The hidden drawback of recording your lesson
Learning is a balancing act and recording and revisiting a lesson can be part of integrating a new activity or information.
Ideally, by the end of a lesson are closer to coordinating a skill than you were at the beginning. You will have gone through transitions and transformations, you will have changed your #Proprioception so that your body will integrate over the coming days. You are closer to locking in a process that will serve you well. (We'll talk about how this happens in another blog post.)
One reason to record your voice lessons is to free yourself to pay attention, to be in the moment, to let your body absorb what's going on in the lesson. The plan is to go back to watch or listen, to pick up little details you may have missed and to remind yourself of what to do and what to avoid. You can register your progress and identify the results of when you get it "right" and when you get it "wrong."
The Potential Drawback:
When you see or hear something it can affect you as if you were actually doing the activity. This is a form of #Practicing. When you revisit a lesson in a recording, you are revisiting yourself before the transformations you found in your lesson. You're reminding your body, your subconscious, of how you did something before. So in essence, when you're listening to or watching the way you did something before, you're practicing it the way you did it before. Depending on how and when you listen or watch, you could be locking old patterns back into your body. So listening or watching a recording of a lesson can be a counterproductive waste of the hard earned money, energy and time you spent on the lesson.
It's all very individual, so pay attention to how your body reacts as you listen to your lesson. Do you feel your body re-working the old patterns? Do you find yourself repeating the same material with your teacher from lesson to lesson? If yes, change your approach.
Try this great lesson review hack as a substitute for reviewing a recording:
At the end of your lesson, reserve a little time to review by taking some notes. Summarize what you learned in your own words. Keep in mind that isolated vocal resonance work takes a certain type of brain and body function and it may be difficult to shift gears and find the words to describe what you learned.
Ask your coach or teacher to help you be clear about what you are writing down, so later you'll understand what you wrote.
Make sure to print or write in long-hand. Stay away from computer note-taking, unless you want to transfer your handwritten notes as part of your integration process. (Stay tuned for another blog post coming about the advantages of analog note taking.)
Make sure to write down any metaphors or details of how something felt that will remind you of what to do and what to avoid.
Include symbols in your notes (like stick figures, or circles and arrows). Representing ideas with symbols can help information stick and integrate.
Note taking is a way to avoid re-activating the old technique AND it's a way to efficiently get the mentally retrievable information into your memory banks.
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