March 11, 2007 at 3:23 AMAfter some inspiration from this site, and realizing that I had never heard myself play before, I bought a Sony IC recorder (about $150). It is easy to use, portable, good sound quality, and I can download it on my PC.
So, I set to recording myself practice today. Not so bad! In fact, if I may compliment myself, pretty darned good - for the pieces and sections I know.
But even with the small tinny microphone on my camera I've also been relatively pleased with how I sound when recorded. My intonation is usually better than I expect, except when it isn't. There have been a couple of times when I was really glad I recorded myself because I hadn't realized just how out of tune something was and how much it stuck out. I think recording myself helps call my attention to and isolate problem areas much more quickly.
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