Yesterday I mentioned that I had some thoughts about playing guitar, and I've come to realise a few simple facts that have helped me over the last few months.
The pentatonic notes and scales are essential knowledge, they always sound good, and knowing how to use them is great. Knowing all the positions and how to move around the fretboard has highlighted to me that I should have learnt it all much earlier.
Now that I know it, and I know other scales I can lay over the top it becomes clear that as you play, and you're targeting notes to find a resolution to a phrase, that the incidental notes that are in addition to the pentatonic notes aren't the best notes to end on. Ending a phrase on a pentatonic note provides, to my ears at least, a far greater sense of melody to my playing.
In relation to phrasing, and this was highlighted to me as someone liked one of my videos so I decided to check them out. They were trying to play all the notes, and their phrases were poorly defined with no real clear resolution, I found it difficult to listen to. What I then started to notice is that multiple 'phrases' can be played back to back, and at a decent speed, but if you've generated your own style and there is intent behind the notes then the little phrases all contribute to the whole. I've been working on trying to phrases and just get used to be playing a bunch of different ones and giving the notes all their own room to breathe.
All in all, I have had a rather transcendent time playing guitar recently, and I feel like I've learnt more over the last 4 months than probably the last 4 years, though that might not be completely accurate. I'm going to try and find some examples, and intersperse them throughout the week.
Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites!