I have been back seriously incorporating my guitar learning into my daily life where possible. I have had two really big moments in the last two days!! The first happened yesterday when I recorded a few chords using my new loop pedal (boss rc-3) I thought they were just "random" in that I wasn't really thinking about it when I started strumming them. They were as follows: D, A, D, A, a few times and then G, E and back to D. I started to try and "noodle" over the progression but this time without thinking too much about pentatonics and scales. (it seems when I do it never sounds musical) okay so this is what happened. Although a hit a few bad notes I started to feel and see where the good notes belonged. Now that has started to happen in the past BUT this time I actually took the time to really say the notes out loud and figure out what they were. What I realized was that I was playing the C# and the F# as they just sounded better with the chords. That made me realize that I was playing in "D" After that I knew that I had to just avoid the C and the F and play the respective sharps and most of what I came up with sounded right and more importantly it sounded musical!!!! This was the first time that I actually did both: noodled without thinking about scales but then figuring out what key so that it was more then just random jumps around the fretboard. This also helped me remember the notes in many places. i Have tried various techniques to memorize the fretboard and most of the time I forget except for a few places that stuck in my head. This made it make sense using it in a "key"...
The next part of the epiphany came tonight. I was using Easy Pop Melodies ( a book I long put away) For the first time EVER I really got the beauty of this book and the beauty of this looper. I started with Titanic and I played the entire song using the chords and following precisely the rythmn (meaning holding all the chords for teh correct duration etc)
Then I played the melody using the looper playing the chords and I honestly couldn't believe how good it sounded. Well that's not the ephiphany part. this is: After going to the next song which happens to be the first song in the book (elton john's Can you Feel the Love) and doing the same procedure: Recorded the song using the looper by playing the chords. Then like before I played the melody using the notes in the book BUT then after doing that for about 5 song cycles I got a little bored and decided to just try and improvise using by following the chords of the song and even some of the notes written in the music. OH MY GOSH it sounded so good. I felt like Steve (of course I didn't sound like him lol) but it felt like when he plays a song that we have the music too but all of a sudden there's a lot of improvisation going on. That's what it felt like. I was actually doing it. I was improvising parts of that melody with all sorts of other little licks and NONE of it sounded bluesy or pentatonic like or scale like...I then moved away from the first position and started to just find those same little licks and such (even parts of the original melody) on different parts of the fretboard!!!! I can't tell you how happy this makes me. For the first time I can picture that if I had a gig and didn't want to "SING" for 3 hours (which is hard and I've done it) then I could do some of this type of stuff ( of course I need more practice but I think it's in my grip!!) I can actually use this in my repertoire and if just feels so good to do!!!! THIS IS A HUGE GOAL!! That looper is worth it's weight in Gold....and SO my friends is this Course!!! btw I'm almost done with session 15. I just have to Mastery that first of the two jam alongs. I have all the others down!!!
God Bless and thanks for letting me share!!