as you might imagine, there’s an incredible learning curve to self-recording. as you go through the process, you’ll find frustration and impatience. but this frustration and impatience can also be called “work,” and without work, you can’t progress. in fact, if you aren’t experiencing the tough work of focused self-recording, someone else is, and that someone else is accelerating their level of playing at a faster rate than you. be the person who is working hard, pushing their playing forward, finding more solutions to problems more quickly, and pushing themselves towards the goal.
recording yourself allows this increased focus. first you play, and you put all your focus into what exactly you can do to perform this in an improved or optimized way. keep your eye on the ball here - set yourself up, draw your eyes to the tips of your sticks, and perform. don’t take your attention away from this activity. then, now that you have the recording, you can change your focus to listening and analysis.