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Originally Posted by jazzwee
I encourage everyone to try broadcasting like this
Maybe i'll do a bit of streaming of my piano rehearsal, the way I practise next time but i don't see what anyone would benefit from it...? Get for an early wake up alarm :-)

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Don't worry about whether people will enjoy it or not. People like something happening that's human. Besides, if few people watch then you have nothing to worry about. Less red dot concerns.

Some pianists might watch and give you tips.

Randomly you might get a lot of viewers. Sometimes there are few viewers. I don't worry about it. I've had some with 300 viewers and some with 2.

There's some really stupid broadcasts so someone playing piano is definitely more interesting than 50% of what I see.


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Jazzwee - were you using your iPhone 6? The audio quality was quite good and the video was better than expected.


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I looked the app up last night and downloaded it. It's pretty neat... Not sure I have anything worthy of playing yet... My username is MixyChan.


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Came out very nice last night. I like the concept of making friends without leaving your living room.
Tape the phone to your forehead next time !

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I was reading your comments while I was playing which was probably not good for the music! LOL.

I bought a stand to hold the phone while streaming and just my luck, among other things, it broke. So fortunately it held up long enough for the broadcast. I probably need some wide angle lens to show more of the room. I had to keep it close so I can read the comments and control it.

It made the gig more fun when you guys are on there.

In my experience, people are looking more for a "reality show" on the broadcasts. If you're there to show perfection than you should do it on TV or Youtube. People enjoy real life foibles and the fact that nothing can be edited here. Your broadcasts are seen briefly and then it's gone forever.

Among the more expert players, it's interesting to see how people practice. And in the end, it's really about making friends and sharing something in common. Most people who play piano on there play badly (including me). Hard to really play well while you're talking to people at the same time.

I'll be excited to watch all your broadcasts!

Amanda, I'm following you now. Follow me so you get notifications when I'm on. Usually late pacific time.





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Have you thought about using twitch.tv? There are quite a few musicians who use that streaming platform (for example here). And the fun part is interacting with your audience.

Make sure your stream appears in the section Music so people can find you.

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Veelo, I already do two streaming apps (Meerkat and Periscope). Hard to keep up and I hardly do Meerkat. And based on popularity, it appears that Periscope (owned by Twitter) is getting the mass.

There's other broadcast apps like Blab etc. that I've seen others use. But at some point, one just has to make a choice.

BTW I got introduced to this because my sax player broadcast one of our gigs once and then I copied him.


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I'm not familiar with the mobile apps, but I don't think any of them remotely compare to twitch, although twitch is primary for streaming computer gaming. A lot of twitch streamers attract thousands of viewers, sometimes the most popular ones will have 10,000 people watching them every time they stream, and easily make enough money to live off just from streaming.

If you wanted to turn it into something big, I'd think twitch would be the most probable way of doing that. At any given time they have an audience of around 200,000 people. How many of them are interested in jazz piano I don't know but there's definitely an audience there.

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Yeah the concept of a mobile app is different though because you are broadcasting everywhere. I'm broadcasting with just my iphone in the middle of the ocean, at a gig, at home on a piano, or at a restaurant. Periscope just started in April or May so it's brand new and there's ONLY 5 Million or so users. But it's growing really fast. It's really more about being social I think.

I'm certainly not into monetizing any of this.


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COmputer wouldn't have helped Me as my husband was watching Netflix. I did however go back and re watch though, sounded lovely. My connection is horrible though... And that's the phone though... Piece of garbage it is.

Only 930 pm my time when you started. What time was it for you?

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Gosh, I forgot when I started. Was it around 7:30? I'm on Pacific Time (California). Anyway, I figured out how to share the link here if there's anything special going on.


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Saw your broadcast Johann! I didn't see it yesterday but noticed it today. I guess I have so many notifications it's buried in there so deep.

In any case, your playing sounded really good on the phone! Just keep doing it. You looked nervous on your first scope smile as we all are. But that was great to watch.


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Hey Jw, did u happen to catch mine as well? I had one viewer! Ha-ha, our friend Bill was there.

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Originally Posted by knotty
our friend Bill was there.


I was in awe of how good you and your combo sounded.


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Super broadcast Knotty! Loved that swinging sound. And the piano sounded so good on the phone.

BTW - If I didn't look here I would have missed that. Maybe we should announce broadcasts here.

You need to get a stand to hold the phone. I got one on Amazon but I don't recommend the one I got. It broke already.

I see BillM has a broadcast too so I'm about to watch that.


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Beautiful performance BillM! Too bad I wasn't able to attend to it live. This is a great platform for you because your style of singing and music should be popular with many. And done so well.

Also a tip to all, you can share the periscope link here so others not on the app can see it (at least for 24 hours). A live version of the Piano Bar.

I'm pounding out the hearts for both of you. You can give up to 500 hearts per listen.

Just an FYI - the hearts give you visibility. So give them out and take them. When you start to build followers, lots of people will get notifications and then you rise up in the main list. I also wouldn't advise turning on the GPS unless you're at a gig or you might get stalked!

I'm loving the interaction here. It's a little bit different than the piano bar.

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Thanks Bill and jazzwee. I'm glad you enjoyed. We tried scoping the gig tonight but from the hotel, the connection was too weak and cut off after just 30 secs. That's too bad cuz that gig felt good.

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It cut off right at your solo. LOL. Bad timing.


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periscope stream

I had a few drinks and I still broadcasted on periscope. At least we give this a try as a share. Valid for a day.


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