I don’t know how long it has been out of commission, but I have not been able to record any of my playing for months. So today I tried to troubleshoot my problems away. I ended up getting everything working, but I really don’t know what I did other than reload the drivers.
I’m not comfortable paying for this blog, but maybe I’ll make some slideshows and put some of my recordings on youtube so I can show them on my wanna be blog. Of course, that means opening a YouTube account or something.
Anyway, the important thing is that I can once again record myself as I play and practice. This is important for two reasons. First, you learn better when you can hear yourself. And you can’t really listen to yourself (good and bad) when you are playing at the same time. Second, if you don’t capture ideas for later development, they will disappear. Recording as you play addresses both of these issues. And using my computer with a big harddrive makes it easy to get a lot of recording time. I don’t know how much I go back and listen to anything, but I will listen to parts to see if I’m getting it or if it really is a good song idea.
How do you capture your ideas and practice?
p.s. Follow up note: my mp3 player was found shortly after this entry was posted!