Originally Posted by Magenta
I feel for you!
Recordings are very cruel, they throw everything into sharp relief with no softening. Don't be too hard on yourself!
(primarily guitar/uke player): I am working on two SIMPLE Beatles songs to perform with a friend. I've been recording myself to analyze, and it is EXTREMELY humbling. I used to think I was pretty good, now I'm embarrassed to play in public. On the flip side, recording makes me better, precisely because it illustrates all the flaws. The goal is to improve as a musician, and this definitely helps. It's just that it helps in a somewhat painful way.
My wife tells me I play beautifully all the time. That is nice to hear, but it doesn't make me better. You'll never find a more 'honest' critic than a machine.