So I'd always wanted to make a practicing video. Just...not your typical "how to practice" video...
The Battle Wounds of Practicing
The first question in your head is probably, "What the heck is Joanna doing in that practice room for 3 HOURS?!"
Welcome to our world.
Hate to burst your bubble if you thought musicians just magically whip up wicked impossible pieces right on the spot for the whole world to gawk at. Cuz we don't.
So what do we do in the practice room? Well, I showed you what happens after the practice session. What I do during the practice session will be saved for future videos! :D
This particular video was actually pieced together from footage that was about another topic altogether. I forget exactly what I was talking about, but I do remember talking about a few upcoming shows I was doing and about the possibility of filming my quintet. At this point, I was pretty nervous about asking my quintet if I could film one of our rehearsals or gigs as one of my video blogs. I could see what the quintet videos would look like in my head, but I didn't actually have a video to show them what I had in mind (well, obviously because I hadn't filmed our quintet before). The nice thing was that they knew that one of my hobbies was playing with my camera, since about 80% of their pictures on Facebook are actually part of my Facebook photo albums. By this time, they had gotten used to the idea that I was the crazy picture-taking girl. Now they know me as the crazy filming girl.
I filmed the last bit where I'm showing all my "battle wounds" about 10 minutes before one of my private lessons, so, yes, I will admit that I was doing some last-minute practicing. Didn't hurt to video blog about it anyway. I was so nervous that someone would knock on my practice room door and I wouldn't have enough time to stop filming before they'd come in and find me blabbering like a crazy fool at a little camera. I'm still nervous about that, but I love filming in a practice room, despite the horrible florescent top-down lighting!
You probably also noticed that the camera used to film this video is in lower quality. It was shot on my old camera that had a cool flip-out screen, but unfortunately it was so old and used that the screws that held one side of the flip-out screen had already fallen out for some time. I was already thinking about buying another camera at this point, but I wasn't sure how my video blogging would fly with my friends or if I even truly enjoyed making them, so I didn't want to waste my money.
The higher quality camera that you've seen so far is actually borrowed from my brother. I discovered that his small Sony Cybershot shot movies in HIGH DEF (720p)!! What the heck?! I asked him if he knew that, AND HE DIDN'T. WHAAAAAA...?! Well, anyway, I borrowed his camera for a few videos before I went ahead and bought my own.
And went broke in the process.