So for the last two months, I’ve been living on Instagram, and now I’ve set out to explore the world of Periscope.
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Periscope is a live video stream application by Twitter, and is the equivalent of having a live TV station in your pocket. I’ve spent the last month reading and talking to people about it, and I’m finally ready to dive in.
Starting this week, I’m going to begin a weekly series of video lessons. The first few will be centered on marching percussion to continue with the DCI and WGI blogpost theme. It’s also the community I’ve been engaging with the most on IG the past few weeks, and after watching some Periscopes of others interestd in DCI and WGI, I think I can offer a lot of value to others by sharing my experiences, thoughts, and stories. Everyday I learn more and get new ideas on how we can help each other uplift and elevate the percussion community.
From there, I have several concert percussion Periscope lessons slated to address questions that have been trickling in since I posted a few 2016 California All-State Audition Videos on YouTube. I really believe that being a well-rounded percussionist has a tremendous effect on your musicianship. If you want be a better snare drummer, play marimba. If you want to be a better marimbist, play timpani and drum set – it all feeds into the well of music experience you draw from when playing.
And in only three Scope sessions, the conversations I’ve had this week have been incredible! Meeting people from all over the world – Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, Singapore, and all over the United States. I’m getting pumped just writing about it, and I’m really thankful for all the meaningful dialogue I’ve shared this week.
This is all to say that I’ll be documenting my Periscopes and letting you know how they go as I experiment and learn more about it. I’ve started a Periscope page where I’ll upload the ones that I want to live on beyond their designated 24hr shelf life. For any lessons I give, I’ll use the format hueiyuanpan.com/periscope/lesson#.
I’ll end today’s post by sharing my first video lesson on Periscope, where I talk about using a framework like 4-2-1 to organize and create a systematic process to practice. I was blown away by how powerful the real time interaction was, and can already see how taking and answering questions in a feed is going to be a tremendous platform to engage with other musicians. If you’d like to see the full video lesson as well as some show notes, click below. Also, there’s a free PDF handout at the end to illustrate some concepts from the lesson for all the visual learners out there.
As always, thanks for reading, and look forward to connecting with you soon.