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David Wallimann
post Oct 5 2007, 06:33 AM
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Hi fellow instructors.
I thought we could share the way we create our lessons here. Maybe we can find the most time efficiant way to do it...
I'll start.
Here's how I do it:

1. Create a track over whick to do my lesson. I usually use premade loops, add a bass loop and additional keys if needed.

2. I save 3 or 4 versions of the track at different tempos that I'll upload for students.

3. I write a lead over the track according to the subject I'm covering.

4. I record the Main video along with the wav file on my computer.

5. I record all the parts, same as above.. Wave files recorded on my computer.

6. Match all videos and Waves in video editing software, and save them in appropriate video format.

7. Create GP file and scales in .jpg

8 Export GP file as .txt

9. Open .txt tab and write explanation paragraphs for each segment. Save .txt as new file.

10 upload all vids and files.

11. Go back to each video in GMC lesson maker and copy and paste all my explanations.



That's how I do it.
How do you do it?
I'm trying to be more efficiant...

Once I know the parts, all the process takes me about 2 hours and a half...

How long does it take you?


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post Oct 5 2007, 07:37 AM
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Hi David,
for me is something like that.
Sometimes I record the guitar track before, only with metronome. After that, I compose the backing track so I can experiment different solutions.


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Muris Varajic
post Oct 5 2007, 10:36 AM
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I usually program the whole backing track,after I figure out the lesson.
Recording process is similar to your David except I write explanations straight from my head
into fields at GMC lesson maker.
Actually,uploading takes the most of the time,couple of hours.
Recording,editing videos,work in GP,writing scales...maybe 2 hours.
But "making" of the lesson varies,from 10 min to whole day,if I'm out of ideas or som. smile.gif


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post Oct 5 2007, 12:25 PM
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Here is my acoustic version.

1. Choose a piece.
I enjoy this part. I try to choose different character, difficulty and topic to teach within classical repertoire.

2. Create a tab on GP.
This is a hard part for me, because sometimes classical music gets too complicated for a tab.

3. Write lesson text.
After I wrote, I practice as I wrote to see if it works.

4. Shoot video clips.
Sometimes, it takes several shots until I play without a mistake. (As my Bourree2 vid did!)

5. Edit and ready for GMC
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post Oct 5 2007, 05:49 PM
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I first make the lesson on guitar, than tab it. Than later put backing track together. Recording and editing takes me around 6 hours because of all those nasty extra angles. So basically i spend 2 days on 1 lesson (not 48 hours, of course biggrin.gif) - 1 day i think of a lesson, tab it and make backing, and next day i record it, edit and upload.


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post Oct 5 2007, 06:51 PM
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First of all I write the lesson in GP and I do the BTs, I practise the lesson some minutes and then I prepare the room with the lights, etc.
I spend 20-60 minutes in the recording and a lot of hours in the editing and uploading (that's very boring tongue.gif)...


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Muris Varajic
post Oct 5 2007, 06:52 PM
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QUOTE (Pavel @ Oct 5 2007, 06:49 PM) *
I first make the lesson on guitar, than tab it. Than later put backing track together. Recording and editing takes me around 6 hours because of all those nasty extra angles. So basically i spend 2 days on 1 lesson (not 48 hours, of course biggrin.gif) - 1 day i think of a lesson, tab it and make backing, and next day i record it, edit and upload.


Of course,extra angles take much time believe.
Still haven't tried it tho...


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post Oct 5 2007, 07:10 PM
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I spend really a lot to prepare a lesson and also usually i make lessons which make it interesting for me to practice before recording.

The worst part is the camera angles.


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post Oct 5 2007, 07:30 PM
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[quote name='Pavel' date='Oct 5 2007, 03:10 PM' post='69705']
I spend really a lot to prepare a lesson and also usually i make lessons which make it interesting for me to practice before recording.

The worst part is the camera angles.
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That's true. It also takes me many time the edition with so many angles. It isn't always the same but commonly it takes me the same time like you Pavel. I take one day to create the lesson with its backing track and the other day I record it. However the last weeks I've began to record two lessons in a day. In this way it takes me between three or four days to finish two lessons. The first day I create them, the second day I record, this same day I edit one of them and on the third day I edit the other lesson. The edition takes time and as I record many angles the files are big and the upload takes many time. I create the GP, explanations and scales the same day that I edit the lesson.


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"But "making" of the lesson varies,from 10 min to whole day,if I'm out of ideas or som. "[/quote]


That's true Muris!! I love the inpired day! smile.gif


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post Oct 5 2007, 07:42 PM
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Uploads always kill me! TOOO LONG!!!!!


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post Oct 5 2007, 07:49 PM
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Yeah,used to have really big files,ages to get it all uploaded...
Now I'm using another codec to have bit smaller files,still it takes lot of time
but that's part of the job tho. smile.gif


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post Oct 5 2007, 09:14 PM
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QUOTE (Pavel @ Oct 5 2007, 08:42 PM) *
Uploads always kill me! TOOO LONG!!!!!


That's for sure !!! XD And as I like to upload lot of videos I need lot of hours tongue.gif


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post Oct 5 2007, 09:29 PM
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QUOTE (Juan M. Valero @ Oct 5 2007, 10:14 PM) *
That's for sure !!! XD And as I like to upload lot of videos I need lot of hours tongue.gif

About the upload time.

I upload all the vids/parts at the same time... just open new windows in the browser, and it works just fine! smile.gif
Ever since Pavel helped me how to compress the vids (each file is now 5-10Mb) it only takes a few minutes to upload a whole lesson. Thanks Pavel! wink.gif


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post Oct 5 2007, 09:36 PM
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QUOTE (lavendell @ Oct 5 2007, 10:29 PM) *
About the upload time.

I upload all the vids/parts at the same time... just open new windows in the browser, and it works just fine! smile.gif
Ever since Pavel helped me how to compress the vids (each file is now 5-10Mb) it only takes a few minutes to upload a whole lesson. Thanks Pavel! wink.gif
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But uploading files all together takes almost the same time as if you are uploading it one by one,right?
I mean,you have current top uploading speed and it calculates how big file/files you're uploading...


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Ah right Muris. but they live in Sweden. Kris's internet download speed is 100Mbit if i remember good. So i bet Marcus also has a killer internet speed.

My upload is 384Kbit. So it's 35Kb/s TOP! Takes ages.


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post Oct 5 2007, 10:03 PM
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QUOTE (Pavel @ Oct 5 2007, 10:41 PM) *
Ah right Muris. but they live in Sweden. Kris's internet download speed is 100Mbit if i remember good. So i bet Marcus also has a killer internet speed.

My upload is 384Kbit. So it's 35Kb/s TOP! Takes ages.


Of course net up there is soo much faster than here at Balkan. wink.gif
I was just doing math,nothing else. smile.gif
Good thing is that you can set all videos to upload and take a coffee break instead
of waiting for each video to be uploaded and then signing next one for upload. cool.gif
I'm doing it that way too but it lasts like when I was uploading one by one,maybe a bit shorter.


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Thanks a lot for sharing this fellows.
Here's another question.
Any tips on light?
My home is pretty dark and I don't have a ceiling light. Only stand up lights..
Any tips?


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post Oct 5 2007, 10:08 PM
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QUOTE (Wallimann @ Oct 5 2007, 11:04 PM) *
Thanks a lot for sharing this fellows.
Here's another question.
Any tips on light?
My home is pretty dark and I don't have a ceiling light. Only stand up lights..
Any tips?


Day light rules indeed.
When I'm recording at sunset or later I use 2 lights,
one from the ceiling and another from table lamp in front of me.
Still it can't replace day light for sure...


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I always record during the day and if it is dark i use the EXPOSURE function on my camera where you can increase or decrease the amount of light. See if you have that function in your camera.


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QUOTE (Pavel @ Oct 5 2007, 05:10 PM) *
I always record during the day and if it is dark i use the EXPOSURE function on my camera where you can increase or decrease the amount of light. See if you have that function in your camera.


Has anyone tried a proper video light? I am thinking of starting some videos when I move to my new house, and I would probably get one of those.


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