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Posted by pcfive on Monday, June 13, 2011

I usually try to record myself on the weekend if I get a chance, to see if I am getting better or not. Most of the time, I'm amazed to find out I sound much worse in the recording than I ever expected.  But this past weekend I did some recording and -- probably for the first time ever since i started learning banjo -- I really thought it sounded ok. The timing and tone seemed GOOD to me. Also, it was fast.

I think this is because I have been spending a lot of time using the metronome. Normally, I play along with recordings. I used to have too much trouble with the metronome so I just forgot about it for a couple of years. But in recent months I thought I would try it again, and it turns out that now I can do it. 

Someone told me a drum machine would be better, so I might try that eventually. But for now, I am doing very well with the metronome, I think. I can play some songs at 140 bpm, and most at 130.

But I really am glad I thought my recordings sounded good in the past 2 days. I think the metronome has helped me with the problem of rushing through certain parts of songs. I think I am doing that much less than I used to.

And I did NOT use the metronome while I was recording!



2 comments on “Recording”

kevinwholmes Says:
Monday, June 13, 2011 @5:23:11 PM

Practicing with a metronome is a great idea, but can be surprisingly difficult at first. Congratulations on your success!

Faster isn't always better; steadier tempo is. When I record audio I use an audible metronome built into the recording software and listen with earphones. My tempo steadiness is much better when I do this.

BTW, there are visible metronomes that make no sound, but you probably already know this. I have a couple on my iPod Touch as apps that I got for free.

pcfive Says:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @7:29:20 AM

Yes it was too difficult for me a couple of years ago. I found that playing along with recordings of songs is much easier, and doing that helped me with timing. Now that my timing is better, I am able to use a metronome. Mine is electronic and has a visible display, which I usually need to look at. But I try to not look sometimes, and just hear the click.

Yes, I know faster isn't always better. I worked on timing and tone for years, without worrying about speed. Of course, practicing makes you get faster without trying.

But now I am working on timing, tone AND speed. I still play along with recordings of songs, but I spend a lot of time with the metronome.

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