#1
I'm wondering if it's a good idea to record myself on different techniques I'm working on like sweep picking and 2handed tapping. I heard that it's a good idea to record yourself everyday. I wanna be able to hear my difference in playing versus seeing it ( ex. writing down my progress w / BPM ). Also what are some devices that are good to record stuff myself with really quick and save it? I know Zoom has a few recorders. Any recommendations or advice is appreciated, thanks.
#2
Recording yourself can be very helpful. When I was taking lessons, I used a portable cassette player and a Radio Shack microphone.

Nowadays, there are more sophisticated devices:

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.guitarcenter.com/-i1169092.gc

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-GT-R1-Portable-Guitar-Bass-Recorder-105125306-i1401677.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-DR-1-GT-R1-Accessory-Kit-105020473-i1402140.gc


Korg Px4
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX4D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-103381554-i1124641.gc

Korg Px5
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX5D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104821715-i1387080.gc

Here is a visual comparison of (left to right) Tascam, my PX-5 and one of my Px4s to my old Aiwa cassette player:



Only the Tascam has decent acoustic recording capacity. All DO have features like tuners, metronomes, drum synthesizers, and digital amp & pedal modeling.

So with decent headphones, you can rock out like you were playing Texas Stadium. And yes, they are all about the size of an old Walkman.

The ones I own: the Tascam has the external mics, a phrase trainer (loop & slow down stuff for practicing), and takes SD cards. Both it and the PX5 can connect directly to your computer via a USB port.

The PX4 is discontinued, but it doesn't meet your needs- no mic, no built in computer connectivity. (Included because its in the photo.)

The ones I don't own: The Line6 PocketPOD is, I believe, the most popular device like this; the Boss might be the most powerful (and priciest).
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#3
Thanks for taking the time to make that reply ( and adding the picture ). Very helpful. I'm gonna research those further.
#4
My guess is that something like the Tascam- and see other makers like Zoom, etc. online at Guitar Center or Sweetwater- or that Boss would be ideal for you.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at May 3, 2013,
#5
How about an iphone or an ipad? If you want to go direct you can get an interface as well.
I tend to record a lot of ideas on garageband on my ipad or iphone, depending on which is closer. The built in microphone works great for recording when I'm playing through my amp.
A bonus is that it has a ton of other features if you're not in the mood for using it for music.
Things with strings:
Ibanez J.Custom, Prestiges, RG8, SR5 bass etc
LP's, Strat, Tele
Noiseboxes:
ENGL Retro Tube 50
5150 III 50W
Orange Terror Bass