Posted by Patrick Randall on Friday, October 5, 2007
I've been steadiliy plodding through my YCTYB book, learning about a song a week. I had to record a song I'd learnt earlier for a little CD my wife is putting together for her family. It was John Hardy. I'd sorted that quite well I thought weeks/months ago. I couldn't play it up to tempo in front of the mic. Missing notes and fumbled picking..
I am now going back to the start of the book with an aim of being able to play everything I've learnt so far up to a decent tempo and cleanly. I intend to sort this out before trying to move on.
I hope that's a good thing to do.
Friday, October 5, 2007 @11:37:26 AM
Ah.... a classic case of microphone jitters! Happens to everybody. Sure go back to the woodshed. One thing that helped me get over the syndrome was to regularly record my practice sessions. (Free recording software Audacity and any inexpensive computer mic is fine for this). Not only does the recording not allow you to think you played something better than you did, but you also get used to the recording scenario, which is also helpful for public performance. BTW- you don't ever really get over the jitters totally, you just learn to recognize them for what they are and how to play in spite of them.
Keep after it!
Friday, October 5, 2007 @11:45:28 AM
Patrick, I get 'em too... I don't FEEL nervous, but the song I can play beautifully with the recorder turned to "off" becomes a train-wreck with the button switched to "on." I do try to record fairly regularly, and I don't beat myself up over the errors. It's the recorder gremlin, I swear! Keep at it--it will get better, even if it doesn't completely go away.
Friday, November 9, 2007 @5:27:24 PM
I get the mic jitters too partner! I made a CD for my little grandson in Minnesota, and it took me 3 weeks of trying before I was satisfied,
keep on pickin', Don
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