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21 February 2007 @ 10:38 pm
This will either be a huge success, or a massive failure.  
OK, so my online ventures have expanded to include MySpace and YouTube.  Both have gotten some attention, both have had people asking me who I am.  And I've designed my spaces on both in such a way that it's not really appropriate for me to answer.  My MySpace is for a cappella coaching, my YouTube is for a cappella videos.  My LiveJournal is for me.

So here's the deal.  I'm taking the basic idea from one of the latest Meme's, tearing away parts of it, and expanding on other parts.

"Interview me!"

This journal entry is all about me (as opposed to the rest of this LJ.  Well, ok, but this is a more compressed format).  If all goes according to plan, it'll be an evolving interview.  Feel free to use the comments on this entry to ask me anything you want to - much of the answers are likely to be found elsewhere in the LJ, but there's a few years' of entries to dig through, and I don't expect anybody to care about me that much.  I'm going to link to this entry from both MySpace and YouTube, so anybody from any source has the opportunity to find out who I am, and possibly glean from that why I do what I do.  It's like an interactive FAQ. 

For my part, I'll try to be as honest as I can in answering your questions, while respecting the privacy of anybody else involved, and the sensitivities of those who I know read this journal.  For yours, feel free to post from your LJ account - or not.  Feel free to sign your entry - or not.  Anonymity is fine by me.  I'm going under the assumption that most of the people who already read this journal will probably not have much to ask, and those who ask stuff are probably people I don't know.  If I'm wrong about that, however, feel free.  I didn't specify what kinds of questions you can ask.  Whatever you want to know.  Open forum.

Idtechnomonkey on November 27th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
We've done three kinds of coaching sessions.

1: General concepts, one group. We do a workshop with a single group, using one or two songs as springboards to go over concepts and exercises that can be applied to the group's entire repetoire.

2: General concepts, multiple groups. Similar to 1, except we get to poll the other groups for opinions - it works very well and seems to build a great sense of camaraderie between the groups. Several members of different groups are good friends a year after we did this the first time.

3: Single group, specific songs. This is more rare for us, since we prefer to improve a group's level rather than improve a group's set. But if we're a week or two from an ICCA competition, it's worth making those twelve minutes as good as they can be, and figure out how to generalize the stuff later. =)