I know that a lot of you already know how much you can improve your playing by recording yourself. I know that I've read many posts on TB that recommend people record themselves to improve their playing. This site is where I got the idea, so this is old news to most, but it is so true. I just recently set up a real basic recording setup and have been recording some drum machine and bass tracks and boy oh boy, is it true! I've learned so much about my playing and what needs improved. I've found certain things that I thought were working, that really just aren't. I've found other things that I play that work better than I thought they did. I've learned to maintain a consistent level. I didn't even realize that at times I'd get to the hard part and play more softly or sometimes just play more softly as the song went on (probably thinking more about not screwing up rather than maintaining an even and consistent tone / volume level) The biggest thing that I've learned is that the most important thing is the least tangible - feel. I've recorded certain tracks that do have a consistent level all the way through, and don't have any missed notes or train wrecks - yet the track feels mechanical and lacks groove. After just a few weeks of recording myself, I have to recommend that any players who aren't already doing so give it a try. I feel like I've really been growing by going through the recording process. I've been using a Tascam mkII Porta 02 Porta Studio purchased with the Start Up package, and an Alesis SR 16 drum machine. All together about a $340 investment. Considering the price of upgrading a bass or an amp, I consider this a great gear investment. With this gear, I can play the drum machine and my bass through the Tascam and monitor with headphones for good quality practice that doesn't disturb the rest of the house. I can record myself and learn more about my playing and how to improve it. I'm posting this in general rather than the recording forum, because the purpose of this post is to encourage anybody that hasn't ever tried recording to give it a try. It really pays off, even if you don't need to produce a recording. (although in this day and age, almost anybody that plays will be asked if they have a demo at some point) If you've never thought of recording, or thought that you weren't ready - I suggest you reconsider and give it a try. It will really improve your playing, and it's fun!