I was pleasantly surprised by how my lefreQue video was received, so I decided to do a similar format for my reviews! I actually have been a little bit discontent with how "prim and proper" I tend to get in my reviews, and I have been looking for a way to still make detailed reviews but get that super genuine feel across. I think we've found the perfect way to do it! Instead of experiencing the flutes first and then showing you guys, I've opted to just experience them with you guys.
The really fun part about this type of video is that I get to tell you guys my expectations and biases and then have them proven correct.. or wrong too! I actually think that getting proven wrong is way more fun. Makes for a much more interesting video, in my opinion. I hope you guys enjoy the experience with me!
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It's been a while since I've felt this creative when it comes to editing. Quite honestly, it's because I decided to stop seeing video-making as work--it's now a serious hobby. And whaddaya know... I make better content this way.
I'm playing with the idea of a more concise ending because I personally find that I always skip them as a viewer. So why bother? I hope regular viewers don't miss it too much--I did still keep the little salute at the end. ;)
As for the rhythm games, what a journey. I never thought I'd be put in a position where I'd feel like a beginner on something that feels like reading music. I've contemplated playing other instruments, but I'd be able to read music no problem. Rhythm games are a whole other story. It's an entirely new way of reading music altogether!
I really owe my recent teaching style to Jon, my amazing boyfriend. He's made me consider things I had forgotten as professional, and really... he's just made me a better person in general.
Love you, love. <3
I actually got to film this in natural light!! I had a short break before lunch one day and decided to just pop the camera on my desk and film what was on my mind.
One of the hardest things to teach is posture because everyone has unique issues and unique solutions to those issues. I've had to really sit and listen to my students carefully to understand what they're experiencing, and what I've learned is that I can really only share my own experience so they have some inspiration to draw from and offer some ideas for solutions for them to experiment with. Whatever works for me usually doesn't 100% work on them, and I always have to remind myself to sit back and take my time to figure out what's going on with their posture. I've learned to ask them questions about their posture, any pain they may be experiencing, and clarifications of what they're experiencing. I will never just be able to look at a person and immediately diagnose what's wrong with their posture, and I have to be really up front about that. Figuring out posture is a process; there's never a quick solution.
What posture issues have you had, and what were your solutions? :)
I've caught myself telling this story every time a student asks about performing and how it looks like professionals make no mistakes. The truth is, there is no professional out there who makes no mistakes. We all do. None of it is intentional, and sometimes life has a funny way of springing curveballs at you.
So if we can't necessarily control our mistakes, the only thing we can control is how we deal with those mistakes. On stage, mistakes are no longer mistakes. They're interpretations! If you've been hanging around the music world long enough, you've probably already heard that phrase. I'll just add that as long as you perform your mistakes as if they're correct, literally no one will even notice that it was a mistake in the first place. Even if they know the music super well, usually they just think it sounded rather interesting at that particular spot. It's all about how you perform it. :)
So, happy performing! Just maybe don't do it while seasick...