I am an adult beginner (going into my third year), and recognize my ability to learn a piece is significantly enhanced with a recording.
Thus, I am looking for a small mp3 recorder with an external mic that I can record with.
What recommendations do you have for a mp3 recorder and mic[/b]
I would travel with this recorder, and keep them with my books.
My primary purpose: working with my teacher to record my pieces and as necessary "sections" to learn and develop my technique and memory.
Secondary purposes are traditional listening and email recordings of my daughters music work (one plays the piano and the other the bagpipes).
I suffer from dyslexia, which has some advantages (no one wants to play scramble with me, as I usually win (if they help my laying out the letters in the correct order)), but there are some disadvantages.
This tool is not to be a substitution for learning to read music, but one to assist my development.
In fact, if I have develop a memory for the tonal pattern, I can spend more time, validating my notes, articulation, dynamics and technique against the actual score.
Other notes that may interest others:
1. My wife and I are engineers.
2. We believe and encourage the arts, and see it as an important part of our children's education.
3. My youngest daughter plays the piano and I participate. (My wife works with eldest duaghter and does the bagpipe support).
4. I practice each morning for an hour. A good way to start the day. Also, as the day ends, my ability to read degrades significantly, and reading music becomes very tough. After dinner playing has to be reserved to pieces I know from memory or scales.
5. I really enjoy playing.
A interesting feature from mixing left and right, in mid song, I will seamlessly switch clef orientation, id est
my left hand will play the treble (G)clef and my right hand will play the bass (F) clef.