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Posted: December 31, 1969


Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 26, 2012
You know I'm not shy with cameras, so I love it if a student tapes a lesson. The more a student does to remember what was covered in a lesson, the more material and concepts we'll be able to hit the next lesson.  I actually, back in the day, had a video camera that shot straight to a VHS tape set up in my studio. I required my students to bring a tape and review the lesson at home. The truth is that only a few did, but the ones who did benefitted enormously, and would be so mad at themselves if they forgot their tapes.

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: January 26, 2012
Hi Jack, I regularly audio-tape my lessons, and my teacher is very supportive. More often than not it is him who remembers to start a new track on the recorder when we switch to a new topic in the lesson.

Usually, I practice at least once without listening to the audio. I try to remember as much as I can about the lesson. Then I listen to the audio one topic at a time, normally just once, sometimes more often. There is always something that I have forgotten or that I do not remember correctly. Often I hear things about my own playing that my teacher commented on but that I was not really hearing in the lesson.

It is also interesting to have my teacher's playing on record, when he does a demo. It is good to have several chances to understand what he is getting at.

So I find it is extremely useful.

Posted: January 26, 2012
Hi Jack - no, I've never thought to video lessons - although I regularly film and review practice sessions which I find very useful.  I don't take many extra notes in lessons, except marking the music, but I might make a couple of notes afterwards to jog my memory when it comes to practicing.  Most often I'll write a word or two about some aspect of technique then come to VL and look up Beth's videos!

I'd be interested to hear how teachers would feel about being recorded?