Learning by Youtube

Learning by Youtube

While contributing to the national productivity decline by watching youtube, I came across these guys’ videos. The concept would seem to be of use for learning some basic tunes, especially for the hopelessly paper-trained:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6_eqaefSKA&mode=related&search=


Or this series (let’s hear it for Jesuit education!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH3lGYmCdgM


Jesuit session: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqgcdmby5pI&mode=user&search=

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Of course, since I’m at work and some actual work intervened, I forgot the secon part of my post, which was a general question about the usefulness of video tutors in the absence of live ones, of learning tunes via performance videos and any recommendations (fer or agin). Cheers!

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Sounds to me like the fiddler speeds things up when he joins in….

Funny, if I were going to learn a tune from a video like this, I’d close my eyes.

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The first one is very similar to the BBC Virtual Session, with live players instead of stylized miscellaneous cartoons. Might be helpful if you had never heard the tune before.

(Unrelated thought: I still have flashbacks to that cartoon guy raising a pint, when a certain tune comes up at our session… he’s got no instrument, he’s just robotically drinking… do think if the BBC had a similar thing for blues music, they would do a cartoon of a guy chugging a big bottle of malt liquor?)

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llig and ptamigan
What are those lines and stuff at the bottom of the screen ?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>( runs away laughing )

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Will’s right… the fiddler ramps it up a bit. Ah… so you’d close your EYES,WIll… I’ve been closing my ears… which explains a lot.

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I just find the combination of sheet music and video, panning from one player to the next, distracting and too much to take in. It’s easier to play along if I close my eyes.

But then I’m an old fogie, not a Gen Next whiz kid accustomed to 500 frames a second of visual images….

Seriously though, the video does help show how little effort is needed to play the tune—how relaxed the fiddler’s bow arm is, for instance. I think that sort of visual information can be very helpful for less experienced players. Not to ape every bow stroke, but just adopting a similar easy touch and economy of motion. No harm in that.

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Ahhh, karaoke has gone trad!!!!

Cheers,
Armand

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While I think the concept is somewhat interesting, I am a bit disturbed by the money making venture. (Go to their website, if you didn’t already http://www.theworkingparty.co.uk)

Similar to the old scoiltrad days, using technology is potentially a good thing in this day and age, where there are people that would like to learn to play this music, but aren’t in a place where they’re surrounded by players. At least scoiltrad had the interactive aspects to it, where you could record yourself after the lesson and get feedback from the instructor.

I was taught by the people who "raised" me (musically) that this is a tradition to be passed on, and that we should honor our teachers by passing it on ourselves. And while I don’t have a problem paying someone directly for a lesson, the idea of paying money for video files of this stuff seems a bit absurd to me.

Never mind that I don’t read music, so would just listen anyway 😛

Oh, and Ptarmigan, do you just automatically go search youtube when someone brings up a something (like trad karaoke) so that you can interject a video comment? LOL A number of the video links you post are hilarious! Including the Flogging Molly karaoke.

Pete