I have posted in the past about recording my playing and using it as a tool to pick up on weaknesses. Today I purchased a Zoom Q3 digital recorder. I recorded me playing along with a a track for Chameleon. I also recorded me playing the National Anthem and parts of Star Wars medley outdoors. Hearing my sound through a quality recorder for the first time was pretty cool. My sound on the other side of the bell is much cleaner and prettier than I perceive when playing. However, I noticed huge areas that need improvement from the play along with the Chameleon track. I tend to rush more than I thought. I also need to work more on style and consistency of attacks.
Before I was always left wondering about what I really sound like due to the poor quality of recorder I was using. Now I know the sound is good. It is what I hear in my head when I think of what a trumpet should sound like. It still needs improvement but I am much further along that road than I previously thought.
I suggest that everyone get a quality sound recording device and use it as a tool for practice. I am looking forward to using it to review rehearsals and getting a good recording of a live performance of The National Anthem at my next sporting event. The cell phones really leave a lot to be desired when it comes to sound quality.
Once I get a few recordings of me putting my best foot forward I will post on here.