motivational blog about recording practice sessions. It got me thinking about recording and how much I absolutely hate it. As a woman of a certain age (the reel-to-reel age, that is), I still perceive recording as a novelty.My teacher, Susanna Klein, recently posted a
I was a teenager before I heard my own voice the way others hear it. And it was horrifying. Getting to hear my few performances that were actually recorded back-in-the-day was also rare, as you needed to have a 1,000-pound reel-to-reel player. I came of age as a musician rarely hearing my performances and being quite comfortable with that fact.
Fast forward several decades, people walk into rehearsals with Smartphones and simply hit record. Concerts are now routinely live-streamed. And I personally am intimidated by all of it! I’ll always have the spirit of a live performer. I’m sure that’s true for most of us. I don’t like knowing that my mistakes and intonation issues are cemented for all eternity.
But Susanna is right. Hearing, analyzing, and accepting my playing is vital for improvement. There are tons of wonderful tools available. So I’m personally going to take her advice, starting with her Oreo approach.
How about you? Do you routinely record your practice sessions or are you as audio-phobic as I am? Please pick the option that best represents your situation and then leave a comment with your thoughts.
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