Re: Suggestions for recording equipment to aid in learning
I also use the zoom H2. It works great. One hint is to use MP3 instead of full wav files which I think it defaults too. They are much smaller and sound good enough for practice. If you want higher quality try MP3 at 192, but for normal practice I just use 96. I also have an additional memory card and I once left it recording for a couple days accidentally. It just kept on going.
It also helps to have DAW software, since navigating through those long MP3s on the Zoom can be quite difficult. Just plug the zoom (turned off) via USB cable into your computer, select "storage mode" so it acts as a hard drive, and copy the MP3 file to your computer.
Once in your DAW you have the full facilities of whatever DAW software you use where everything is much easier. I use Samplitude Pro, but most DAWs will work.
I create a reusable mastering compression setting for bringing up the softer parts of rehearsals (which is dialog) so you can hear the discussion as well as the music without riding the volume. If you regularly publish your rehearsal to your band like I do on dropbox, you may want to cut out all the BS dialog except for specific song instructions, or just include the last good version of each song, or cut out some offensive comments, and all this really requires DAW software to do easily.
Also a DAW is a good environment if you need to chart out, or loop for practicing sections. Good luck!