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Playing Since: 2003
Experience Level: Novice
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Saturday, May 04, 2013 @4:49:35 PM
I have been recording myself almost every day for over a month now, with Audacity, and it definitely has been getting easier. There is still a long ways to go, but I might eventually get there.
The main problem I had, and still sometimes have, with recording, is that knowing I am being recorded makes me tense. The same thing happens when I am called on for a break at a jam session. Something I could play well when relaxed gets all mangled by the muscle tension.
It seems to me that recording yourself a lot for a while can fix this problem.
I also feel that recording myself and then listening carefully to the recordings is making my playing better.
And now I can do multi-track recordings, which means I can hear how my backup playing sounds, so I can work on improving it. And I can work on improving my singing at the same time. I even got my fiddle out one day and added fiddle tracks. Unfortunately, I just don't have time to work on my fiddle playing.
The only trouble with recording is it takes a lot of time. I have been waking up at 4 am to have time for it, in addition to my regular practice. I can't keep doing that forever.
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