my 2 cents. I wanna see clips of people playing…especially the closeups of the picking hand. In a larger sense, that is sort of Troys whole trademark thing. In my mind it would follow that this forum would be chocked full of clips of members playing
Pretty much the whole reason why I joined this forum was to get help figuring out the whole camera thing lol. I deffo wanna get into the mix of posting clips and getting feedback.
Even if someone posted for no other reason than to “show off”…whats the harm? Anyone ever heard of VH1? A whole album of showing off lol. If there is a 21 yr old Eddie or Yngwie out there and they join this forum…I wanna see dozens of their clips.
The whole “spamming to promote someones own business” or whatever. yeah I understand the concern…but wont it be obvious when it happens?? Some guy joins and his first post is some pro clip with pro lighting and he is linking to his page of available courses. Yeah, but wont that be pretty obvious?
Id like to see a section strictly for people showing their skills and obviously it will flow from there if people like the clip and ask them about the techniques etc. One way to do this would be to have a “players diary” section where a guy can post 19 million clips if he wants to. its his diary and he can spam himself to death if he wants. If Yngwie comes here and starts a diary ill watch every clip. If Joe beginner starts a diary, more power to him…he can post a million clips of whatever and it wont really clog the section up because its just his own diary post. Its not a separate post for every clip.
Some feedback from a singing forum I used to be on. (notice I say “used to be.”) I joined the forum when I started studying singing. I had high hopes. Aww man I was really gonna learn from the pros etc etc. Well I did learn quickly and lo and behold I got to be a pretty good singer. (yes, its subjective lol)
Well the way that particular forum was setup, one had to actually PAY for a “critique.” Well it was no problem for me because I went ahead and paid for a lifetime membership. Long story short, it got to be a real drag because no one was really posting any singing clips lol. So it got to be just a lot of talking. All the regulars…yada yada yada. Long intense arguments around terminology. Everyone TALKED a good game but could they sing to back up the talk?? Some of them I never heard sing at all lol. So how was I supposed to know who’s advice was backed up by reality??
That forum had a lot of good singers sort of pass thru and keep going. The setup killed it and IMO its dead as can be now. We would have a conversation going and it would have been natural to go “hold on, lemme post a clip of what I mean”…but the forum setup sort of prevented it.
Another thing that killed it and other singing forums as well, was that the forums tend to be FIERCELY protective. No discussion of any other singing programs allowed. Kind of sucks because most of us dipped our toes in numerous programs. Nope, you’re on my forum so you gotta use my terminology and u cant mention other programs. lol. Yeah, real healthy in the long run
I think its a bit artificial to sort of try to force most clips into “technique critique”. Sometimes a guy might wanna post because he feels he has sort of newly mastered a technique and maybe he wants to help others etc. If people are gonna spam, they will spam anyway like “gee guys im worried if my technique is right” and then dude blasts off some long pro line of sequenced arpeggios lol.
Im the new guy here but my ideal forum/community situation would be somewhere cool to hang out and have cool discussions and lots of back and forth and sharing of our talents and helping others etc. If u get a strong group of players who encourage and push each other and share their techniques etc, its going to pull the whole group up.
What better advertisement for Troys products than to be able to say 'We have the coolest AND strongest forum online" lol
Just some thoughts off the top of my head