...I know my technical limits but for the most easily pieces, I don't to achieve my aim when I'm playing and recording : I stress. My left hand is heavy and my playing begin hesitant because I don't want to play the wrong notes... could you help me ?...Chris
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
You too, huh? That's my main problem as well. As soon as that little red light goes on: my arms lock, I hold my breath, my fingers stiffen and the stupidest mistakes from the easy parts of the song sprout up like mushrooms.
One technique that I have been using that seems to be helping is to intentionally delete random recordings right after making them, even if they're perfect. This has given me the idea that that particular recording doesn't really matter since I know that eventually there will be no errors/ hesitations/ people barging in noisily talking/ cats jumping up on your lap/ doorbells or telephones ringing/ etc and I'll eventually capture the perfect five-star performance. I'll start out just recording and think to myself that I'm going to delete the third recording, first one after that, the fourth one after that, then the next one, then the fifth after that ... or using any other numbers. I used pi (3.1415...3-1-4-1-5-...) in that example. The trick is to not really know that any particular recording is going to be erased without being heard, then the cares about that red light start to fade and before you know it, you start relaxing and concentrating on the music and your fingers no longer are tightened with stress, etc. As far as you know at the moment, the song you're currently playing could only be one that'll be deleted - then you relax.
I know this probably sounds a little kooky ... but it seems to work. Part of why I think this method works came from the realization that many times I'll record, and the really difficult parts come out perfect, but then a C-major chord somehow gains a minor second.
It's because during that difficult part I was REALLY concentrating on the music, which naturally made me forget about that little red light. It's similar to one of Buddha's teachings, that the cause of pain and sorrow is desire. Once you give up that desire to obtain the perfect recording, it becomes much easier to attain it.
Definitely record as often as possible as others have said, since the more familiar you get with that "recording" light, the less significant it becomes.
I'll be watching this thread as I'm also open to other suggestions as well, since I feel that this is a very important issue to work through. Hope this helps.
Love is the law, love under will.