Rusty the Scoob wrote:No idea if this will help or not...
For me I try to practice so that when I'm at my worst, my playing is still pretty good. I work hard at raising the quality of my shittiest playing and am constantly identifying and attacking my weaknesses. The magic moments come from there, and you can't force them to happen, but you can certainly force the music to not suck.
I was forcing some stuff instead of laying back.Rushing thru my phrasing.
I do record everything and I try to identify my weakness - I think it helps a bit
Rusty the Scoob wrote:
As far as the band not gelling, I have a different perspective on that because making the band gel IS my job. If a guitar or keyboard player doesn't know the song I'll lead them through it - preface every chord with a climb up from a V right before it and really telegraph the changes. I don't like to yell chord changes at them, it screws me up too much since I'm typically not thinking of the note names as much as relative positions and the sound of the intervals and arpeggios, but I can certainly use leading tones to indicate where things are going. Climb up to things from V, highlight the b7 if you're going down a 5th, etc. If a drummer is struggling with a beat I'll simplify what I'm doing, stop being melodic and pound that quarter note and hold the tempo steady until he finds it. But in a practice room I don't chase the magic... it's just not really why I'm there. I'm there to fix any band problems, because only once those are gone the magic has a chance of happening.
Those are good points bro
When I get lost I like to hang on someone who has the tune down and it is usually the bass or drums
I am rhythmically challenged and not that great at picking up diff grooves until its been practiced
Melodic/Harmonic - I am still trying to break out of sounding boring and bland ... I can stay in key and can get around the fretboard decent or ok but getting the sizzle going is sometimes tough.
Been thinking about solo composition more and more - where to start the solo -where to end - how to build up and tension
Works in progress