I really dig the fact you are as young as you are and understand as much as you do about music. There is so much crap out there in your generation that gets shoved down your throat by Disney, and its not really music, at least how we would describe it or understand it. The more I learn the more I find out I don't know much, is a true statement. This is NOT a race but a process, true again. We all get something from it, it means more than a song or the popularity, or the chicks or even the free beer and cheese sticks. Its art and we are all artists to some extent, bedroom player or frequent gigger. In a year or two you'll have this down and be worried about something else. And when your 45, the same will be true. At least know this, you are ahead of a lot of guys three times your age and that's something to be proud of. I especially like the fact that when I'm dead you'll be teching 16 year olds on RUKIND the caged method of Jerry's lead playing. Jerry always believed this will live forever through the generations, and so far he's right.
The chord stuctures unlock a lot of secrets to lead playing, learning the basic structures, their root notes, the scale paths, and where you can form a D or C or any chord anywhere on the neck is important to my playing. If you have learned how to crawl around the neck in key, and don't know the positions or notes you are playing, I agree, you may want to take a few hours to study that. It is a tremendous help when you play things you're not so familiar with. Some songs won't follow the scale structures you are use to playing often. I learned that especially with Big railroad blues and Deal. A simple pentatonic or major/minor scale with a few chromatics doesn't cut it to sound like Jerry. Keep on Rockin Bro!!! Your moving in the right direction. One day all the free beer and cheap apitizers will be yours every weekend!
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