Actually, people listen the music itself!
Edited or unedited...nobody care really...
If they like it - they do not care if it is edited , and if they do not like it - they do not care if it is unedited...
Hey, who do you like to listen (honestly)?
- Someone, not edited, player whose sound is not good, playing not professional, who is making many squeaks and noises, who do not reflects of composers ideas, or plays his/her own (boring) compositions with bad sound, uneven, without rhythm etc.
- or work of master, with great sound, lot of expression, which also happens to be slightly edited?
Who would say that he/she prefer "honest" but ugly sounding unprofessional playing, to work of master, which also happens to be slightly edited - and if they say that - then wouldn't it sound like not honest answer by itself ?...
It is an absurd to prefer "honesty" in such way...
Honesty is absolutely irrelevant term here.
It is only relevant if recording is done with the purpose of comparing your own playing - if one improve or not... and even that is very strange... - why someone need to record himself for that? Can't he/she compare him/herself with himself using his/her ears?
Maybe he/she needs advice how to play better? OK. that is legitimate purpose.
But why someone like that want to compare his/her attempts in process of learning with finished works of ART?
It is probably necessary to distinguish here:
1. recording of pupils for teachers
2. and recording as producing finished work of ART.
in the first case - yes honesty is necessary for progress
in the second case - honesty is irrelevant, because ART is not a process of learning, or sport competition,
ART is not reality, or not an exact reflection of reality, but creative, ARTIFICIAL construction,mix of ideas, visions, emotions etc.
It is a good article in WIKI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art
but this article got it wrong too!
WIKI claims that Music , theatre, film, dance - performing arts.
Music was performing art (except for composers who wrote music on paper) before recording and editing were possible .
Now it should be separated into performance of music and recording of it.
It is to different arts, even it is necessary to be professional musician even if you do only recording!
It is also great blessing, because it is possible now to reach wide audience even without playing concerts all the time as it was necessary even in very recent time.
It is possible now for one person to work alone in this ART and to complete your ideas and present them to listeners, as a finished Audio piece of Art.
You do not depend any more on agents, producers, managers, critics, publishers, who otherwise would impose on you their agendas, and push you to satisfy appetites of public and their, not yours, understanding and conceptions about art and music.
Therefore recorded music is not performing art, but ART more like painting, except if it is recording of actual performance.