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How to Perform on Open Classical Events

Open Classical has several different types of events. Some are paid opportunities and some are done without payment. Our Classical Open Mic events are community events great for networking and sharing music for both professionals and amateurs. These events are without pay, except for the staff accompanists, who are tasked with sightreading anything placed in front of them. Our Artist Series chamber music concerts are professional paid concerts which are normally based on our Name-Your-Own-Price ticket system. We also have ocassional stage shows and concerts of the New Canon Orchestra, which are also paid. Because our open mic events help us raise money to fund our other programs, anyone who performs on Classical Open Mic is considered first for our other paid opportunities. The best way to be considered for Artist Series concerts is to perform at Open Mic, either in person (when we can do that again) or online.

How to perform on Classical Open Mic Online Edition

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 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. See how to create split-screen videos below on our YouTube tutorial series. We do have a small budget to be able to pay an accompanist for performers. To be considered for this either as someone who needs an accompanist or someone who want to accompany others, please send a video recording to [ESCRAMBLEopenclassicalinfo[AT]gmail.comENDSCRAMBLE].
  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 tutorials below, create your video and send it in!

    Option 2: You are at a professional level and want to be paired with other musicians, or you need an extra player. Send an email request to [ESCRAMBLEopenclassicalinfo[AT]gmail.comENDSCRAMBLE] and we will help make it happen!

Split Screen Tutorial 1 - How to make a guide track

Split Screen Tutorial 1 - How to make a guide track

Split Screen Tutorial 1 - How to make a guide track

Split Screen Tutorial 2 - Use any audio as the basis for your guide track

Split Screen Tutorial 2 - Use any audio as the basis for your guide track

Split Screen Tutorial 2 - Use any audio as the basis for your guide track

Split Screen Tutorial 3 - In depth step by step using BandLab to create and edit a guide track using a recording you like.

Split Screen Tutorial 3 - In depth step by step using BandLab to create and edit a guide track using a recording you like.

Split Screen Tutorial 3 - In depth step by step using BandLab to create and edit a guide track using a recording you like.

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. You can do it using only free programs online as described in the tutorial videos.
  2. All performers create their performance to the guide track. Sometimes, a soloist might create a guide track "scratch" performance for a pianist, 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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