My teacher is trying to find software that may make it easier to actually play with individual students online. Is anyone familiar with anything that might work? I know it's quite challenging at best...
If you mean play together, live, then it's an impossibility. Even with the fastest internet connection in the world, you will always have that gap of a few milliseconds each time your data changes hands. From the software to the network, network to the server, server to the recipient, and then to their screen, and to their ear, so on and so forth... It adds up. There's a funny experiment where they play a loop of what someone is saying back to them at a slight delay, and it totally messes up their ability to form sentences. I guess playing music with a delay is the same sort of thing.
When I want a student to play with me, I ask them to mute themselves. I can get the information I need about how they’re doing by watching the screen while I play.
Zoom just doesn't work for playing together, for all the reasons Cotton noted. We do use it for lessons, of course. No one is doing in person lessons in my area, not since March, and I don't think it will change anytime soon.
Steve, sadly we do need both...I appreciate the links though. I will pass along comments and suggestions to Bill.
What people are doing is to record each player individually and then use some software to assemble them all together. Actually playing together isn't possible.
Thanks David - that was my assumption but it didn't hurt to ask. The issue is that, as a student, not being able to play WITH anyone, including my teacher, is starting to hold me back. I know many of us are in the same shoes, but after 10 months of not being able to even play with my teacher more than twice makes me about ready to give my eye teeth to change that, to coin and old phrase. I know many of of us are in this position which is why I've been hesitant to say anything.
That’s the standard thing during lessons, isn’t it? ‘I could play this at home” is a common refrain.
Try an accompaniment CD, or an accompaniment app, to practice playing with someone else.
...and if the accompaniment is audible in the student's space, the teacher can appreciate the ensemble, "live" as it were..
Thankfully I've recordings to prove I can play it better :) He is really focusing on helping me take both of the Reiding pieces (Concertino and Concerto in B Minor) to performance level. We aren't moving on until that happens - and I don't really want to.
There have been past threads where people talked about high-end, high-speed, very tech-detailed setups that apparently "come close" but they don't seem to be in the purview of a typical user who is unable/unwilling to spend a whole lot of resources researching and acquiring all the necessary components - and would still not beat playing in the same acoustic space, with speed of light, speed of sound, etc.