.....as well as humble, depress and occasionally bore yourself. Record! Now, I KNEW this.....used to do it all the time, but I stopped years ago. Other than cd projects, etc, I rarely would record and listen back critically. I just picked up a handy little Zoom H2 and started bringing it to gigs. It's been.....ummm...interesting. You may THINK you sound like A....but actual proof will reveal you actually sound like B....or more likely X Y or Z! The toughest part is doing the really serious listening. Don't get caught up in "Do I sound good?"...but "How's my time", "Are we all locking", "Is what I'm playing appropriate", "Tuning??"..etc, etc. For me, the big UH-OH has been time issues. Not obvious, out of time stuff, just where I'm placing the note in the groove vs where I THINK I'm placing it. As mentioned in another thread, I've been really surfing that upper edge of the beat, unconsciously........too much country playing.....I need some soul injections! lol It's a pretty tough, self-involved process......but I think if I can get through without slicing off my ears, it will be ultimately a huge help. Proceed at your own risk! - Jim PS...I put some clips from my 1st night recording up in the Sound Clips section, if you want to laugh along.