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Old 04-27-2020, 05:28 PM   #1
Ray Exten
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Default Web-Based Rehearsals

Hi,


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How is everyone handling rehearsals during these times.
We are a small band and are trying to find a way we could rehearse over the web.


We tried a few options but did not work well, must was not being able to hear everyone.


The ones we have tried are:
Skype - Audio Only
Zoom
Google Duo


If anyone could help, that would be great.
Also, we are looking for an inexpensive option.


Thanks,
Ray
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Old 04-28-2020, 04:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Web-Based Rehearsals

My brother's Ukulele club has tried a video conferencing application called Jitsi and seem to be happy with it. It's free to download.




https://jitsi.org/
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Old 05-01-2020, 07:25 AM   #3
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Default Re: Web-Based Rehearsals

Our band has maintained our regularly scheduled rehearsal time/date, but moved to Zoom. After some experimentation, we have discovered:

- chanters only! too many obstacles to playing the pipes via video conference
- it's too difficult to play together as an ensemble, due to sound quality and internet lags
- we take turns going "around the table" on a tune
- PM plays first to set the standard
- individual players follow while everyone else stays on mute
- after each player goes, there is time for feedback from PM
- drinks are optional, and BYOB!

Even if the rehearsals aren't as robust as pre-pandemic rehearsals, it gives everyone motivation to keep playing, and we get to stay in touch with each other. I love my family, but I really enjoy getting away for a few hours to play.

As the weather permits, and restrictions ease, we are considering meeting up at an outdoor location (maintaining social distancing, of course).

If anyone has any luck with other video conferencing software that allows for ensemble playing, I'd love to hear about it!
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Old 05-01-2020, 05:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: Web-Based Rehearsals

I play in a quite small band in South America. I decided that it might be best to work on existing repertoire once we can all get back together.

So, in the meantime, I've set up a Whatsapp group to tackle new repertoire.
I send a video every day or so of a small chunk of a tune (3 beats of strathspey this morning). When they can, the other pipers listen and watch then repeat the small bit of tune back in a video shared with everyone. I give a bit of feedback where necessary.

I'm loving it. By focusing on the most difficult passages, we're getting a lot of the hard work done at the start. Because I'm posting videos, pipers are training their ears and eyes! I'm also pleasantly surprised by the fact that some members who are often shy at practice are willing to share videos with the group.

Another advantage for me is that I don't have time to run online practices but, using this method, can keep folks engaged and learning. The Whatsapp group means I can give feedback easily and quickly using my phone and a voice comment.

This isn't my idea, really. I think I heard about it on a piping podcast.
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Old 08-04-2020, 08:07 AM   #5
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Default Re: Web-Based Rehearsals

My experience has been incredibly positive.

Bit of background:
  • We're in Spain, so, not many GHB teachers.
  • All the pupils are adults but new
  • Most live a fair distance away.
  • 12 pupils
  • One of the pupils was only able to take 1 lesson every month and a half.
Comes the lockdown:

We've all got too much time in our hands.
We've learnt about zoom thanks to Dojo U
We immediately started a schedule of:
  • Lessons every day from Monday 2 Saturday
  • 40 Minutes per pupil (Thank you Zoom)
  • 1 Pupil at a time.
  • other pupils may "audit" and join at the end
  • Only Practice Chanter.

Not only did we progress a lot but it was good
for our psyche and, believe it or not, pupils were
looking forward to the "torture".

Now that the lockdown is over the number
of clases has subsided, but now we're
comfortable practicing via Zoom and has
made the "live" practices much more productive
and enjoyable
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