BandwithPro is an innovative platform that has seen a significant spike in traffic since the lockdown began and it’s easy to see why.
Apart from being a super easy-to-use platform, BandwithPro connects some of SA’s most experienced professional musicians with music enthusiasts for live one-on-one online sessions where they share their skills and knowledge.
Ever wondered how top players listen to music? Or which guitar to buy? Hanging out with great musicians is extremely inspiring, and in these times also a welcome break from the stuck-in-quarantine routine.
Other than pre-recorded instructional videos that abound on the internet, BandwithPro offers and exclusive opportunity to jam, ask questions and learn new things directly from someone who has years of experience. If you are a songwriter you can book a session with someone like Hunter Kennedy (from Die Heuwels Fantasties and Fokofpolisiekar) or the Emmy-nominated James Stewart to workshop with you.
If you are an Afrikaans music fan, go hang out with the legendary Valiant Swart, or get some blues tips from Gerald Clark, who happens to currently live in the Czech Republic. If you’ve been struggling with a guitar riff people like Henry Steel, who is Karen Zoid’s guitarist, can help.
“The online migration of music content, whether streaming or tuition, is definitely here to stay,” explains Dr Schalk van der Merwe, co-founder of BandwithPro and professional bassist (Karen Zoid band). “Our list of professionals on BandwithPro is growing daily, and with it our collective value as the first place where you’re going to browse for live online music interaction. It is also the first of its kind in Africa.”
BandwithPro is not primarily about online music lessons, with a strict curricullum. Rather, pros share tips, philosophies, riffs, dos and don’ts – anything musical – with people from anywhere in the world.
Sure, if you want straight lessons, they can certainly help you. But BandwithPro is so much more. The platform is super easy to use. Simply log in, browse by instrument or genre, and it will connect you with the relevant pro. Click on a timeslot and your lesson is checked out just like any other online purchase. The site will email an invitation for a video conference call to both parties and that’s it. And the best part? At R250 per 40 minute session, it is super affordable.