HASMB PERFORMANCE VIDEO #1 INSTRUCTIONS
Due by the next July rehearsal (extended from June 30th) -
Maui: July 9
Big Island: July 16
Oahu & Kauai: July 23
Please Video Record you performing:
#1 “Tahiti, Tahiti” (ALL- beginning intro to end of Tahiti, Tahiti)
How to submit video:
Once complete, copy/paste the shared video link into this GoogleForm: https://forms.gle/QYTsjT1riyZzf8F98
You can use your phone, tablet, computer, or a hand held camera.
Your phone or tablet should be set horizontally – put it in Airplane mode or Do Not Disturb mode to avoid interruptions – and tap the screen to focus.
Use a tripod, stand or prop the device to be able to see your upper body and face while performing. This cannot be a “selfie” even with a stick.
Be sure the device is at the right distance from you to frame the shot.
State your name, instrument and school
Perform with a metronome in the background at bpm = 120. I highly recommend you use another device to sound the metronome (such as an app/website on computer, tablet or phone). A free metronome website can be found here: https://www.metronomeonline.com/
State the song title and section you will be performing from memory.
Example: “Tahiti Tahiti or Koni Au”
Once complete, please upload the video links to YouTube (Unlisted)/ GoogleDrive or any online cloud storage system and then copy/paste the shared link onto this GoogleForm: https://forms.gle/QYTsjT1riyZzf8F98
*How to upload video to youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDNt44uAg-Y
*How to upload video to GoogleDrive: https://www.laptopmag.com/how-to/how-to-upload-videos-to-google-drive
RECORDING & PRACTICE TIPS
Create a plan and follow it! Having clear goals is key to a good practice session.
USE A METRONOME ALWAYS! If first learning something, it might be helpful to play it out of time to get the right pitches and general rhythm. But then immediately use a metronome to be consistent.
Chunk it up! Don’t wait all day to start your dreaded hours of practice. Play in shorter chunks, 10 to 20 minutes at a time, with breaks to relax physically and mentally. Bad habits thrive and injuries occur when you’re fatigued, so it is better to focus intensely in shorter sessions. Also, begin early in the day. Once you get started, it will be easier to keep adding chunks throughout the day!
The number one thing that will help most any brass or wind player improve their sound immediately is AIR. Whenever possible, I give myself 2 beats to breathe. Find your tempo, count to yourself “1-2-breathe-breathe” and play. It’s that simple. Think of filling up your diaphragm with your first beat of breath, and then filling up the rest of your lungs with your second beat of breath. Work to keep the shoulders nice and relaxed as you fill up with air. Doing this will help you in at least three ways:
1. You establish a solid sense of pulse
2. You can’t help but take a really full breath
3. By bringing in the air in a slower, more relaxed way, it will go out in the same fashion helping to keep your sound more open, relaxed and warm.
I’ve always hated the saying, “Practice makes perfect!” Practice doesn’t make “Perfect”, it makes “Permanent”. My practice tip, especially for young people: Slow down and isolate the problem spot. If you don’t, you are in essence “permanently” working the mistake into your practicing and therefore into your performance.
If you can hear it, you can play it- practice mentally away from your instrument. This can make your practice time much more efficient.
If you get too frustrated with a particular passage, don’t stress, just come back to it later. Taking a break will help clear you head and you may be inspired with a different approach.
Stay focused. Mindless practice can be worse than not practicing at all.
Record yourself and play the recording back to make it consistently perfect every time.
Make every note you play the most beautiful note you can.
Good Music Practice Smartphone Apps
Tuner = “iStrobosoft” or “TonalEnergy”
Metronome = “Tempo”