I made this video as an attempt at instructional videos.  I would appreciate some feedback on the content and style.  You don't have to watch all the way to the end.  The tabs at the beginning are just a test.  I am not sure I will keep the idea.  Would you be able to learn the song from this format?  Thanks for your input.

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Having the tab over the video, it seemed like it went by too quickly to be of much real use - is there some way you could make it available for people to download and print out, so that they could work through it at their own speed and learn the fingering before they try to play it up to speed?  If I was a beginning lead player, the tab would be of some value, but only if I could spend time with it.  And I guess I would say that for the later parts of the song where there isn't any tab, it was pretty confusing to follow.

Going through the whole song and then just playing on the lead breaks seemed kinda wasteful; what would probably be more useful would be to start the video with a play-through of that intro up to speed (put it at the start of the video so that the learner can just go back to the start of the video repeatedly to practice it) and then, instead of playing the rest of the song, stop the playback and go through, note by note, explaining what you're doing, why you play this note on the third string, this one on the fourth... why you use the index finger for this note, stuff like that.  So then the learning process would be: hear the lead played up to speed; go through a slow explanation (while being able to look at the printed tab), then go back to the start as many times as you need to until you can play it at tempo.

It did strike me that this is not a particularly difficult lead part, the player doesn't do anything tricky, so by watching this video, I would be learning this particular lead part (I didn't feel like I had learned "the song," just the riff at the start), I wouldn't really be learning any new tricks or techniques.  And since our worship band doesn't try at all to play the songs "like the CD," I don't think something like this would be a whole lot of use to us.

Something that might make the video more useful would be if there was one camera close up on the fingering hand and one camera close up on the picking hand... seeing the player's face and the equipment in the background doesn't add much to the learning experience.  I know you can "pause" a youtube video, is there any way to set markers in it so that the learner could jump to, say, the start of the explanation, or maybe an instrumental version of that intro part without the lead instrument that they could play with?  I'm not sure there's anything here you could really "test" to give the student some feedback on whether they're getting it right or not, but that is an important part of learning (even though we all hate to take tests).

Anyway, (a) don't play the whole song, just play the intro with the lead; (b) figure out a way for the student to print out the tab so they can study it at their own pace; (c) do a slow-paced explanation of how & why the lead is played the way it is, (d) put the up-to-speed playthrough of the intro at the start so it's easy to play over and over; (e) really focus the video in on the thing the student is trying to learn, which is how to finger and pick the lead part; (f) think about whether there is a way to use this video to teach something about how to play a lead riff, not just the lead riff for this particular song.

By the way, I have taken several classes in online instructional design, and there is a whole boatload of theory on how it's done.  Don't mean to be all harsh or anything, just trying to point out some of what I'm seeing here based on some of that study...

Not a bad start and, frankly, better than many of the videos out there but I think there are some areas it could be improved. Not least, I think it needs a frame. If you plan on just presenting the video on YouTube, you need to talk to the camera and explain what you are doing. Better yet, publish it on a web page where people can read your reason for picking the song and perhaps get all the tab in one place rather than having to read it all the way through.

I also agree that it seems odd to only play the lead breaks. The viewer is sitting watching you waiting for the next one for a long time! I didn't follow through in detail but it looked like something where you could have demonstrated two or three riffs slowly and then demonstrated how they fit in the context of the music (incidentally, this probably also sits better with copyright restrictions than providing a video that accompanies the whole song - just show the bits you have something to teach on).

Oh, and smile for the camera a bit more. It wouldn't hurt to not stare at your left hand all the time and, thanks to the magic of video, you can retake a section if that makes you fluff a few notes.

A good start though - better than anything I can demonstrate so take my comments with a pinch of salt.

Thanks for the input.  I was going to go the route of just demonstrating the one or two ideas that I was intending to present.  I instead went for the play through the song idea.  I have done it the former way before and based on feedback will probably go back to that.  The weird tabs and note flubs are still in there because I didn't want to spend time polishing something that I wasn't going to ultimately use.

It is understandable that some teams do not play like the CD but as that is a moving target the only thing to demonstrate would be the cd.  I would be open to questions in the comments for other avenues.

Again thanks for the feedback.  It was very helpful.  I will post an updated version of this song so you guys can see the changes based on your comments.


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