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post Apr 19 2009, 03:17 PM
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Any tips?

I tend to play worse when I record something, or maybe I always play these little mistakes, but they only start to matter when I record it... I guess I don't play very perfect... often it's my mind wandering around forgetting to think of the next move on the fretboard... I guess I'm a dreamer of some extreme blink.gif kind

What can I do about it, anyone have the same problem?


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post Apr 19 2009, 03:28 PM
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Sure, people don't do well under pressure usually, and it is perfectly normal not to perform as good as when you practiced or played without recording. What you can do is exercise the part until you really feel comfortable with the part - go up the tempo by 20-30bpms and then it will be a lot easier. Also what I sometimes do is record several takes at once (I loop the backing), and choose the best one.

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post Apr 19 2009, 03:31 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Apr 19 2009, 03:28 PM) *
Sure, people don't do well under pressure usually, and it is perfectly normal not to perform as good as when you practiced or played without recording. What you can do is exercise the part until you really feel comfortable with the part - go up the tempo by 20-30bpms and then it will be a lot easier. Also what I sometimes do is record several takes at once (I loop the backing), and choose the best one.


Yeah - this ↑
Plus, if I'm struggling with something I'll practise it until I can play it 5-10bpm faster than I need to. That way, it feels easier at the normal tempo


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post Apr 19 2009, 03:44 PM
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make sure you play as many live shows as possible . one live show is equal to about 20 practices, when you have enough live shows under your belt your confidence level(this sounds like levitra ad ) will increase to the point where you can mentally see yourself playing each note ,once you can see that recording is breeze
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post Apr 19 2009, 03:53 PM
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It's the button man! laugh.gif We all go through it, you just have to keep pushing to the point you just play, not concentrating on the recording itself.


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post Apr 19 2009, 05:26 PM
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One tip i can give is record yourself as much as you can...... It will be alot easier later on


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post Apr 19 2009, 06:16 PM
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The pressure builds up because you know you don't have it 100% in your fingers.
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post Apr 19 2009, 06:23 PM
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QUOTE (kjutte @ Apr 19 2009, 07:16 PM) *
The pressure builds up because you know you don't have it 100% in your fingers.


+ 1 , very often.

More practicing, recording and live playing will help you
to get over it. smile.gif


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post Apr 19 2009, 07:00 PM
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When you feel like you know something then you need to play it over and over until its totally locked in your fingers and brain coordination.
What I mean here is that you should be able to play parts with your eyes closed, play perfectly in time, have no mistakes and be able to execute dynamics and all the extra things (slides, bends etc)



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post Apr 19 2009, 07:38 PM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Apr 19 2009, 07:23 PM) *
+ 1 , very often.

More practicing, recording and live playing will help you
to get over it. smile.gif


Yeah... I have the concentrate my ass off to get a sweep clean aswell as try to get my shreds to sound decent in a recording, and it overall affects my performance.

If I knew I could do shreds and sweeps with my hands behind my eyes like the pros, it wouldn't be hard to record anything.
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post Apr 19 2009, 08:16 PM
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QUOTE (kjutte @ Apr 19 2009, 08:38 PM) *
Yeah... I have the concentrate my ass off to get a sweep clean aswell as try to get my shreds to sound decent in a recording, and it overall affects my performance.

If I knew I could do shreds and sweeps with my hands behind my eyes like the pros, it wouldn't be hard to record anything.


But even then mistakes happen, so experience with recording is the key as well.


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post Apr 19 2009, 09:11 PM
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i have the exact same problem. and the solution is pretty annoying but its the only thing that works. you have to play something so many times that you only need muscle memory and not use your head at all.


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post Apr 24 2009, 04:26 AM
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I didn't see this thread before I posted the similar frustration, Stevie. I've come to realize that my pulse goes up as soon as I hit record. When I'm playing to the backing track time slows right down. When I'm playing with the same track while recording, I feel like I just got shot off of an aircraft carrier.


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post Apr 25 2009, 12:42 PM
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As everyone said, practice the part you wish to record and also practice recording yourself (playing all the different things) as much as you can. Recording experience will build up and after some time you won't consider recording "big deal" and you will be relaxed. Also try clearing your mind just before recording, take a deep breath , relax your body and concentrate on playing what is on the hand and not thinking about recording , on which part you are going to make a mistake smile.gif etc... Try doing it , it may seem a little bit weird at start but it works.


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post Apr 25 2009, 01:34 PM
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I don't really have any tips, but totally understand.
I record my takes many many many times before being happy with it.
Last year, I recorded a 20 second solo over 250 times before I got it right, so patience is the key.
Oh, and being able to record your guitars alone is great too!



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post Apr 26 2009, 05:35 PM
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I also think that recording yourself as often as possible will help you a lot. First of all you kinda get used to this situation and you won't be as nervous anymore after some time, and when you record yourself it is much easier to elimitate flaws or mistakes, cause a good recording is very honest... brutally honest sometimes, you really hear your flaws, sometimes, when we just play and we enjoy it, we don't really realize our mistakes, so recording definitely is a good thing. I also like this method or practicing something in a higher speed, so when you go back to normal things get easier and more comfortable. And another thing, try not to panic when you are recorded, try to eliminate this thought of "oh god, I am being recorded, I have to be great and 100% perfect now", you can always do another take, also the best players in the world might need a couple of takes to nail something on tape (or hard disc wink.gif )


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