#1
Hi everyone,

I have been playing for 1 years and I am at a point that I have started playing with a backing track. I generally practice one hour a day, everyday.

When I play, I have played close to the amp and boom box (playing the backing track) and I have played far from it to see if I hear any difference.

I have gotten to a point, where, to me, it sounds awesome. I was really happy with it (and I am very self-critical).

Some people at work wanted me to record myself playing over the backing track. So, I tried recording myself playing over the backing track with both my iphone 6 and with an olympus Ls-10.

In both cases, when I played it back I was "horrified" and greatly disappointed. The guitar playing sound "choppy" when I was picking every note", also the guitar sound was "crappy".

Yet, when I play live, it sounds pretty good and no choppyness.

I was so disappointed, I feel like quitting.

My wife, however, says I sound good (she is pretty truthful) but in this case I don't know if she is telling the truth.

Any suggestions? I even practice picking with a metronome.

I really appreciate any response that any of you might have.

Thanks so...
#2
Well firstly... your wife might very well be telling you her truth; both her love for you and the very fact that she's not you can make you sound better to her. You are almost certainly always going to be your own worst critic, other people mostly don't hear the little mistakes that you do, especially if they're not also musicians.

Secondly... this is why recording yourself and listening back is a good idea; listening back later you can hear all kinds of things that you just can't pick up on in the moment because you're too busy playing to hear them. Sadly the only thing to do is to keep practising; there will almost always be things that you hear yourself do and think "Wait, what?", but that means you know what you need to work on next. It's a continual process of listening back and refining what you do, and it will never end (as long as you don't quit). Try not to get to down on yourself though; this happens to everyone and it'll make you a better player as long as you know what to do about it.
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#3
idk what an olympus is but u probably need a modern specialist microphone

a hand-held recording device that has "high quality microphone" or a mobile phone is probably complete and utter shite quality recorder compared to a proper well-regarded microphone

totalbiscuit apprently uses this one (but he's high-end enthusiast) http://www.amazon.com/Electro-Voice-RE-20-Cardioid-Microphone/dp/B000Z7LLQ0

idk wot choppy/crappy is but you should be able to tell once self-aware if you're pressing notes cleanly or not
#4
the gear isn't the issue so much. recordings can be pretty brutal in their honesty kinda like the mirror don't lie. when playing you may think you sound great but you aren't listening as intently. you are concentrating on the playing etc as well as trying to hear yourself. this is natural.

no reason to get upset you just have to learn from what you hear. if certain parts don't sound right well practice them some more and continue recording yourself. sure iphone mics won't acurately reproduce your tone but as far as playing it doesn't matter so much. sloppy playing is sloppy playing. believe me when i record songs (link in profile) i'll go through a bunch of takes to get it right and at times it makes me nuts to.
#5
I think Zaphod nailed that!

Our band always records at rehearsal for these reasons.

Perhaps when you are playing, you are paying slightly more attention to the backing track and when you listen back you are really listening for your guitar. All will come good with time and practice as you are obviously picking up on areas to work on.