Five Best Recording Devices

We can all use another set of ears in the practice room to keep us honest. But picking the best device for our particular needs is a tricky task, with so many feature-packed devices to choose from. Do we go for convenience? Or sound quality? A mix of both? Or something else entirely? Earlier this week I asked which portable studio recorders you thought were the best, and you nominated 14 of your favorites. Based on your feedback, here are your top five: Disclosure: In some cases, I’ve…


Best Recording Device? (nominations)

We all know how valuable it can be to record ourselves. But just because we know something is helpful, doesn't mean we will act on it. After all, we know we ought to eat more veggies and do more cardio, but that knowledge by itself doesn't turn us into marathon-running vegans. At the end of the day, if it's too inconvenient or time-consuming to do the right thing, we're probably going to stick with our old habits. So if we are serious about making a positive change in our life, we have to do…


Why Is It So Important to Record Yourself?

How often do you record yourself? Weekly? Daily? Never in a million years? Like eating our veggies, we all know on some level that it's a good thing to do. But to quote my 4-yr old, "Why Daddy, why?" Why is it so important to record ourselves?


How to Engage Your Audience...Before Playing a Single Note

You know how some books can be really difficult to put down? Where you swear that you're going to finish the chapter and go to bed, but when you get to the end of the chapter you can't help but continue reading? When was the last time you read a concert program that was such a page-turner? I flipped through the program notes for a chamber music festival the other day, and unexpectedly got hooked. One of the musician bios caught my eye, and I couldn't help but read it. I read it several times,…


How Do We Keep on Going When It Seems Like We Should Quit?

Have you ever wanted something really badly? Even worked for it like you've never worked before, only to come up short? Maybe it's true that whatever doesn't kill us just makes us stronger, but how are we supposed to keep on going when we fall short not once, but repeatedly?