but no, I’m not going to repent!
It has taken 6 years to get this far, but we are about to make the final video in the series Sheila Joynes Teaches Music Theory.
We started in the summer of 2006 in the station of the West Somerset railway with the very first shot we ever took being an explanation of the two dots in a repeat sign being like the buffers on a train, followed by me nearly being run over by a steam train as I explained crotchets and quavers. The rest of the video was shot in the kitchen in my Pershore house, using a backdrop of curtains placed behind me by a television green-screen technique – the curtains were actually in Imperial College London!
It was terrifying for me at first being in front of the camera – I don’t think I even said “Hello” in that first video – but as the years have gone on, I have become much more relaxed and able to be my silly self and have earned myself the nickname “One-Take Joynes” from my Director, Producer, Editor and partner, Stephen.
Moving to a larger house in Worcester changed the style of the videos completely and then came wide screen and high definition for Level 4 and 5, allowing us to use the other camera overhead for shots of what I was writing.
Level 5 Module 4 will be shot next weekend, all being well. All we have to do then is a generic one about instruments and the task will be complete.
Will we stop there? Yes and No!
Yes, we will stop at Grade 5 – I don’t think it’s possible to teach harmony etc by internet. You need a teacher guiding as you write.
No – we need to go back and start again at Grade 1 re-making the videos in High Definition to future-proof them.
So the end – but not quite the finish!