LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-Learning how to play an instrument takes years of practice and lessons with an expert. Due to the quarantine, one local artist is now teaching his guitar lessons virtually.
"I've been playing guitar since I was 13 years old," said local musician Kyle Bledsoe.
Bledsoe is well known in the community for his guitar skills. He normally plays gigs multiple times a week. Due to the shelter in place, Kyle's gigs were canceled. Due social distancing his guitar lessons were as well until Kyle decided to start teaching virtually.
"With this new normal we are all kind of getting used to I thought it might be a good idea to kind of do more virtual guitar lessons online," added Bledsoe
Bledsoe says teaching virtually can be challenging at times, especially since he is a hands-on learner himself.
"It's kind of hard for me to not be able to put my hands on the guitar of someone that I am teaching and be like no put your fingers here or help with the position of the hand," said Bledsoe.
However, his students say every lesson is educational. They are also thankful to have the lessons during the shelter in place.
"The virtual experience has not detracted anything from the learning experience," said Zach King who is learning to play guitar virtually.
King hopes to continue his virtual lessons even after the shelter in place is lifted.
"Now that we have every tool to do them I am going to continue to do them with him,” added King. “I think it works really well."
Kyle also does virtual concerts on his Facebook page. He hopes by continuing to share music, he can also share a bit of positivity during a tough time.
"It's definitely a positive thing we can take out of everything right now,” said Bledsoe. “To be able to continue to work and try to stay creative and make music and also interact with folks."
Kyle is hosting another virtual concert tomorrow. He will be going live on the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette's Facebook Page. For information on how to sign up for virtual lessons visit his website for contact information.