Recording your practice sessions is an absolute must if you want to hear your voice outside of yourself. What we hear while we are singing is quite different from what other people hear. Ever heard yourself on an answering machine or on a microphone? The first thing you notice is that you sound differently – some of us like what we hear, some of us don’t. One thing is for sure – there will be a difference in your perception.
You will hear, not only a difference in the tone of your voice, but also the notes that you did not quite hit. While you’re singing, it’s important to feel the song at an emotional level. It will be very hard for anyone to analyze the voice and interpret the song with conviction at the same time. This is why you need to capture the moment and listen to it later for analysis.
When listening back to your recording, try to focus on just one or two things at a time. You don’t want to be over-critical when listening to your voice or it might affect your confidence. Just make sure that the whole experience of singing then listening back is enjoyable every single time. Don’t expect to sound flawlessly right away.
It’s quite easy to get a good quality recording device for cheap or better yet, use your mobile phone. Iphone’s recording quality is actually not that bad at all. If you don’t have a mobile phone, get an old recorder from your local pawn shop or ebay.