In 2008 I started a free instructional video series on Youtube called Luthier Tips du Jour. This series has become very popular the world over and has grown to be a very inclusive “How to” video library. It continues to grow as I add more videos every few weeks to the already extensive list.
How I began the Luthier Tips du Jour series is an interesting story. I literally had the idea come to me in the shower one morning. Not knowing anything about video editing or even camera work I almost gave up on several occasions. In the beginning I was spending more than 40 hours to produce a 5 minute video. It took an exacting toll on me, my shop time and my personal life. LMI turned me onto some video editing software and that helped considerably. I now am able to edit the videos much quicker but still spend a considerable amount of time to produce the videos. It has been a huge learning curve for me and I continue to learn more about video production with each video I produce. You will notice as you watch the videos that over time the quality of the editing has improved considerably.
The second largest viewing audience I have comes from Brazil. In February of 2009 Cesar Tessarin suggested adding English and Portuguese subtitles to the videos and then took on the task of translating the audio and including the subtitles for both languages in the videos! This is also a monumental task and I am very grateful to Cesar for taking this on. Using the CC option on Youtube allows the viewer to then have the subtitles translated into any other language. Having the Portuguese subtitles allows the Youtube CC translation to be more true to the original when translating to other Latin based languages than if it were being translated from English.
Luthiers Mercantile International proudly sponsors the Luthier Tips du Jour videos. In addition to LMI, videos 1-65 also say sponsored by the Red Rocks Community College School of Lutherie. I started that program in 2003 and grew it to International recognition with over 100 students per semester. However, I left the college in March of 2012 and am no longer associated with the school. Videos after number 65 reflect this.
I hope you enjoy the videos and appreciate my efforts.