Down below you can read some of the most common answers to questions we've received so far, for detailed instructions and tutorial videos, however, please head over to our guidelines and recommendations page.

 

What intonation should I use?

We all tune our guitars to 440 Hz (A).

 

How many people will be accepted for the orchestra parts?

A total of 167 submissions will be accepted (34 Torres, 34 Santos Hernandez, 33 Hauser, 33 Fleta and 33 Romanillos). Beside the orchestra players, we will feature 10 famous fingerstyle players, 20 classical guitar virtuosos, a bass player and a drummer.

 

What resolution do I need to shoot in?

This is completely up to - we will be happy with anything from 720p to 4K. However, please make sure to record your video in 24 or 23.98 frames per second so we can all stay in sync. Here's how to change this on a few different devices.

 

Can I edit my performance?

Yes, editing your audio is allowed, however we would like to receive a video of one angle only. You may even record audio first and video later while listening back to your edited audio performance.

Just remember to wear headphones while recording audio so the clicktrack is not audible in your final video.

 

Do I need to sync audio from the audio portable recorder and video from my smartphone?

Yes. Your submission will be a single YouTube upload, so please sync the audio and video before exporting. In most video editing applications this is a one-click automated process. Just remember to turn off the scratch audio track from your camera/smartphone.

We have a few tutorials on how to do this on a smartphone, please head over to our guidelines and recommendations page.

 

What is a click track?

In simple terms, click track is an audio recording with tempo clicks, timed to the exact piece length plus two count-in bars at the beginning. We have two versions available in the download package - with and without MIDI. You will be listening to the click track on headphones while recording so we can all stay in sync.

 

Please can you make recommendations for the video angle, lighting etc.?

Sure! If possible please submit a video that clearly shows your face and the instrument, especially the fretboard, shot from the front or from a slight angle. Eye level shots work much better than low camera angle.

We recommend recording video while there is plenty of natural light to avoid noise in the image. The important thing is not to have window light directly behind you, you will achieve much better results with the window directly in front of you or at a max. 45 degree angle, lighting the side of your face.

Use anything you like for your background, this piece is full of character so you can go crazy!