Picture this scenario: you’ve spent months and months preparing your upcoming recital and feel great about how you're playing. Performance day comes and you feel that everything goes well. Eagerly anticipating your recordings from the event, you can’t wait to hear how it sounded from the audience’s perspective. You start listening to your recordings and much to your surprise, it doesn’t quite sound as good as the performance perhaps felt.
Almost every musician has experienced something similar to this at some point in their careers. It’s impossible for us to be in two places at once; therefore, we can’t always be sure if what we are hearing on stage is the same as what the audience hears. For some, the solution is to get an outside ear to diagnose any potential issues from where the audience will be seated. However, I believe it can also be as beneficial to self-diagnose through recording yourself as well. Listed below are a few ways in which I believe recording yourself may prove to be beneficial for your overall saxophone playing!
- Recording yourself will help define how you sound -
The most personal aspect to being a musician is the ability to create a unique sound that you can call your own. Everybody has different tastes when it comes to sound, and there is not necessarily a “correct” sound to imitate. We simply prefer certain artists and their sounds to others, a purely subjective personal preference. As I mentioned above, it can be difficult to gauge exactly how we really sound when we’re playing in the moment. One of the only ways to really critique and mold our sound is by listening to recordings of ourselves, whethe