Recording Your Lessons
One of the best techniques I have found to help students immediately understand what they are playing or what they sound like is to record them. Many times when you explain how they sound or point out a rhythm that is incorrect, they will be unable to grasp what you are talking about, no matter how descriptive you might be. With the advent of simple recording apps, or Garage Band on an iPad, paired with a great device like Blue's Mikey, you can instantly record what the student is playing. Then play it back to them for instant feedback. Students will appreciate hearing what they sound like, and I have found that they will be more likely to understand and correct any deficiencies that have been pointed out to them. Not only can you use this for teaching your students, but it also makes a great practice tool for any musician. For more information on Mikey by Blue click HERE.