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    Default Recording yourself

    Since last night, I have started recording myself. Just using the smartphone, and sharing the files with a friend who plays guitar and uke, and with the uke gang (where I play upright bass, so they had no clue how well - or not - I play).

    Have to say, it is an eye-opener! I am missing groove and fluency, and am not as OK as I thought I was. But it helps keep me motivated!

    So... Record yourself! It helps

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    Join Date
    Sep 2019
    SF Bay Area California


    This is so true. I was tempted to record a video the other day to post here, and decided to record audio first. I am a lot less competent than I thought. Sad face. So no recording to share for me yet.
    I did find an app for iPhone called Dolby ON, which cleans up the ambient sound in the stairwell where I play on lunch.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Ames, Iowa


    So early on I recorded myself several times playing in my basement by myself. I showed them to my wife and asked her if I was really that bad. I was somewhat discouraged because I had already done a coffee shop gig, a few open mics and some busking. She said no. She said that I sounded a whole lot better and more confident if I had an audience to feed off of or other musicians to interact with. Since then I've seen videos of myself playing in all sorts of venues, solo and with other musician, and I'm no great singer and player, but I'm much better when I'm not down in my basement with nothing but walls and a microphone. So I would advise people not to judge their performance from a video with no context.
    Last edited by Rllink; 02-11-2020 at 01:04 PM.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Dec 2009


    Simple recording into your smartphone can give decent results IME. I've done a bunch that I've posted here, and the sound quality is surprisingly good. The key (for me) is to reduce noise (turn off furnace and put PC into sleep mode), and experiment with positioning the phone, to get a good balance between uke, vocals, and what you want to show on the video. I use a mini tripod on the desk in front of me, and sometimes elevate it on a small box, to get the view & sound balance I want. Looking forward to seeing & hearing yours!
    Last edited by Ukecaster; 02-11-2020 at 01:09 PM.

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    Sep 2013
    Los Angeles, near the Beverly Center.


    A few years ago I participated in a group recording tribute to the uke player who was killed in the theater shooting in Louisiana. I played bass uke and in the process of recording to the main track we were given, I realized how precise I had to be. It was harder than I thought, it took me about two hours of practice, then about 40 takes to get a good enough track. I had only been playing bass uke for about a year.

    I also record each song of my group during rehearsal with an iPad Pro and forScore app, then post them on my web site for the other members to be able to practice at home.

    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 6 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 41)

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    Last edited by kohanmike; 02-11-2020 at 08:00 PM.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2019
    Flint, Michigan USA


    I started recording myself as soon as I felt a mild bit of competency which was at about 6 months in. It was probably a bit early in retrospect as I only had a repertoire of 3 songs, but even then it was enough to get started in the seasons of the ukulele recitals to get feedback/encouragement.

    As the OP stated, rhythm is most noticeable by others when it is off. Just start with the "club strum" of down on the beat and up on the off beat. That is 4 down strums and 4 up strums in one 4/4 measure. Try to make all the strums evenly spaced apart at first. I got the basic chords within about 6 weeks and the rest of my time was with improving my rhythm during that 6 month period.

    gl and keep strumming!
    Ukulele player since November 2013 and started playing toy piano in July of 2019. Lover of electric ukulele!

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