How important are the livestreams for you?

Dear tonebuddies,

As you know, the LIVE operation is a big part of the guitar platform. But I wonder: how important are these livestreams to you?

And also, do you tend to watch live or later on replay?

Let us know, so we can keep improving the platform!

Guitaristically yours,

Martin

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    • Ravi
    • Ravi.1
    • 3 mths ago
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    Hi, livestreams are great. They offer direct questions to the artists. I do however tend to watch the replays.

    Thank you

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    • Barney
    • Barney
    • 3 mths ago
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    The livestreams are extremely important, as they provide the opportunity to interact and ask relevant questions to concert artists, as well as receive high level training from some  professionals without having actual physical access.  It's also fun and rewarding to share these experience live with the other community members.

    Whenever possible, I tend to watch live;  otherwise I watch later on replay.

    Please keep inviting artists who can share their experience and  wisdom with us as they guide us in the right direction to grow as technically and musically proficient guitarists.  Thanks!

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    • Russell
    • Russell
    • 3 mths ago
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    For me, they are not. But, that's because of the time difference. They are very good to watch later, and if I could make the times, they would be valuable. 

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  • Hello
    Livestreams are interesting in principle. However, I find the content less useful than it has been in the past (I'm thinking of some very comprehensive livestreams with René Izquierdo, for example).
    I rarely watch live because of the time difference and I always have playback problems when I view afterwards. I've already reported this problem but it went unanswered (the video frequently freezes).
    So often attractive but disappointed in the end...

    Translated with DeepL.com (free version)

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    • GALAIS Olivier It is correct, the video freezes sometimes. 

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    • Tom Taube
    • Tom_Taube
    • 3 mths ago
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    Quality live streams are very important. I have seen a lot of them live and also replays. I just went back yesterday and was rewatching Marco Tomayo shifting exercises from a live stream to help with a technique problem I was experiencing,  they provide a lot of good information.🎶

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  • It is the most valuable asset of the platform to me. I tune in to as many livestreams as I can but will also watch them later if I can't. I like be able to go back and watch other livestreams prior to me joining tonebase. The conversational format is excellent. It's the aspect I use most regularly and keeps me engaged in the platform.

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  • For me the value of the livestream depends on the preparation of the guest artist. Sometimes they are outstanding; other times they seem to be disorganized. 

    The cross-platform livestreams don't appeal to me as much as those with focused guitar content.

    I would like to watch the livestreams as they are broadcast but it generally interrupts my day as most of them are 1:00 pm in my local time. Therefore I check them out as a replay.

    If they go on for more than an hour I will leave and finish via replay because I do not want to sit in front of a screen for that long.

    One thing to be aware of - there are many times when they don't begin to broadcast until almost 10 minutes past the advertised start time. Based on comments I am not the only participant who finds this annoying at best, but mostly unprofessional. 

     

    PS - At some point I would enjoy a session about guitar strings. What difference does the brand, tension, materials make? If you want to mix them, what should you consider?

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  • I really like the live events. Being retired, the timing for me  (2:00 PM) is excellent. 

    I try to watch them live but If I can't I always watch them later.

    I also like being able to watch past events before I joined Tonebase.

    I like very much the technical aspect of some of the live stream but I enjoy even more to learn more about these artist.

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    • Calin Lupa
    • Calin_Lupa
    • 3 mths ago
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    Martin,  live streams are great, I tend to watch replies though due to schedule conflicts.  

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    • Jim King
    • Retired
    • Jim_king
    • 3 mths ago
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    I would have to say that I find that, for the most part, I benefit from the live streams.  I will often find something interesting and useful for my development as a classical guitarist.  So, based on that, they are important to me.

    As for when I view them, I usually try to view them live.  Most of them occur at 2 pm my time which is convenient time for me to watch.  I also enjoy the chat that often occurs with the live stream as it creates community and provides other useful information.  When that is not possible to watch live, I will watch the replay.  Also I like that there is an archive of past live streams when I am interested in a topic that hasn't recently been covered.

    My only annoyance with the live stream is that they are often late in starting.  Not only is it not professional to not start on time, but when I am not getting anything a few minutes after the start time I don't know if the issue is at the presenter's end or at my end.  If it's my end, then I am missing some of the live stream which is annoying and stressful.  Other sites that I use that use video calls do not seem to have this issue.

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  • Live streams are great when I can or remember to join AND if the presenters are 'efficient'. Sometimes they (moderators and representers) just go on and on with niceties/side stories that are of no interest to me. Then, I wish I had watched the replay instead of having an FF button to skip. 

    One request I have a reminder Email of current or immediate past live streams to keep track.

     

    Thanks for asking,

     

    G

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      • David Krupka
      • Amateur guitarist/lutenist
      • David_Krupka
      • 3 mths ago
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      Geoffrey Hui I agree that the livestream discussions tend to wander off-topic. This happens especially when questions from viewers are passed on to the guest. All too often, these questions have little (or indeed nothing) to do with the subject under discussion. In my view, the questions need to be vetted, and only those that are both on topic and likely to be of general interest should be taken up in the discussion. Martin, as the host, is not really in a good position to be doing this - what is needed is a behind-the-scenes moderator to read and pass on what is most relevant. If ToneBase resources preclude this, then I think questions are best left out of the livestreams.

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    • David Krupka I agree. If Martin and the guests were left alone, they tend to go off-topic too often and too long. What Tonebase needs is a producer that keeps things tight and on track!

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    • Geoffrey Hui That's a good idea. I think the moderators do a great job of engaging the participants and keeping things on track, but even Oprah has someone talking in her ear for this very reason, lol. 

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    • John
    • John.10
    • 3 mths ago
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    Livestreams are very important to me. But I’m in Australia and the times generally don’t suit . But I’m happy to watch the relpays.

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    • Immanuel
    • Immanuel
    • 3 mths ago
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    It is the most valuable aspect of being a tonebase member for me. I rarely watch lessons but I watch replays of livestreams all the time. Can't watch them live due to the time they are on. (I am in Australia)

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  • Like many here, I find the livestreams a bit hit-and-miss for me. I am rarely able to watch them live, but even when I can, I find myself wanting to fast forward through parts that ramble or that I find uninteresting, so I will then exit and come back later.

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  • I like the livestreams but I usually cannot watch them live due to my schedule; watch the replays.  Thanks.

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  • I really like the livestreams but almost always watch them later. I rarely have a question that isn't covered plus the 2x setting is great to make sure I catch everything in a shorter amount of time. To me, they seem to stay on track more so than the Zoom sessions which can often get sidetracked so I rarely attend or watch those. 

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  • I find live streams interesting and relevant. I can always glean some new information from them. As stated in other posts, I watch mostly replays which allows me to fast forward through the non-relevant parts and watch at a time convenient to me. One of the most annoying parts of watching zooms is the irrelevant questions asked by viewers. Questions are good and beneficial for sure and provide additional insights to specific problems,  but I feel sometimes the questions need to be vetted in a way to stay relevant to the topic at hand or left to the very end of the stream as a Q&A.  Often times the conversation may be knee deep in technique or process and someone ultimately asks "what kind of strings do you use?" or some other totally  irrelevant question to the topic at hand, this is a total buzz kill in the age of short attention spans,  

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    • don
    • don.2
    • 3 mths ago
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    It was one of the reason I sign up Tonebase for. I love those earlier live streams and masterclasses like those with Rene. They were interactive and I learn so much from them. But I’ve not been able to join much due to the time zone difference. But even so I’ll watch the replay if it is a topic I’m interested with a well prepared guest. 

     

    I tend not to join live streams on topics such how to practice or those cross-platform live streams. 

     

    I hope Tonebase does more interactive live steams for an Asia friendlier timezone.  

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  • I watch them as recordings and enjoy the content. But it’s inconvenient for me to watch them live. And anyway, I’m currently living in the Middle East, so the time zone is an issue. 

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  • I think they are great. But I would like them to be more focus. The discussion between the player and the moderator sometimes go far away from the topic in question. Perhaps it would be more useful if just leave the player to explain everything and not being a dialog between the presenter and the player. 

    However, I enjoy them and every time that I can watch them I do it. Sometimes my schedule does not allow me to do it and I try to play later the video. But it freezes sometimes. 

     

    Thanks for doing this. Javier

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  •  I really don't join in cause I fine they are way above my head.  I am still stuck on transiting from a beginner to next level.  

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