After being an instructor for 6 years at guitartricks.com I am now unfortunately forced to quit. Somehow I am happy about this since the workload on the technical side ( video shoots, editing, cutting, track production ) has really become quite big in the past 2 years. I still was able to do it since I felt responsible for all students which gave me feedbacks, asked for specific new tutorials but on the other hand more and more I was not able to be creative anymore which made me very unhappy in the past 12 months. I tried to find a solution in the past that at least I could hire somebody who would help me with the videoshoots and video editing but since the Swiss Franc has become such a hard currency and my salery from Guitartricks.com always was in US$ I could not afford it. Several attempt to negotiate this with Guitartricks.com to get some support in this matter did not bring any results. Now a new videostandard was annouced which would have trippled my workload and could only be made with a professional team around. I tried to point out the situation but again I did not get any support. So now I needed to quit immediatly since the there was a timeline of 3 days for this changments.
Well thats how it is. I do understand the position of Guitartricks.com and I wish them the best in the future that they remain the no. 1 source for guitarplaying in the internet. For my understanding they are too much fixed on technical things and creativity, fun and individuality which is part of playing and learning is not payed enough attention - but thats only my perspective. I am greatful that I was part of this experience for 6 years. In these days I have been no. 1 in the populary list they so I am quitting on the top which is great.
Whats next ?
Well the main problem of course is the loss of 50% of my fixed income. I need to replace that. The easiest way to do that is to go out and play piano again. So I have updated my pianist homepage www.pianist.ch and I am ready to go out and play piano again.
But of course I will be creative again. I have saved enough money that I can go a longer way now without bigger income but at least I will get my happiness back in my work. I really missed creativity. I am really looking forward to this and hopfully I will get a bigger income from this work then I had from Guitartricks.com.
Since I am still running my own online guitarschool I still need to think about if I shall continue here or if I should stop completly with online teaching. I will decide in the next weeks and months. I will keep the system running anyway and updates will come at least till the end of the year.
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