The Big, Fat List of Recording Notes


  • Video, not just audio!

  • You must sing (and for those on insts, play) WITH THE RECORDINGS, or you’ll be out of sync. But wear headphones (or for style points, an ear bud w/wire hidden) so your video recording doesn’t include the learning recording.

  • Minimize background noise eg use a laptop that is cool enough not to be blasting the fan, ask your siblings to shush, make sure the laundry isn't running.

  • If you record using Zoom, be sure to “Turn Original Sound ON,” or you’ll get dropouts. If recording on a phone, be careful not to cover the mic with your thumb!

  • Keep your camera fixed in one place, and definitely don’t zoom in or out!

  • Leave room around your head (and body for insts) so I can properly crop.

  • If you’re a singer, please film in landscape (horizontal).

  • If you’re an instrumentalist, please film such that we can see your hands and, if practical to do so, in portrait (vertical).

  • Try to video at face-level, rather than with a camera far lower than your face (a little higher or lower is fine).

  • Well-lit and, if you’re in A or B Musicum or are in my SFBC Intermediate group, in front of a solid white wall or sheet.

  •  All recordings (and copies of the music, if you'd like) are at Your kids know the password. :-) 

  • Leave me a couple of seconds lead time at the beginning and end so I can fade you in/out of the video.

  • Singing with mouth OPEN.

  • If attaching video is hard, put it in Google Drive (or the like) and send me a link.

  • When recording, keep your eyes up as much as possible. 👀 Glance down, if need be, but singers shouldn't be looking down or sideways, and instrumentalists look even more awesome if it's not obvious you're on-book. If you are using a scrolling or conducting video, place the screen fairly high and, if recording from not-that-screen, video from just above it so that we don't see the screen. Absolutely no screens reflecting in glasses!!!

  • Practice with the learning recording several times until you feel confident; it will be much faster in the long run and higher quality than if you try to video too early! You don't want to sound like someone who is just 'singing along.'

  • Lastly, LISTEN TO YOUR RECORDING before you send it. If you think you can improve on it -- do! :-) Remember: we're not just making videos; we're making stronger musicians.

Thank you, everyone! I know this is more effort than simply singing together. That said, I’m excited that, despite the circumstances, we’ll find a way to share your talents with the world and with each other!

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