this discussion thread, "Is it Possible to Enjoy Recordings of Yourself?" He said that "even if I perfect something, my sound is far too 'familiar' to enjoy."A few weeks ago, V.com member and teacher Erik Williams initiated
For me, I feel like I've had an entire journey with this idea of "listening to yourself." This might seem pretty novel in the 21st century world of ubiquitous cell phone recordings, but for me, the first time I heard my own voice was when I got a cassette recorder for Christmas as a child of about 11 years old. One of the first things I did was to talk into it, then play that back. What a surprise that was! I could not believe that my voice sounded like that - it sounded so different than I expected, based on hearing it in my own head!
It didn't take long for me to start trying to record my violin and play duets with "myself." I didn't listen very critically to these recordings because they were so utilitarian. They had to be in-tune and in time, but I wasn't exactly listening for subtle musicality.
The first time I made a "real" recording of myself was for college auditions - and back in the day, you really needed to go to a studio for that. So quite suddenly I cared a LOT how that sounded!
In more recent years, I'm listening to both my voice and my playing when I make videos. I've mostly gotten over myself, but occasionally I'll obsess over a bad note, some way I said something, or the expression on my own face. It's hard not to be self-conscious when watching or listening to one's self!
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you enjoy listening to a recording of your own playing? Do you find that you are too busy listening for mistakes or problems, or are you able to relax and enjoy your accomplishment? Please participate in the vote, then share your thoughts in the comments.
A big thanks to Jim Hastings for the idea for this week's vote. If you have an idea for the Weekend Vote, please e-mail me. I welcome your ideas!
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