ArtistWorks highly encourages all students to participate in Video Exchanges (VEs). Submitting videos to your teacher ensures that you'll get the personalized and constructive feedback you need to reach your musical goals faster.
We understand that different reasons exist why you may not feel comfortable sharing your video and your musical skills with others. Trust us....we've heard them all. And, we have some great solutions for you!
I'm too shy!
If it’s simply going public with your face or you don’t think you’re a skilled enough musician, try these ideas to overcome your shyness and get more out of your membership:
Get creative with camera angles: Shoot a tight shot that crops out your head (if your instrument allows). Not only does it look clearer, but also the proximity will provide clearer audio. Use a gorilla pod (tiny tripod) or propped books to set your camera above you or below you so we can still see your instrument, but not your identifiable face.
Accessorize your ArtistWorks persona: Sometimes a hat, sunglasses, bandana or even a mask will obscure your identity and allow us to focus on your musical skills. We don’t care if you’re wearing a Halloween or Burning Man costume; we just want to hear you play!
My video equipment is outdated.
Love whatever video equipment you have: No matter what you have, it’s probably good enough. For our e-learning platform to work, fancy equipment is completely unnecessary.
Our students use a wide range of video equipment, anything from their phone or iPad to a webcam, laptop or HD video camera. The truth is as long as we can hear you and see generally how you're using the instrument, our teachers have enough information to help you play better. That is why you’re here, right?
If you’re unsure about how to use what you have, just ask us or other students here at ArtistWorks. We're here to help!
I perform better when no one’s watching.
Relax and be yourself, we want to support you: Believe it or not, people love you for your flaws, not despite them. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. That's how we learn!
Your teachers and classmates will respond best to the real you so don’t stress about being something that you’re not. This is a music lovers school, not a competition.
The first time you put yourself out there may feel weird and uncomfortable – but that’s because you’re stretching your comfort zone. Next time you do it, it will be easier and you may be surprised how much you like it.
If and when you do feel ready to get your face on camera, just set yourself up somewhere where you feel very comfortable. Be natural, enjoy yourself, and let it flow.
I don't have time/energy to do the videos.
Add one step to your existing practice routine: A final explanation we’ve heard from our submission-less members isn’t about not wanting to be on camera. It's the concern they have about the extra time it takes to record and upload videos. What's the ArtistWorks response to that?
Depending on your device, recording and uploading a video will literally add fewer than five (5) minutes to your existing routine. It may take you a few times to get the settings right but once you get it down, you'll be able to quickly submit a video to your teacher. Give it a shot!
Again, although even without posting there is still a lot of value for members, we want you to get the most of your ArtistWorks membership. By stepping into the spotlight just a little bit, the chances of growing to your full potential increases 100 fold. Whatever dreams, ambitions, goals and desires you hold for advancing your musical prowess, participating in Video Exchanges will help them become a reality sooner. Dare to share your journey and you will improve.
We look forward to hearing - and seeing - more of you!