Daniel Christiansen wrote:
on a very clean, well-articulated rendition of Malagueña! As you said, there were a couple of minor slip-ups, but nothing that impeded my enjoyment of the piece. In a few places, I think you could have smoothed things out a bit by playing more legato, holding notes for their full value and releasing them simultaneously with the next note played. But overall, a very good performance.
I continue to be impressed by the clarity of both audio and video on your recordings, and how well they sync up. I record using iMovie on my MacBook, with the built-in webcam and an external microphone, and I find both video quality and audio/video syncing to be lacking (although it's quite likely to be due to user error, since I'm new at this). One advantage of this setup is (as you noted) that I can see how the camera is positioned before I start to record, but I would like to solve the video quality and syncing issues somehow.
Nice to have a fellow CG enthusiast in a state where you can't throw a rock without hitting a steel string guitar player!
Ha ha! You are so right. To steal a line from the Blues Brothers, here in Tennessee we have both
types of music - country and western! I can't imagine living in Nashville, I think it would be musically suffocating unless I were a fan of the favored genre.
Your comments are consistent with feedback I've received before - I need to find a way to play more legato. I'm not sure how to do it ... going from note to note is probably subconscious in terms of ending one note and starting the next. Is it a matter of speed? I.e., could I simply be slow in making the change? I'm just not sure how to go about getting better at legato.
Thank you regarding the clarity of my audio/video. It's actually quite an inexpensive setup - the only thing I didn't already own was the DR-05. I bought it after being very unhappy with the audio recording quality (for this purpose anyway) from my digital cameras and MP3 players. I suppose at some point I learned that not all microphones are created equal, and that just because an MP3 player or a camera can record audio digitally, it doesn't mean they do it as well as a dedicated digital recorder. As far as synchronizing, I just try to get it lined up iteratively. I do remove the audio track from the camera entirely. So it mixes in the AVI file from the camera and the WAV file from the recorder. But before loading to youtube it gets compressed down to wmv format (Windows Live Movie Maker does not give another choice). I do save the original files though, so that I'm not beholden to the wmv format and I can retain all the original quality.
I'm sure there are other ways to mix it, but once I got it "good enough" I would rather just keep practicing than pretend I'm a movie director. I'm not going to put time-lapse video of clouds rolling behind me! (cough http://youtu.be/FtoSsXaeaWk
Thanks for your feedback, and I welcome your suggestions on getting better legato.