In response to student requests, slow-motion lessons have been added to the Qbert Skratch University curriculum.
ArtistWorks, Inc. (AWI) responds to student protests at the Qbert Skratch University and issues a cutting class elective with the addition of “slow motion” lessons for enrolled students from around the hip hop globe.
The enhancement comes in response to QSU students’ requests that Qbert’s lessons be slowed down for maximum, efficient learning of the intricate skill of scratching. ArtistWorks has reviewed the entire curriculum, selecting student-deemed “most essential lessons” and slowed them to half-speed. The three-camera video shoot of Qbert’s lessons includes an overhead cam which offers an ideal angle for the student to view the technique and is featured in the majority of the slow-mo lessons.
“The beauty of Qbert’s skratch technique is the speed and accuracy with which it is executed,” notes David Butler, CEO at ArtistWorks, “this slow-mo enhancement allows students to view the original full-speed version of the lesson, then learn to execute the technique using the slowed-down version. It isn’t easy to enhance the work of a Master such as Qbert, but by slowing down the action in the video, the students receive a more effective online learning experience. We look forward to applying this enhancement to our other ArtistWorks educator sites as well.”
When students log on to their lessons they now see a “Slow!” icon to activate this option beside the original lesson at full speed. The team at ArtistWorks continually strives to meet the needs of the global online student community with curriculum enhancements and program improvements to help them attain their music education goals.
Student response to the slow-mo lessons is positive. DJTim shouts, “Awesome, 10/10, they are so clear!” Student Boo agrees, “I really like the slo mo vidz also!! It’s easier to do the techniques step by step that way!” “The slo mo feature is not only valuable, but a necessity for each student to learn right the first time,” says GoldVoltron.
Qbert’s recent appearance at Yoshi’s SF as part of the new “Audio Alchemy” series was to a sell-out crowd of QSU students and fans alike, further reinforcing his position as top trendsetter in the genre. Qbert is celebrating his 25th Anniversary with ThudRumble this year and participating in some killer upcoming shows including the ULTRA Music Festival in Miami on March 27 and Yuri’s Night Bay Area at the NASA Ames Research Center on April 10 (http://www.ynba.org). Qbert is online at http://www.thudrumble.com. Visit Qbert Skratch University at http://www.qbertskratchuniversity.com.
The ArtistWorks online visual education format allows virtuoso musicians to “Teach the World” by presenting their full method, technique or curriculum in HD video to subscribing students of their sites. Simple webcams are used by the students to submit videos to the Artist through the site, for critique and guidance if they want personalized instruction. The Artists manage the video flow by using the Video Management System created and owned by ArtistWorks, Inc. (patent pending). Regardless of whether or not students participate in exchanging videos with the Artist, these “Video Exchanges” are posted for all subscribing students to learn from. This groundbreaking use of video exchange for the instruction of musical instruments has been implemented at Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute, the Qbert Skratch University, Andreas Oberg Guitar Universe, Peery Piano Online, Tony Trischka School of Banjo and Howard Levy Harmonica School. Learn more at http://www.ArtistWorks.com.
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Posted On: Napa, CA March 22, 2010