How are you folks finding the new website? Every transition is challenging but I am hoping you are finding the new system easier to navigate and use.
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Learning to play the guitar is not an isolated experience. As a subscriber to our classical, jazz or blues online guitar lessons get the most out these lessons by getting involved in the EliteGuitarist community. Here you can get valuable help and offer encouragement to other students learning to play the guitar.
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Hi - so I really think that the site has great content but the usability could be improved. I really wish that I could:
rewind 10-15 seconds with a simple rewind control
arrange my favorites - not have them arranged by when they were favorited - so that I could arrange them in a way that is convenient to me rather than the system.
I really hope you have the opportunity to make a few upgrades. It'd really make a difference. I hope the admin on the site reads the users' comments.
Not a bad idea, if it’s available on YouTube. This highlights the importance of having the convenience of a 10 or 15 second rewind function. Not sure if the folks at eliteguitarist.com are reading these forums. I feel the content of the site very good but the usability still has a ways to go. But I’m not getting the sense that they are looking to do enhancements to improve the usability.
Hi, I normally do the first lesson in youtube. This allows me to use the j-10sec rewind, k-pause and l-10 sec forward. For me this is a much easier option , than using the cursor to back up. I notice that the k-pause does work in you web site. These keys only seem to work in youtube after I have used the cursor to toggle the pause . Love the lessons, Tnxs
Hi Tavi, How are you doing? I've had an idea, which I think would be quite useful to the students of Eliteguitarist. Have you considered creating an app? Most of the time I use my ipad to stream videos and I think it would be much more convenient if I could access an app version of the platform. Additionally, if there is an app then you could allow students/members of the platform to download videos onto the app itself so that we could watch the tutorials offline. In this manner members would not be able to use the videos outside of the app, but it would make learning a lot easier and more convenient. Just a thought. Regards, Mohsin
Hi Tavi. Just joined and looking to really learn a lot from the wonderful lessons and community here. There are two things that I think would add a lot of convenience to the interface. One would be a rewind control that returns you back 5 or 10 seconds or so (possibly a forward one too). I have that on the Udemy interface and after starting here yesterday find that it’s a convenience I really miss, especially as you need to go over parts again and again. Another is the ability to bookmark so that if you navigate away you could return to where you left off or bookmark spots that you might feel need extra work. Thanks!
If I use my phone I do the same just tap at the same spot, not as precise but it only means a few extra seconds if you go too far back. Referring to the tabs also helps me with complicated parts, then the video is easier to understand second time you play it.
All I do is leave the cursor over the point I want to rewind to on the time lapse bar. The time shows up when you do this so you can choose the exact point you want. Doesn't this work for you?
It would be great and very practical to rewind a videolession for 5 sec, like you can do that on youTube with the "arrowkeys".
this is more of a comment on teaching style than the website but I thought it could go here.
I really enjoy Tavi's teaching method where he methodically goes over the left and right hand placement, and then does a recap every few bars in slow motion. I sometimes struggle with other teachers when they skip over the left hand fingering or which strings to play, and I have to pause the video and rewind many times, or go to the tabs, which are not always correct.
just a personal preference of mine - i'd rather leave the quick learning to the fast track tutorials if that's possible
I would like to suggest adding a way for subscribers to suggest projects by while also including a way to request the level of difficulty. It may be beneficial to also have this list view-able by others and include an option for subscribers to “like” suggestion thus indicating support.
Since it’s my suggestion (and because I bought one of the twenty Coco guitars), I’m going to selfishly suggest a classical interpretation of Remember Me at the intermediate level. I think you could do something interesting with that song. I got the idea while watching the video of you playing one of the limited edition guitars.
dbueker, excellent suggestion. Check out the "SIGN IN" option on the home page of both the classical and jazz tracks.
It would probably be more efficient for subscribers to access their packages / accounts quickly from a direct link on the main page.
Hi John, this is a great suggestion. For now, the easiest way to do this is for students to upload their video recordings to YouTube and then provide links to those videos in the Forum section. I like the idea of students and teacher playing for each other. Thanks for the suggestion.
Hi Tavi, new site is looking good easier to navigate too. I was thinking it might be cool is there was a separate section where people could upload their own performance of their favorite piece. Best of luck with the site.
Steve, check out the new "Upcoming Projects" page on the website and thanks for the good suggestions.
Hi Steve, this is a very good suggestion. I might rename the "News" section to "Upcoming Projects." FYI, the next tutorial released will be Leyenda, 2 Studies by Leo Brower, Recuerdos de L'Alhambra and Una Limosna by Barrios.
The new site is great. I am happy to see the videos upload much smoother/quicker now. One suggestion that I have is to create a "Coming soon..." post where you regularly update the list of upcoming songs that will soon be featured on the site and cite what production stage the song(s) are in (ex. preparation/planning stage, soon to be recorded, recording stage, post production, etc.). In my opinion, this could help build excitement and anticipation and give current and prospective students even more to look forward to.
That's so great to know Diana! Thanks for the analysis and yes, both Taso and Ines are just wonderful! Excellent guitarists, teachers and diligent working musicians. Share with us a recording of Packington's Pound when you are done with it.
.....I love the new site!! It is enough similar to the old so as to not challenge me in navigating it. And I think it has more 'eye appeal' than the former site. It is laid out extremely well, and is very easy to use.
Thank you, Tavi, for all the continuing improvements!!!! I also love our 'new' instructors, Ines and Taso. I listened to Ines play the performance video of Packington's Pound, and she makes me want to pick up that piece again, with her tutorials.....I will let you know how that goes.