I teach lessons in person and recently I've started doing some bass covers (here is my channel http://www.youtube.com/user/MrDakota...ew=0&flow=grid
). Three of those are sanctioned by the band Hinder as part of a contest and the other was done just for fun.
Recently I've had the idea to start doing video lessons. I'd like to try to post a lot of covers along with a whole range of lessons on everything from technique to reading and chord tones. As I'm providing this for free, I would like to monetize my videos on YouTube so that over time I can hopefully build up a little bit of compensation.
Where this becomes a little less clear is covers. I have the one cover on there under Fair use. I consider it educational in that it shows my technique and finger placement. This qualitatively transforms the nature to include the video content. I will not necessarily be heart broken to hear that I could not monetize these but every bit is nice as I'm trying to establish music as a career.
So next are the grey areas. What if I upload a "how to lesson" on a song. For instance, I will break down the riff with tabs and a slowed down version of how to play the song (notation or charts where appropriate for the lesson). I'll talk about chords etc. Then a little section where I play what was just taught with the song. A related video or a segment at the end will be me playing all the techniques just taught along to the song.
The final grey area, I think, and the easiest to "get away with" would be compilations of techniques or riffs featuring different artists as opposed to featuring a single one. For instance, if I'm talking about R-5-8 formations in bass riffs, I may include Pink Floyd's "Money" along with a couple others. I could also do a "cool riffs" video. One might be cool riffs by a certain band, another cool slap riffs, cool riffs to play with distortion, cool riffs for a jam, etc.
Anyways, if anybody has experience with just this, please let me know as I would love to discuss it and get some answers/opinions.