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The Importance of Recording Your Playing

Mark Stefani

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Mark Stefani’s Final Step in the ‘Seven Steps to Changes Heaven’ – Recording and Evaluating Your Work 

Recording your solos and work in general is an incredibly valuable tool for improving your ability as a musician. I learned long ago that the way we hear ourselves while playing as opposed to after-the-fact listening can be as different as night and day. What we think sounds good is sometimes terrible, and what we take for granted often sounds great, yet we can go on day after day, week after week, month after month, and even year after year not being cognizant of it if we don’t allow ourselves the opportunity to make judgments from a neutral corner. You’ll be astounded at how quickly you’ll get rid of the weak stuff and build on your strengths directly as a result of frequent recording, so don’t be intimidated. You have absolutely nothing to lose except what you want to lose and everything to gain in reaching your ultimate goal as a jazz improviser and artist!

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