Gray Ladies, Cheese Weasels and The Horizontal 3-StepSep 25, 2019
About four years ago, there was a story in the New York Times Magazine about "the new digital creatives." The gist was that despite the erosion of intellectual property values wrought by digital distribution of creative work, various and assorted musicians, writers and visual artists were somehow thriving in this hostile climate. Among other things, the story profiled a saxophonist giving online lessons to support his habit of touring with John Mayer. I did the math in my head and decided that unless touring rates had gone up a whole lot since the last time I did it, teaching someone to run mixolydian arpeggios and Coltrane licks via Skype was probably paying for a lot more saxophone reeds and boutique mouthpieces than actually going out and playing them in public. Around the same time, someone gave me a book on making online courses. Since I love learning things out of books, I though, "Yeah, how hard could it be?" and started designing and shooting my first online class.