Since you are recording alone, the pressure you are feeling is self-induced. Typically when it comes to recording, musicians feel pressure for a variety of reasons:
- The take has to be perfect because of the cost of the studio.
- The take has to be perfect because of their reputation / job.
- The take has to be perfect because time is limited.
- The take has to be perfect because it is a representation of them, and they want the best representation of them out there for
the public. (who doesn't?)
Though this list is not exhaustive, it can provide some insight into why people will record a track over and over again until it's just right.
For me personally, I know that I will re-record something a hundred times if I need to in order to get the take that I want. Eric Johnson, a notable guitarist, is famous for spending hours and hours and hours just getting his tone right before he does any recording, and even then it takes forever.
So, how do we get around this?
I think I have a few suggestions that could help:
- Know your material - cold. Be able to pick up your guitar and play what you want to play with no warmup at all. It should be easy and reflexive. If you are actively thinking about your playing while you record, that hesitancy will come out on the recording.
- Get more experience recording in a variety of situations - different recording studios or friends with setups. Or maybe just taking your own equipment to different locations. Providing different contexts will give your brain a more comprehensive understanding of the recording process, and therefore should reduce the pressure of the process.
- Record a throw-away track. Recording throw-away tracks are a great way to flex your muscles without pressure. You know you're not going to use the track anyway, so whatever happens, happens. If it turns out for the better, then great! The nice thing about having your own little setup is that you aren't dependent on studio time, so that eliminates that pressure. When I record, I like to record 3 or 4 throw-away tracks before I do the "real thing". Sometimes I end up liking one of the earlier tracks better - even though it might have a couple flaws.
This list is not comprehensive by any means, but hopefully it allows you to approach your sessions with a different perspective.
Hope that helps!