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March 27, 2016

Jump Your Blues Solo by Esteban

I am so glad and thankful when students post clips and/or videos of them playing. The reason I feel this way is because I see big leaps their improvement over time. Let me explain.

You see, the process of recording yourself is a key ingredient in the recipe of how to improve as a musician. Yes, it is! We all fear the "red light" (meaning we are being recorded), but let me tell you, it really HELPS you improve. I know, trust me.

I keep repeating this to my students over and over - record yourself often, and listen back critically, making note of both positives and negatives. Over time, you will notice improvements - it's inevitable, and it's guaranteed.

Sometimes, you have to put yourself in an uncomfortable situation (being recorded) in order to make a leap, and doing so will be rewarding.

Of course, the more time you spend on recording, the less uncomfortable it will get, and it will simply become part of your routine.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!

Jump Your Blues Performance

Here is an example of what I'm talking about.
This is my student Esteban performing "Jump Your Blues", a course I created in 2015. It's not an easy solo, and there is some room for improvement, but the process of recording himself this way has really helped. Take a look:

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I think he did very well.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on March 27, 2016

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