Hi folks, I was wondering how violinists feel about instructional dvds.
i'm a fulltime jazz guitarist (there's more info about me in the "teacher woes" subject) and know for a fact that there's a pretty good market for instructional guitar dvds, but i'm wondering how people feel about violin DVDs.
Now, even though there's a market for guitar dvds (or back in the old days VHS), a lot of it is junk and very superficial.
I ask this because I've recently started my own instructional video company and have released 5 jazz guitar dvds that are really succesfull and that have allowed me to live off royalties for quite some time.
I've decided to expand this business to include other artists and also other instruments.
btw, i don't want to turn this thread into any kind of advertising thread so i will not include the name of my company nor of the artists, unless asked. The purpose of this discussion is to gather information.
as far as my business goes, the goal is to make extremely high quality instructional dvds unlike most in the market. I'm a fulltime musician who taught and gave masterclasses in canada, USA, europe, and pedagogy is something that was always important to me, i've studied with numerous teachers so i've been exposed to various methods of teaching; the good and the bad all helped me decide how i wanted to teach.
the concept behind my videos is to show as much material as possible and to provide extremely clear examples of how the material is to be worked on and applied.
with that said, since violin is a childhood passion of mine, i've been looking into producing unique instructional violin videos.
I did some extensive research. There are no Gypsy violin or good jazz violin dvds out there..
i've watched a few jazz violin tapes (names witheld) and the material isn't bad but it's quite superficial, and doesn't talk about some of the fundamental techniques in jazz violin (jazz bowing, left hand technique, vocabulary)
I don't know what the market is like, but I approached two worldclass musicians in their respective fields, a Roumanian gypsy violinist and a jazz violinist in the style of stephane grappelli.
we shot the videos over the summer and i am currently in the process of editing them.
I'm curious: how interested are violinists about gypsy violin and jazz violin..
here are some of the topics we cover in the gypsy violin:
-gypsy interpretation, use of vibrato, appogiaturas (bulgarian, roumanian, serbian, etc..) gypsy bowing technique, gypsy effects , improvisation, demonstration of gypsy music
and on the jazz violin dvd:
-jazz violin bowing (chain bowing, syncopation/accents), grappelli style bowing, vibrato, left hand technique (phrasing, harmonics), note choice, rhythm, improvistation, etc...
i am really happy with how the videos turn out and will post a lot of clips on youtube eventually... these videos are also extremely long, the jazz violin dvd is in two volumes, the first volume is 3 hours in length.
are you guys interested in this kind of stuff?
and if so, what other things would you be interested in.
I'm hoping that these dvds are going to be a success. Of course, this is how I make most of my living , but I also really do it to make the learning of music easier.
My dream violin project is to invite various top classical violinist and have them talk about various subjects: ie have vengerov, hahn, perlman, etc... talk about vibrato, and how they achieved it, right down to the technical details... have them talk about how to interpret music, etc... and then have them all perhaps play the same piece, to see how each of them interpret the piece and why they chose to do it that way, etc... with various camera closeups...
such a project would probably require a heavy budget, but if my business works really well especially in the violin department, i will really think about doing such a monumental project!
again sorry if anyone feels this is a shameless plug or anything.. but i kept my end of the bargain, i did not post any links of any sort!
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