Southwest Regional VGO

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1. Practice Your Part With The App

2. Set Up Everything For Recording

Audio Matters

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The submission should feature cleargood quality stereo sound. Use whatever equipment you have available, but be aware of its limitations and make the most of it.

If you own a portable recorder (eg Zoom H1n) or a 2-mic home recording setup, use it. Audio editing is allowed.

Do not record sound with your smartphone from far away – submissions with significant noise issues can not be accepted.

For tutorials on several recording scenarios, please refer to our Guidelines & Recommendations page.

Tune Your Guitar

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Please tune your guitar to A=440Hz before every single take!

Landscape Mode

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Make sure your smartphone is placed horizontally when recording video.

Frame the Video

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Video should clearly show your face (no cropping of the top of the head), hands and the instrument.

Position yourself exactly in the center of the frame.

Use an eye level shot rather than low camera angle.

The video needs to be one shot – one take only. No moving of the camera please.

Use Headphones

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Wear headphones while recording so the clicks are not audible on your video.

Light Your Video Right

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Shoot video while there is plenty of natural light and don’t use window as a backlight, position yourself so that the window is in front of you or at a max. 45 degree angle. Watch this 1-minute long video:

Have a Camera? Use it!

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Do you have a mirrorless or DSLR camera at home? Use it! Set it to Full HD resolution (1920×1080), 29.97 or 30 frames per second and the shutter speed of 1/60 second.

Relax and Smile

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Try to relax and enjoy the music while playing. Imagine you are playing for your friends. We would love to see as many smiling faces as possible to create an awesome virtual orchestra video!

3. Record Your Main Video With This Guide

4. Make a Second Video in Any Style

Get Creative and Get Featured

What makes you you? Record a short creative video that best represents you. Your friends and family can join in, too.

Here are a few suggestions:

Video of you drawing
Presenting your hobby
Singing
Talking to the camera: What does music mean to you?

5. Upload Your Videos

Upload your submission video using the button below. Thank you!

IMPORTANT: Make sure your full name and your guitar part are in your file names.

IMPORTANT: Keep your video files under 500MB.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to clap when instructed in the guide video.

Have questions? Notify your teacher and we’ll respond asap!