I first began seriously contemplating the thought of becoming a video blogger this past February, but I was at a loss when it came to figuring out what to start with. Come the beginning of March, I found that all my time was taken up with preparations for my 3rd year recital, and I thought, "Hey! Bingo! Since I'm totally consumed with my recital, I might as well video blog about it!" And that's how my first video series came about.
Well, here goes! Stay tuned for the second half of the video!!
Joanna's 3rd Year Recital: The Rehearsals
I've always loved behind-the-scenes footage of anything performance-related--films, plays, performances, talk shows...you name it. I thought it'd be fun to try my hand at my own behind-the-scenes clips. You'll probably notice that I was a lot more timid back then than I am now, but that's all part of the learning process. :)
This was the first official video blog that I posted on Facebook (I had been experimenting with videos earlier on, but they weren't exactly what you'd call, "video blogs"...) is a clip of one of our rehearsals. In total, we had about 10 rehearsals for this recital (eep!). My freaking awesome pianist, Sarah Bowker, and I have worked together ever since I first moved to Canada--so it's been a good 5 or 6 years. I remember when it was difficult for us to read each other musically, but after working together for so long, we can now practically throw anything together in just a rehearsal or two. All the other rehearsals are meant for fine-tuning and detail work (e.g. "Let's get louder in measure 36 and get softer in 47," or, "Can we make measure 70 a lot softer just to be a bit more dramatic?").
It also helps that I've learned how to cue properly and how not to be a super flute diva who doesn't listen to her pianist and then wonders why the pianist can't follow her. ;)
And here goes the second video blog!
Joanna's 3rd Year Recital: Answers, Reflections, & Tips
This video was my very first try at talking directly at the camera.
Wow. Starting the talking is hard.
Because you feel like the biggest fool in the world. You're basically talking at a camera and pretending it's a big audience.
The really weird thing, though, was that I soon found myself jabbering on for about 15 minutes non-stop...and actually quite liking it.
If you've seen my more recent videos, you'll notice the lack of background music in this video. At this point, I hadn't thought of using a soundtrack while I talked. I don't quite know why it hadn't occurred to me to do it. A week or so after making this video, I was watching one of KevJumba's videos, and I noticed he had a soundtrack going on while he was talking. I found that it livened up the video just that tad bit more that I had wanted, so I gave it a try in my later videos.
But, not to worry, there was a little bit of a soundtrack in this one. It was quick--did you catch it? ;)
If there's anything else you're wondering about in the making of these videos or what I'm talking about or doing in the videos, drop me a line in the comment section below! I'll be happy to answer as best I can. :)