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I don't know what it is but sometimes I get really tense when I know I'm being recorded. Anyone else experience this or have some tips to deal with it?
 
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Get a home recording setup and record yourself everyday. You could just use your phone to your PC with software.
 

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Ummmm........................I don't think I'll ever be faced with that problem.:D
 

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I'm completely at ease when recording at home. It's one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a musician.

Usually in someone else's studio I'm okay too, but if there's a difficult personality producing I can get kind of stressed out. I've seen one in particular who was erratic, sweaty, and temperamental. Luckily he sold his studio.

Tips? Preparation, practice (including practice at recording), rest, hydration, comfortable seating, decent lighting, good headphone signal, thorough warm-ups, no time restraints, starting on time, mature relationship skills, no distractions, no hangers-on in the studio, no drugs or booze, frequent breaks, stretching...
 

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Oh man I get red light jitters so bad, even by myself at home in my little guitar grotto.
I just totally blank out sometimes. Quite maddening. Thanks for the tips, will try to employ.
 

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I was like that too; still am. I always take it as a learning experience: am I practiced enough? What did I like about the recording? Always use it as a learning experience.
 

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I'm the exact opposite. It sounds so good in a nice studio. Great acoustics, speakers, headphones. I'm like a guy who's been shipwrecked and is now seeing food or a woman for the first time in months.

BRING IT ON!!!!
 

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Even just recording on an iPhone or a Zoom recorder, it's unbelievable how I seize up. Sounds like first day playing guitar. As mentioned above, do it more. Do it daily. I also realized I need to stop fussing with stopping and starting. Just start and let it run. Edit later. My Zoom has a nice auto stop/start feature. At band practice, I set it up, and forget about it.
 

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I did a few on-air interviews at a local radio station years ago, and no matter how cool & prepared you think you are, when that red light on your microphone comes on, it's still a jolt to your junk. :)
 

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I'm the same. Anytime someone pulls out a camera and films us, i am very uneasy. Cant offer any advice
 

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life always seems better after a big poo.

truer words were never spoken

I have red light fever all the time. In a proper studio with engineer, producer, band members....all the time. It eventually dissipates but the first take....yikes!!!
If it's recording at home or a writing session or a performance (gig) recording, I'm good.
 

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My first time recording I couldn't nail this one part that I had played live many times. It was killing me. As soon as the drummer said he'd step in and lay it down I got it next take. I wanted it to be all me on the recording I guess
 

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A lot of it comes down to "self talk" IME. I'm a navel gazer by nature so I try to identify what I think might actually "go wrong" in the situation. After challenging these "worst case scenarios", I usually conclude they're unlikely to occur and would have no lasting effect on me even if they did.
 
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