I’ve come to realize something. I’ve been making music for a few years now, and I still can’t actually play a single song! I typically compose a song in Logic, practice a phrase, record, practice another phrase, record, etc. And I can’t play one straight through.
That changes now.
Unless it’s an electronic song (a few of which are lurking up my sleeves) I’m learning it first, then recording a “live” version. Sometime later, if get the urge, I’ll arrange for multiple instruments and record another version.
This way I’ll actually build up a song book and not just look embarrassed when asked to play something. I’m also confident that my skills (playing and singing) will improve. 🙂