I spent 35 years in radio. So I’m comfortable with wearing headphones when I perform.
And I think it’s an absolute must that you get comfortable with that as well – I don’t agree one bit with performance coaches who tell you to avoid it.
If you don’t wear earbuds or headphones, you can’t monitor your work as you perform it, effectively doubling the amount of time it takes you to get something recorded, then playing it back to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes.
And once you do get used to having earbuds on when you record, you can use their volume control to your advantage. Here’s how.
Hope this helps!