16 years is adding time to the clock, I'd be interested to hear what you feel you have accomplished and what you excel at in music thus far to get more of a grasp on how to help. I am a self taught player, and I never really cared for theoretical teaching per-se up until a few of my own found walls...
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16 years is adding time to the clock, I'd be interested to hear what you feel you have accomplished and what you excel at in music thus far to get more of a grasp on how to help. I am a self taught player, and I never really cared for theoretical teaching per-se up until a few of my own found walls and would regard myself as someone who has a real knack for music. Some people are great learners, some are great writers, or technically able and unable to write, or even listen to their own music for the fact they approach guitar like a pokies machine! There all all kinds, and types and a lot of what is good for one might not be good for the other? There are so many kinds of musical traits and we all struggle with different aspects. I sure have my struggles, but perseverance and creativity can either fix or hide them...
I found your comment interesting and relate-able. I never use picks myself, so I wont comment on right hand technique for that, other than practice more and more and more until it's as natural as getting off gnomesayin, but practice and you can do all kinds of **** with a bit of plastic, feels awkward for ages. I favour the use my forefinger and thumb with nails to emmulate a pick personally, or just purely fingerpick if its getting jazzy.
When I'm in a rutt, I try to envision the sound I want to create, I will run up and down direly until I can find one root note of whatever it is that is trying to come out that could play a part in what you want to go from, and slowly expand without a care in the world about how miserably far from it it might be, the point is just getting lost, sometimes. The only thing guarenteed in music is that you will make mistakes, and sometimes you accidentally hit something waaaaaaaaaaay off, and you go, "hey that sounded, that sounded like the note I've been looking for for that other song"... I mean, imagine you're shooting a bow and arrow and you're trying to hit a rabbit, chances are you'll miss, but who knows what you'll find on the way to ever finding your arrow? I try to apply this in all aspects of life and it's especially valuable in music. Learn how to use ugly notes, if they sound ugly you are combining them with bad matches, no? Playing clinically has its drawbacks sometimes, but music is highly mathematical and the answers are often found in scales. It can be as simple as just calculating what works and what doesn't which takes time, you figured that part out, but how much time does it take to get better? That's up to us hey. But... well like I kind of insinuate, I'm no expert in the whole theoretical side of music, but if I can't find what I'm chasing I either keep looking, or sometimes change my tuning or straight up give up or try to shift my angles.
I learned some basic jazz chord progressions and my soloing increased tenfold just by learning some chords, sounds too easy? It wasnt really. Namely, Jazz chords are nasty as **** to finger but they are highly moveable up and down and can capture just about any feeling in the spectrum of sound, but why were they good for soloing? The introduced me to all kinds of voicing and shapes which weren't intuitive or ... ugh.. I dont know. Champagne block. But the shapes and weird matches opened up a little highway of possibilities I'd probably never have found on my own, or in a few more years. Literally almost every jazz chord can sound musical if every note is picked musically, and it opens up scales in musical ways - not as clinical as learning a scale note for note but it's all useful if you can find a way to value it and that's the hard part, how to apply.
But uh, yeah I don't know maybe I'm misunderstanding your question, that you struggle with solos and scales, but I get the feeling you struggle with learning and committing and motivating yourself to apply them? I totally have that. But I can still get freaky and I feel like maybe I can answer your plea to solo better, use your ear, and mind, and go slow until it builds into what you feel is a masterpiece, one stroke at a time.
If you commit your mind and dream big and act with perseverance, you will get there, you really will. It might not work out with your idea of what you envisioned but you will break through and I wish you all of the best, my advice? Keep trying to break outside of what you know, and learn to play everything you know backwards, that's a golden tip, everything sounds different backwards, mix it up and believe in yourself, and when you **** it up, don't be hard on yourself.
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