Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

10 Ways a Flash Recorder Can Aid Students & Teachers

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

10 Ways a Flash Recorder Can Aid Students & Teachers

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1. RECORD YOUR LESSONS

When the lesson is over, it's gone-unless you record it Today's recorders make it easier than ever to capture and save that gem of an insight or to play along later with your teacher's wonderful interpretation of that new passage. Parents can use the recording to help youngsters practice the exercises taught in the lesson.

2. RECORD YOURSELF

The best way to get better is to listen to yourself. What you hear in your mind's ear and what's actually coming out of your instrument can be just a little bit different-or worlds apart! Recordings hold up an honest mirror to your ear. But a bad recording can be more discouraging than necessary, especially if you're working on beautiful tone. Today's digital recorders create clear, accurate recordings of your playing.

3. PLAY ALONG

You can learn a lot by playing along with your favorite artist Recordings contain information about style, feel, timing, and interpretation that no sheet music or verbal description can ever provide. Stop thinking so hard and try playing along.

4. COLLECT NEW REPERTOIRE

Guitarists and fiddlers were early adopters of mobile technology, lugging heavy cassette recorders to festivals and jam sessions in the 1970s. The skeleton of a time can be reduced to notes on a staff, but the essence of style is learned by listening, playing along, and trying to match what you hear.

5. TRANSCRIBE JAZZ SOLOS

Some of today's flash recorders have features that could almost be considered cheating: variable speed playback at pitch, and A-B repeat functions that allow you to select and replay a segment endlessly. …

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