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Classical Open Mic Online Instructions

Classical Open Mic Online presents user submitted videos from home, using social distancing guidelines. Here’s how to participate!

How do you want to participate?

  1. You are a solo artist or everyone in the group is playing together. Solo guitar, solo piano, solo anything. Record yourself using the best practices below and send in your video!
  2. You wish to play a solo with piano.
    Option 1: Find an accompaniment track online and perform to the track. A great source is YouTube (free), piano-accompaniments.com (cheap) plus many other opera karaoke/backing track sites (cheap or free). Record your performance using best practices below and send it in along with the accompaniment track. We will mix your performance together with the accompaniment so it is well balanced and sounds the best it can.

    Option 2: Create a split screen video with a pianist. We can help you do it. This can take a number of steps, depending on how much control you want to have on the performance. Each step can either be hired out or done yourself if you have the software and tools to do it. See how to create split-screen videos below.
  3. You want to do a split-screen chamber music performance.
    Option 1: If you know everyone you want to play with, follow the split-screen guidelines below, create your video and send it in!

    Option 2: You are at professional level and want to be paired with other musicians, or you need an extra player. Let us know and we will help make it happen!

How to create split screen videos

  1. Create a tempo map guide track that all players will follow. This contains a click track and a backing track reference to the music so players can stay in tune and make sure they are in the right place in the music. The best program for creating tempo maps is Notion by Presonus. You can also do it using only free programs online. (tutorial coming)
  2. All performers create their performance to the guide track. Sometimes, a soloist might create a guide track "scratch" performance, then the pianist will put their part in, and then the soloist will record their part again, replacing the scratch track.

Best practices on how to video your performance for best audio and video quality.

  1. Microphones that plug into computer or phones are really worth it! Wired or wireless earbuds will give you better quality than just using the mic built into your phone or (worse) computer. Worst mic is normally on the computer, better is on the phone, better yet is a wired earbud mic or wireless earbud mic.
  2. Phone video cameras are generally better than cameras build into your computer. Best is to listen to the guide track on the computer and record video with your phone. You can also set up your phone as a web cam using EpocCam software.

Ready to submit your video?

Clearly identify your performance in the subject of an email and send a link to your video to: [ESCRAMBLEopenclassicalinfo[AT]gmail.comENDSCRAMBLE]

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