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My guitar buddy George and I had a little jam session out in the garage today, with social distancing and a 1300w heater....but sadly, its starting to look like the end of jam season in Canada is coming real soon...
Anyway, we got to talking about the difference in perception between what you hear when you listen to yourself play.... and what you hear when you listen to somebody else play...
George started it by talking about how when he plays, he still hears the former rock/blues guitarist that he used to be...
.... but I don't hear that at all when I hear him!
And I got to talking about how I never feel like I'm a "real" gypsy guitar player when I play... (not only that, but I'm actually trying to sound more like "myself" and less like "a gypsy"... but George says, no, dammit, you do sound very gypsy-ish.... a surprise to me!)
I remember reading somewhere about Django listening to some of his early HCQ sides, and being childishly surprised and ecstatic about what he heard.
So therefore I am going to go out on a limb and conjecture that whatever Django heard as he was listening to himself play was, in some mysterious way, very different from what Django heard when he listened to a recording of himself... and probably, very different from what WE hear when we hear Django...who knows?
Maybe sometimes Django even listened to recordings of himself and thought... "Oh, man, why did I do THAT?"
A similar example--- John Lennon....
... widely regarded as one of rock's greatest singers... surprisingly.... hated his own voice...
I suppose that 99% of us hate our speaking voice when we hear a recording of ourselves, don't we?
But w.t.f.... John Lennon, too?
Come on! You gotta be kidding me!
So, anyway, what do you think?
Have you ever experienced this odd disconnect between 'perception' and 'reality'...?
Or am I crazier than I thought?