Clearly those cobwebs have extended to my flying fingers on the keyboard as well as the fretboard … somehow managed to post the reply before I was done. Was perplexed for a moment until I relinquished the PC to my gaming son, came to my laptop, and noticed that it hadn’t disappeared but had been prematurely posted. So to get back to it …
@brianlarsen you never disappoint, Brian, packaging up feedback and encouragement with lots of additional fun snippets. Shelob was not on my mind and have to say, I’m no Aragorn, nor Gandalf (perhaps a hint of Merlin on a good day). Now our @TheMadman_tobyjenner may well be familiar with Boris (and should probably move on from that name) but I’ve only heard the odd popular song from The Who. While I am a Purple lover and appreciate the talents of Roger Glover, I don’t recall ever listening to the Butterfly Ball, nor did I know anything of his personal life. So far so good to have the Butterfly Ball as the musical accompaniment to this reply. Equally happy to be back!
@Mari63 thanks Mari, I feel I need to develop my vocabulary, work harder at learning and (more importantly) using more licks. But shall not let that dull my happiness, ever onward, slow and steady.
@TheCluelessLuthier thanks Mark, good to be up and riding again
@Richard_close2u yeah, not sure what impulse led me to push the music stand back so the composition was head and guitar. Normally the certain knowledge of concentration (rather than emotional immersion) based guitar face makes me close crop such videos. This was just another positive step to be celebrated and enjoyed as I get back to everyday life again.
@DarrellW had to google ‘gurning’ Darrell, and while my expressions and tongue-action are cringe inducing, grotesque is probably too strong, so will opt for guitar-face I am being mindful of my own energy but also, at the advice of my doc, not sitting back and spending too much time just sitting.
@liaty thanks Dave, glad it sounded good to you.
@adi_mrok thanks Adrian. So right, being mindful of breathing space, note lengths, and technique (at least slides and double-stops on the acoustic) is quickly caught up in the cobwebs.
@LievenDV thanks Lieven, so good to be getting back.
@TheMadman_tobyjenner great tune, Toby, don’t worry, I am being smart, following doctors orders. Have to say I am glad I did this when was young (relatively speaking). It would be a much tougher recovery with another decade behind one (assuming I’d have gotten there).
@CT thanks Clint, your mindset is an inspiration to me, to push oneself to be creative and expressive as one learns, not just replicating songs (though I do that as well to aid in the developing of ability), especially when it comes to lead play. Thanks for the food for thought, it is helpful. I think I have come across that relationship between the major and minor pentatonic scales. The fretboard diagram makes it clear and is something to try. I also probably didn’t prepare well enough for this by studying the chord tones of each chord in the progression. I was trying to target and resolve to the root but the jam would improve by accenting chord tones throughout the progression. As @stitch often points out, improvisations are the result of preparation to necessarily spontaneously made up on the fly. And at my play-grade, the preparation would payoff. I have the loop saved so will work up to another go using the major positions.