Okay,this website malarkey is both fun and frustrating at the same time but there is light at the end of the tunnel as they say. My good friends at THWOTH.NET have been the coding brains behind this project, and while it is true that I have learnt a fair bit this year I am still hanging on by my finger tips. (Some people are just a bit special and team THWOTH walk among them)
I am responsible for content which is where the bottle neck is. Having been a musician and a teacher for most of my life I arrived at the table with a brain full of ideas but no actual skills to transfer said ideas on to the net. It has been a funny old year. If I was going to offer any advice to anybody attempting a similar project it would include the following gems;
- Before filming starts check that your microphone is switched on folks!? (doh!)
- Borrow a few lights before you start filming unless you like “The Darkside” that is. (doh!!)
- If your camera has one of those small flip screens turn it away from you. Fourteen minutes not looking at the lens ain’t the way to go. (doh!!!)
- Remember that batteries like to be fed in a morning. (doh!!!!)
- Work on the premise that video editing will be fun once you work the program out. The first video of Tasha and myself performing “Wild Horses” technically took thirty five hours although that was from a standing start while the last performance video took ten minutes. There is only one way to learn how to use a program — dive in. (doh!!!!!)
- Prepare a few coping strategies for that moment when the person you have asked to analyse your teaching video see’s the obvious and sends you back to the drawing board. Thanks Tasha! The thank you is actually genuine as you were right. A fifty six year old like myself looks at the internet in a totally different way to a twenty three year old. (doh!!!!!!)
I could go on all day about all of this stuff. It has definitely been fun if a little frustrating at times.
I have dropped in another video from the sessions I did over the summer with Tasha Lawes. If you want to hear more feel free to click the following link —
If you wish to hear more of what I get up to click the following link which will take you to my actual youtube site —-Al Bampton.
To catch my pupils in action visit The Sunday Afternoon Project’s youtube site —The Sunday Afternoon Project.
Over and out for now. (That statement will date me)
See ya — Al.