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In this tutorial, we take you step by step on how to get the best audio on both sides of the Zoom meeting.

Zoom has been a good platform for scheduling online meetings on a recurring basis.

But how about music lessons?

If you’re like me, a lot of musicians and educators in the world are are now teaching online. Musicians are always interested in getting the best sound on both sides of online Zoom lessons. We’ll take you through an easy, step by step process on how to adjust the audio settings to your liking.

You will need to download the Zoom App on your laptop or desktop

Although Zoom has a mobile app for convenience, a lot of what we’re going to talk about does not apply to the mobile app. As of this post, you cannot adjust sound settings on the Zoom app.

Open Zoom & Log In

Once you’ve downloaded the app onto your computer, you will have to create an account. Zoom makes this a painless process if you have a Gmail account. It’s still a pretty painless process if you want to log in with different sign-in credentials.

Zoom Home Page & Settings

When you log in to Zoom, you’ll be redirected to the home page. This is where you can schedule meetings, join meetings, and set recurring meetings. You’ll find a list on the right side of the window of upcoming meetings for that particular day.

What we’re really interested in is adjusting the audio settings. You can find the settings button below your profile picture on the top right of your window and click on it.

Audio Settings

Once you reach the main settings page in Zoom, you’ll have a lot of options on the left side of the new window. Click on Audio, and proceed to Advanced on the bottom right corner of the window.

Enable Original Sound & Other Settings

You’ve reached the advanced audio settings. Here comes the important part. You will have to click on the box at the top of the page that says to “Enable Original Sound”. This will give you the most accurate sound from you to your teacher/student. Then you will have to disable the top two settings which are the intermittent and persistent sound settings. You will want those two disabled.

The zoom software will recognize our instrument sound and will therefore mute or completely block the sound. This step will help prevent that from happening.

Now You’re All Set!

There you have it. This is how to get the best audio settings from Zoom when conducting video lessons. Have any other suggestions? Leave a comment below!

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“Getting Started On The Violin” written by Eric Mrugala was written for the person who wants to play the violin but doesn’t know where to start.

Here are some of the things that the E-book addresses:

  • Looking for a violin teacher
  • Finding the the right violin
  • What to look for when choosing an instrument
  • Accessories
  • Goal Setting
  • Starting Your Journey

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Violin Tuning with ViolinPodcast editor Eric Mrugala

Many violin students out there are now having video lessons due to the Coronavirus. We thought that it would be helpful for beginner students and parents of beginner students to know how to tune their violins while teachers are not around to help.

Please note, we did this video on a violin with only one fine tuners. If you have fine tuners, then that will be the easiest option for you to tune your violin.

There are many accessible tuners out there that are either free or available for purchase on in the app store of your choice. While we tuned our violin by plucking the string, it’s best to tune with the bow. Below is a list of the frequency of each note that should be on the each string:

  • E(5) String: 659 Hz
  • A String: 440 Hz
  • D String: 293 Hz
  • G String: 196 Hz

The strings on a violin the western classical music tradition are tuned in fifths.

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