Nelson Lee wrote:Hi Robert and Binh, I just saw your guitar videos. Exceptional effort. I really don't have much feedback for you you at this time, but I am wondering if you could share some tips with me and the rest of the group about preparing for recording/video yourself. The reason I am asking is because as soon as I hit the record button I seem to lose it and make awful mistakes as I am playing. I notice that you don't look at your sheet music and you just close your eyes as you are taping..... Does this help you tap into your focus, musical intuitiveness, and are you able to relax more? Do you do a lot of takes? Please share with me/us some of your tips on this matter. Thanks for the support and looking forward to hearing from the both of you. Regards, Nelson
The honest truth about my recording is the result of many failed tries, like: 1 ok video of 20 failed one or so. But I like that challenge, it makes me a better player: by overcome the pressure of playing in front of camera, conquer the fear of being judged by people. I remember that we're students and we learn by trail and error. So it's OK to fail because it's the process of learning. But sometimes I felt anxious, frustrated when failed to play a simple assignment song, and then watching other classmate and our teacher's videos. So perfect, effortless, with grace, they play with emotion and enjoy their music and I'm just an ugly duck, failed to play the easiest song. Then I question myself: maybe I have no talent, maybe I wasn't born to play music, guitar isn't for me, it's all waste of time?
The truth is practice = perfect. Not satisfy with your play? => practice more and don't lose faith. We are in the same boat Nelson, we suck than our teacher because he has played for many years, 30, 40 years ? We don't expect to play just like him in a month or so.
And by the way, your timing or rhythm suck, sorry to be blunt, Nelson, try to tap your foot or count out loud. I learn that count out loud is extremely helpful, like open a whole new world for me. And If you want to master counting, prepare to smash your guitar to the wall because of frustration, hehe