I recently had a guitar student upload a video to Study With Adam for coaching, the title read
“In My Life, The Beatles, Arranged by Adam and Butchered by Craig”
I had to laugh out loud. LOL!!!!
It’s important to know that what we HEAR in our playing is different from what people SEE in our guitar videos.
That said, my student Craig recorded the video several times until he thought it was barely passable.
Boy, do I know that feeling…sitting in front of a camera or microphone suddenly makes us aware of everything we DON’T want to hear in our playing.
You can’t believe that anyone will like your playing because the only things you hear are the warts & pimples…they think you are enjoying yourself,
HA! If they only knew your suffering…
Reading the title, I was prepared for the worst (thanks Craig) and was shocked and delighted when…it sounded GREAT!
Many listeners (viewers) are in their OWN universe, not yours!
Here is a little chart I came up with to give you perspective on how others “see” your guitar videos, and maybe you’ll be kinder to yourself after reading this 🙂
This little chart may seem extremely slanted, but I bet it will provoke thought in you.
Truth is, you probably do sound WAY better than you think you do.
WHAT YOU HEAR vs WHAT THEY “SEE”
- Oh no, I made a mistake!
- UGH, I buzzed a note!
- I can’t stop feeling like I suck.
- My right hand feels so inconsistent.
- Oh man, the tone on this is not quite right.
- The sound is perfect!
- I love this song, I am glad I recorded it. Hooray!
- This song is a classic, it’ll probably get some views.
- I totally b.s.’d everyone…This is the 25th painful “take” but at least I made it through! I am DONE recording.
- “How old is this guy?”
- “He looks pissed off. He’s not smiling.”
- “Do I know this song?”
- “This dude is amazing!”
- “If there is no singing, is it jazz?”
- “Whatever…I don’t feel like watching past the 45 second mark…”
- “Who the hell are the Beatles?”
- “Is ‘Fly Me To The Moon?’ a Maroon 5 song?”
- “He’s having fun…Cool! (FB share & like)”
I hope this helps you get out of your own way and carry on making music.
What do YOU think? Please comment below!