Though this could easily be a “well, duh” post, I had a re-validation of the value of recording practice.
I am in the process of learning Bodhran, an Irish Traditional Hand drum. Since I am primarily a bass player and have lived in the rhythm section for 30+ years, I had it in my head that my timing was good.
Maybe. On bass.
When I recorded and played back with a click track, I was able to review my performance and see where I faltered. Even better yet was pulling up the waveform display in my DAW’s recording lane and seeing how far off my beats were from the beat grid. f
So here’s to the irony of improving your live playing by recording.
I’d be interested to see how other people use recording to help build their practice.