The Importance of Feedback

Hey shredders,

Most of us dread feedback. I’ve gotten to the point where I hate review time at my work (well, my boss and I don’t see eye to eye 🙂 And if someone comes up and says “I want to give you some constructive feedback” we tend to roll our eyes (even if just to ourselves).

But the truth is, we need this feedback.

Sometimes it shocks us into action. When you look at yourself in a photo you might think “Wow, I really need to lose that weight” or you might think “Dang, I look GOOD!! That gym membership is paying off!”

Many of us don’t even realize what we sound like. Our inner ear doesn’t capture our voice the way a tape recorder does, so when we hear ourselves on tape for the first time, we’re sometimes surprised.

As musicians, when we play, we are truly in “the moment”. We have a lot going on in our brain – what key we’re in, what tempo, and trying to be creative all at the same time.

In the band I was in last year, we had one practice recorded because the guy who owned the studio wanted to test his equipment. We did “Rock and Roll” by Led Zepplin and I pretty much shined on that one. We did “What I like about You” and my solo was far too metal for the song. Were we to do it over again, I would have made the solo more tasteful and less flashy.

In this spirit, I have decided to offer “Video Workshops” with my more advanced students. The concept is this: we prepare three songs in advanced in three different genres – Rock, Blues, and Jazz. I roll tape (hardrive), we play. I take the video home, and burn it onto DVD. The next week we review the DVD (which the student gets to keep).

This feedback will help the student become more aware of what they are doing right and what they can improve on.

Rock on,

Spencer