So… Infra’s message about taking notes and some messing around with recording myself gave me an idea.
Yesterday, on revisiting Billie Jean, I noticed that, although it felt I was getting nowhere, I did wonder, am I actually doing just as bad as I did a couple days ago? So, I wondered if there would be a way to verify this. First thing I thought of was, what if I’d just record the audio? That would probably also mercilessly point out that, while during playing it sounds ok to me, in reality my playing is riddled with bad timing and artifacts from sloppy technique.
And then I thought, what if I also want to know if I’m getting the plucking down? I’ll need to see what I was doing, so I need video for that, right?
Now, it just so happens that one of my hobbies is photography, and yes, one of my dSLRs is actually capable of filming. I’ve also got some nice lenses to go with that one, so that’s covered. Yesterday, I got audio recording and processing covered using Audacity, so now all I need to do is figure out how to get decent video files using those.
So, today, I downloaded OpenShot, an open source video editor that’s supposedly easy to use and packs all the features I would need and then some. I played around with it a bit and it does everything I want.
Whatever I’m gonna make with it won’t be even close to releasable material… but once I get this bass playing thing down, it might come in handy to illustrate to others how much I sucked, and how this course helped me to get the suckiness out (I guess I’d better be serious about that after having said this, haha).
But the main purpose will be for myself to verify if I am actually making any progress, or if I’m imagining it – and to give myself a wakeup call every now and then because on a recording, my playing will probably suck a lot more than I imagined it did when I was actually doing it. It’s also a nice way to include any notes-to-self I’d like to add.
And of course it’s fun to do.
Now, it’s not gonna happen today, or even this weekend – we’ve got two grandsons staying the night, and tomorrow our granddaughter has her yearly show with the dance school she goes through. But I’ll be having a ball with this next week! I suppose some Billie Jean bass line mangling will be the first thing that gets recorded.