, regional style and instrument and technical diversity built up over millenia. Meanwhile, ethnic/niche-instrument musicians and their learners worldwide are consigned to the vagueries of video chat.

What, in your experience (moderators: read "expertise"), are the main impediments to learning (moderators: read "facts") online using video chat?

No rants or discussion, please: just state the problem and (if relevant) the supporting environment (moderators: read "references"). Always check to see if your answer has already been given, and vote up answers you agree with.

Again. Vote up rather than repeat!

Thx. Thug

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Carl Witthoft, Bob Broadley, awe, Dom, American Luke Apr 29 '14 at 16:24

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

This question appears to be off-topic because it is about matters of taste, and because it's asking for a "forum debate" rather than an answer. –  Carl Witthoft Apr 29 '14 at 11:34
This is a dupe of the last one that got raked over the coals. –  Carl Witthoft Apr 29 '14 at 11:34
One consequence of SE being not a forum is that questions and answers are regularly raked over the coals, even for experienced users. I'd say one out of every 5 posts I make is downvoted heavily or needs revision, and I've seen users with 10K+ rep make low-quality posts for the site. What all this means is, there's no shame in making being asked to change one of your posts, as long as you continually try to learn how to make canonical questions and answers, like in the article from my previous comment. I'm sorry you're having a hard time getting started with this site, though. –  Kevin Apr 29 '14 at 20:57
This is not a case of who do you fire. It is a question which has nothing to do with music, and is asking for a list of opinions. Sorry. –  Dr Mayhem Apr 30 '14 at 16:31
This is a community. Your question has been closed twice. The current vote (the value the community places on a question) on your specific question is -3. It is safe to say it is not a conspiracy and that the community does not find this question suitable for this site. –  Meaningful Username Apr 30 '14 at 17:33

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For keyboard instruments, finger positions are important. With the single point of view and not too good camera, it may be very difficult both for the teacher to show the correct position and for the student to check the correctness. Fingers cover each other. It is easy to move the head and look anyway, it is not so easy to move the camera.

Maybe this is solvable with multiple, well placed high quality cameras, never tried.

Also, "modern browser technologies" are still way and way behind that is possible to see and hear being present directly.

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Excellent point, agree entirely. Suggested fingerings are a very important aspect of style, and so should lie under the full control of an online teacher. A precondition I see for this are freely configurable instrument models. Thanks. –  user2165086 Apr 30 '14 at 11:38

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