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Tip : Listen carefully… to yourself!

One effective way to become a better musician is to record yourself playing (or singing) and then listen back. You can simultaneously refine your listening skills and your performance skills.

You don’t need any fancy equipment—most people have access to audio recording software on a computer, an audio recorder app on a mobile phone, or even a digital camera with a video function.

Record yourself sight-reading or playing a piece you know, then play back the audio while following along with the score. Listen for mistakes and inaccuracies. Make a note of places and techniques you think you need to work on.

If you’re feeling brave, post a video of your performance on YouTube and wait for the public to comment.

Note: not recommended for sensitive types!

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