David. Your technique and feel for the 12-bar vibe is coming along nicely.
The more you do the better you get.
My ear gets a little prickle at some of the licks though.
You don’t mention about the backing but I presume it is a 12-bar blues in A and you are using the A minor pentatonic throughout.
Regarding the first series of licks, which get repeated over the A, D and E chords.
You are playing:
If it sounds good it is good. To my ears, I must be honest, putting those repeating bends / curls on the root note to bend it slightly sharp isn’t sounding good.
Is that one of the licks from the series that Toby has shared?
Also, you slide upto the start of the lick, from very far away. Perhaps try sliding in from just a couple of frets below and hit the slide / first note with some real attack and bite, confidently.
RE: Justin’s lessons on Pattern 2.
Check what he stresses from 12:56 in the video lesson about bending the B string.
There’s some good form in the mid-section and the refrains you develop and use during some turnarounds are working well.
You give a nice change up in attack with the sliding double-stops. Simple and effective.
@brianlarsen thank goodness it’s not a race, Brian. I think the tortoise has been lapped multiple times. But I am happily keeping at it.
@jk thanks, JK, I shall bank and celebrate ‘Definitely bluesy!’
@Richard_close2u thanks for the feedback and encouragement Richard. Appreciate the various suggestions and specific moments well done.
Yes, other than I think one or two ‘passing’ notes aka mistakes
That is one of Justin’s 5 licks: slide into 5 b7 1. The intention was vibrato, rather than a curl or semi-tone bend. Good on which notes on the G B e strings can bent to hit notes in the scale plus maybe the b5
That was the full bend D->E D C A E A
I’ve read that. For now I’m happy to play the licks in reasonable and become more comfortable. Then triplets and more shuffle I think would be good and to play the blues with more feeling as you suggest.
Some nice motifs in there. This had an exploratory and experimental kind of vibe to it. You hit a cool slidey bit and rode with it, explored vibrato, and traversed the fret board as well. You ticked off a couple of boxes and put together a fine outing. A lot to like here, sir!
OK got it around the 2:22 mark. But I recognise some other phrases I have used, so that means you must be getting them right. Now you’ve explained the vibrato on those first few “bends” it makes sense and you may be taking them a little too far but easy to amend.
Definitely making progress and moving in the right direction but like Darrell I have the odd resolution query here and there and you did use the get out of jail root to save a couple of them so you are spotting when its not quite right and correcting on the fly which is good.
Regards Richard’s comments about 1/4s and 1/8s I had a flashback to some of my early impros and similar feedback. I always used to say I wasn’t happy as I felt I sounded wooden, Mr C gave similar advice then but it took me a while to move away from that habit and develop a better feel for the backing tracks I was using. In fact there are times when drift back in that direction but its something you will improve on in time, as the licks get more comfortable under your fingers you will develop a better or different way to express them. BTW not saying you were wooden its how I felt about myself in the early days.
But keep doing what you are doing and absorbed the feedback and incorporate that into your practice and you’ll keep moving forward.
Something to get you thinking about and working on triplets.
I have created an audio track at three speeds to listen to and practice with, an accompanying pdf of the full TAB plus an annotated page to help you count the beats, especially the triplets. Hopefully the annotations on page 1 will allow you to annotate the full TAB if you need it.