What I learned from YouTube Tutorials: From Method to Ethics

Lately I have been refreshing my chops on  all the sound programs I have on YouTube.  It is a great source to look up opinions on programs from other users, learn new tips on the programs one uses, and connect with other users about products such as Logic, Pro Tools, and Abelton.

One thing I have found on my tutorial binges is many who do release “how to” videos show themselves as they are sharing information about one of these sound products.  Which, in a way, is great. You feel like you are interacting with your teacher of sorts. And in a world full of editors, musicians, and visual artists we strive for unity when learning.

One thing thing I have noticed with some YouTube tutorials is the host’s lack of focus to details. I am not saying that some people do not know what they are doing; there is a reason why my favorite YouTube tutorial host, Mitch Pigsley has a huge following with each tutorial broken down into parts and sub-parts, but here are the top five things that I feel are problematic when people hosts videos:

1. Doing recreational activities while giving tutorial: I feel that what you do on your free time should not be displayed while having one’s  video streamed to the public as a learning device. You are distracting others from your skills and making your recreational habit more of a viewpoint.

2. Changing subjects too fast: One can only keep up for as fast as possible. If you want to teach someone something, slow it down! Too much rewinding makes one lose interest.

3. Not having the work up on screen while you work on it: Easy. If I can’t see it, how am I going to learn anything? *clicks to next video*

4.Intro music is mixed unprofessionally : If you want to have introductory music, go for it.  But one thing is for certain: edit before you post.  If your introductory music is mixed poorly, some people might look for another tutorial, and/or post negative reviews about your page.  Always be safe than sorry.

5. Being vague: This is a normal issue, because not everyone realizes how important it is to articulate what they are saying and broadening it out for others to understand,  but if you want your tutorial to teach people how to do what you teach, you need to explain as much as possible.

I recommend watching people like Mitch for the sheer quality of his detailed analysis on Logic Pro, and his way of knowing how to break things down so that the viewer can follow what he is doing. Always have a go to person when it comes to tutorials. It is like having a mentor, in which you need to trust them, know how they work and most importantly, how it can help you!

Keep on watching and listening!