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Kyle Boyce takes a guitar lesson in Chicago every Wednesday night—with a teacher in Toronto.

No traveling is involved. Instead, Boyce fires up a computer, plugs in his electric guitar, and launches into a live music lesson with his instructor on Bandhappy.com, a new Baltimore-based website that aims to bring such lessons to the masses.

"I was super-skeptical about it at first," said Boyce, 27, who is a guitarist in a band...

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