I use my phone...which ain't all that good, but is simple.
Thanks Dusty and Jan,
So, I'm such a dinosaur I didn't even know there was voice recording software on my computer.
I went with the Snowball mic, got a decent video cam since a lot of my dulcimers need to be seen too~! :-)
Jan, you were right the sound quality with the onbard mic isn't great but works, that's why I went with the Snowball, Thanks for the recommendation on that Dusty, Has a lot of great reviews.
I can finally start posting some embarassing clips of me playing badly!!
I have just been using the voice recorder on my laptop. I started a free account at soundcloud. When I make a recording I name it and stick it in a folder in some easy-to-find place in my computer. When I log into soundcloud I select the "Upload" button, and bring up the folder and song. Then, after it's on Soundcloud, I say I now want to share it and copy the address, and any other pertinent information. In FOTMD I go to my page and select Audio and add a soundclip from Soundcloud and paste in the address i'd copied. That's one way to do this.
That being said, my sound quality isn't good, but I cared more about actually getting something recorded and preserved than having a polished product. It's more of a matter of how much time I wanted to spend working with it and what would be a sequence that would be easy for me to follow and learn.
This may not answer you question, exactly, but I thought I'd go ahead and explain what I was doing!
I struggled with this issue for a while until I eventually broke down and bought a Zoom H4N. A handheld device that runs on batteries, it makes CD-quality recordings and only takes a few minutes of reading the manual (or watching a YouTube video) to figure out how to use its basic functions.
However, that item is kind of pricey. Luckily there are lots of good mics that you can use with your laptop. The Blue Snowflake and Blue Snowball are pretty popular. I had the Snowflake at one point. I also bought a Samson Go Mic that works the same way. It's tiny but it makes a great recording, and you don't have to be right in front of the thing to get clear sound.
All of those items can be used with the sound recording software that comes with your laptop or iPad but are much better than the internal microphone.
Also, please note that there is a whole Group here at FOTMD devoted to Home Recording and I'm sure you'll get better advice there.