#1
Today I decided filming myself doing this rock blues solo (or atleast half of it) that I've been learning for the past month (and I still can't play it cleanly at full speed, atleast this one spot). So anyway, knowing that I can't play this one lick in full speed I still did it, and I even did it while standing which I've never done so It messed up my playing even more. While playing, I myself saw so maany mistakes and just thought it was pretty bad. Then I looked at the video and it sounded really good, as if I did no almost no mistakes at all. So my theory is either:

a) Playing just sounds better on video then live

b) Being the one that is playing, I spot the mistakes much more and give a shit about them too much?

Other thoughts?
#2
you're an upside down person, normally the mistakes are more noticeable on video/audio registration.
that's why me and others film themselves playing to see their mistakes and correct them.
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#3
Quote by Krieger91
you're an upside down person, normally the mistakes are more noticeable on video/audio registration.
that's why me and others film themselves playing to see their mistakes and correct them.


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#4
Drugs? Nah seriously it's basically just alot easier to notice mistakes when your playin than when your watching
#5
you never know how good you are `til you listen to it from the 3rd person perspective, just be relaxed when playing at it will flow out naturally
#6
Quote by RetroGunslinger
Drugs? Nah seriously it's basically just alot easier to notice mistakes when your playin than when your watching


I agree with this. It's funny how sometimes at band practice someone will be like "wow I really f**ked up that part" and no one even noticed.
#7
Goes the other way for me, lol. I record and think man...that was pretty good. Then I watch it and cant post it because I don't like what I see. In a live setting with my friends I do fine though so maybe im just over critical.
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#8
Probably number 2. Sometimes YOU are YOUR WORST CRITIC. Ease up. Don't be so hard on yourself.

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#9
Quote by ron666
Probably number 2. Sometimes YOU are YOUR WORST CRITIC. Ease up. Don't be so hard on yourself.

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+1 i am the exact same way dude but isnt that what drives you to be a an even better guitarist? and besides people always say sound amazing so i guess im doing something right
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#10
No need for video, audio recording will tell you just as much about your playing without the visual distractions and worrying about how you look .
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#11
Quote by KenG
No need for video, audio recording will tell you just as much about your playing without the visual distractions and worrying about how you look .



I find watching how my hands and arms move during certain parts of songs helps me work out how to move differently so I can play cleaner.
I notice Mistakes just as much on video as when I'm playing. Although I do seem to notice rhythm mistakes easier when playing and note mistakes on video easier...
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#12
I've got the opposite thing; Things sound better to me when I'm playing, and when I watch or hear it back, I see all my little flaws and make a bigger deal about them. (Which is why I never listen to my good takes; I get friends to do it for me, if I don't I'll be redoing four seconds of playing for hours. If I hit a really sour note, I'll just restart the take.)

I also agree with Ken on audio vs. video; Django Reinhardt proved that traditional fingering isn't the only proper way to do it, so listening instead of watching eliminates a lot of my unneeded concerns of looking smoother doing it.
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#13
Yeah, I notice SO MANY mistakes while I play too. I seriously wish I didn't. It almost makes playing live unenjoyable for me. I guess that's why I like recording so much. You can just fix the mistakes and listen to something you KNOW will be good.

But I don't think you're too difficult on yourself. A healthy, humble, logical, sense of self-criticism WILL always help you play more effectively.