Using your ears rather than your eyes is fundamental to success as a sound engineer.
Jon Burton demonstrates that moving your microphone around is the best way to get the sound you want before reaching for the EQ. Don’t just put your mic where you think it looks right. Using a single Shure SM57, Sennheiser MD421 and AKG C414 we can clearly hear that with a bit of experimentation, you can get a great sound with a single microphone. You can also save time (and phase shift) on EQing by getting the basic recording right.