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3 Levels of Live Streaming Piano

The COVID-19 quarantine has left me at home with more time on my hands, which has led me to try out some piano live streaming. I am by no means a professional streamer, and the upcoming jumble of words are a result of my personal experiences and my expeditions into the Google abyss. And now, here are three levels of setup for anyone who might be interested in live streaming piano!...

January 26, 2021 · 8 min

How to Simulstream to Facebook/Youtube/Zoom

The purpose of this guide is to show you how to simultaneously stream to Facebook, Youtube, and Zoom (call/webinar), all from the convenience of OBS. 1. Install and setup OBS OBS is an open-source broadcasting software that you can download here! Once you’ve downloaded and installed the application, open it up, and you should be welcomed by the following screen: OBS is a program that lets you create scenes and push those scenes out to a streaming video platform....

August 30, 2020 · 8 min

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Thanks to a friend’s suggestion, I arranged and uploaded an overly flourished cover of a familiar nursery rhyme tune. It was a fun challenge, and I’m hoping that this sparks a series of covers that will continue until who knows when. Along with each cover, I plan to write out a companion post on this blog to share my creative process, so here’s my first one! I started out this cover as I normally do when trying to figure out an arrangement: by just noodling around on the keys....

February 15, 2019 · 2 min
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How to Record a Top-Down Piano Video Angle

I’ve always found the top-down angle of the piano keyboard to be a very clean look. It shows exactly where the fingers are landing, and provides a good perspective of how the hand is moving across the keys. I recently uploaded a YouTube piano recording of “A Mother’s Prayer” by the Gettys using this angle. Some people asked how I achieved this view of my piano keys, so I’m writing this to share the setup that I used....

September 21, 2018 · 3 min