Lately, I've been in the good habit of recording my live shows. It has been enlightening to say the least. It is interesting how you think it sounds when you're doing it and compared to what it actually sounds like.
I will say, to my ears, it is more rough than pleasant, but I guess that is the way it goes. It also shows what kind of effort this sort of thing takes. We all have these ideal sounds in our heads of what we want to sound like and hope that we are moving towards.
But that is why it is important to record yourself so you can actually hear what you sounds like. Like, I realize I have about 2 million more hours of practice before I get closer, haha. But it's not all bad I guess.
One thing I always get from my recordings and live shows is the fact that, without a doubt, I always go for it and am, almost always, truly improvising. It does not sound like a lick fest, which I despise, but it is a lonely road this path down this road. However, I can keep taking action on the things I think need the most work.
For me, it always seems to be about timing. There are 2 things I fight. Really locking in with the cymbal and my own consistency of time through the line. At least that is how I hear it.
However, I don't want to remove the combustion of the "going for it" vibe. So I'm trying to play to masters a bit. But that is where someone like Coltrane or Shawn Lane lived...that sort of fire in time.
So record yourself. It is well worth it. Even though it will be a bit demoralizing. Ha.
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