I just recorded myself. YUCCH

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Blind Bruce, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce Pianissimo User

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    I set up the recording on my computer to see if I could tell the difference in tone of my two horns. I was very disappointed in my "performance".
    When I practice, I know I make mistakes but I hear FAR more errors when listening to the recording. I don't know my instructor can stand it:-(
    I may be too early in my attempts at recording but I am really surprised.:thumbdown:
     
  2. poetofsound

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    May I ask what recording setup you are using?

    Also, recording is a very organic way to critique your playing. I do it often to see how I have changed as a player as the years go by.
     
  3. Blind Bruce

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    It is called "sound recorder" on Windows XP. I have a desk mic from Radio Shack. I also use this mic with my ham radio setup on my computer. The sound is good, just the playing that stinks. What do you mean by organic sound?
    Bruce
     
  4. poetofsound

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    Not organic sound, but organic way to listen to that sound. Sometimes what you hear when you're practicing isn't what is truly being played. I often catch tons more mistakes in my records than in my normal practice sessions.
     
  5. TisEkard

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    I record myself almost every day and listen to it in the car while stuck in traffic or during my practice sessions. It is one of the best ways to efficiently practice. You will learn many different things about what you are doing right, and wrong. Sometimes you just need to know how bad you actually sound :-P
     
  6. poetofsound

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    Exactly my point :D It's like having a second pair of ears, but those ears are still yours and without the ego while your playing
     
  7. TisEkard

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    What ego? haha
     
  8. poetofsound

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    The little voice in your head that says "man, those high notes sound phat!" ;-);-);-);-);-)
     
  9. rowuk

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    While recordings can be useful tools, most players I work with do not benefit at all. Why? They start playing for the mic. Every note more "careful" than the previous one. That type of controlled instance is directly contrary with the spontaneous wild abandon approach that I like to use.
    Granted, it is possible to fine tune a performance this way. I would not suggest regularly recording until you have 85-95% of a piece under your belt.

    Practice sessions should free us of the things that limit our playing. Our ears should be paying attention and we need to correct and reinforce immediately.
     
  10. Vulgano Brother

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    My trumpet teacher, Gerald Webster, used to have a reel-to-reel recorder in his studio, and he would record us, then play back at half-speed. While it might be considered "cruel and unusual punishment," it did get us used to critical listening (to ourselves) in real time.
     

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