Video Series: Alfred Pieces Visualization

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Hey all! Today I tried something different. Some beginners are usually curious about what books they should get and what kind of pieces they can learn. Since I’ve been following Alfred’s Premier Piano Course books, I think it will be interesting to keep a record of those pieces and also make Synthesia style videos with them. This way anyone can see what these books can teach you, and I’ll be learning how to make cool particle visualizations simultaneously.

The Format

The idea at the moment is for these videos to have 2 parts: Performance and Tutorial. The performance part will be visually more appealing, and it will be there just for enjoying and getting to know the piece/exercise. The tutorial part comes after, without so many visual effects and including note labels and hand differentiation. Depending on the piece, this part may be slower than the first too 馃檪 As for the particles, I want to keep changing the way I generate them and how they look. Hopefully I can also pick up some nice techniques for improving my render times. For this series, I will cover mainly pieces from Alfred’s level 1B and level 2A, since that is what I have been working on in my classes. These might seem very simple exercises at first glance, but they are meant to be used as practice for reading and each piece aims to make you familiar with a specific hand position, scale or musical relationship. I recommend it to any beginner 馃檪

The Playlist

Here’s the playlist for these videos 馃檪 enjoy and feel free to leave any feedback!

The Technical Part

Oh boy, it wasn’t easy! The recording itself was doable. Set up tripod, figure out the best angle, connect the MIDI output of the piano to the laptop, record etc.
But when it came to the editing, oh boy, what a mess haha I really have to thank Astep and MusiMasta. I wouldn’t be able to do this it wasn’t for their tutorials. Even with those, the amount of聽 “why is this not working?” moments you have when first dealing with a tool like After Effects is a real test to your patience 馃槅聽if you want to learn the main steps on how to make the particle effects, I have a post on that.

The total rendering time was about 200h (ouch), but I’m confident I can bring that down. From this first experience, I already gathered a list of about 20 points of improvement, so there’s lots to be done 馃槂 at least that’s the plan, I didn’t implement all of these ideas in the first try already.

Closing Thoughts

Overall I think this is a fun series to have alongside the progress videos. I do need to make one of those again. I am giving them a break until I have something worth showing, which has not been happening lately since I haven’t been playing consistently. I’ll work on that this month!!
See you next time and keep practicing! 馃幍

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    1. lifetap

      Thank you 馃檪

    1. lifetap

      Thank you! 馃檪

  1. Jamesthumn

    I love the knowledge on your website. Thanks a bunch!

    1. lifetap

      You’re welcome Jamesthumn! I have some cool posts planned for the future 馃槑

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