Here is the latest effort. Really just started out with me trying to write a simple repeating bass riff (of course all of my riffs are simple and repeating haha).
But in this case I wanted to work on a few things:
- Try to use 3 fretting fingers instead of my usual 2
- Use at least 2 strings so I can continue to practice my floating thumb technique
(new to me- just started trying that about a month ago since the Ray has no thumb rest)
- Try not to stare at my fretting the ENTIRE time
So in order to do that, the easiest solution was to write something with notes close together so my hand could stay in the same relative position. I tried a couple of takes without looking at all with results not too bad- but invariably, without looking I would eventually veer off slightly left or right and hit a partially ugly sound! (but with practice, should get easier) So in the end, I just compromised in order to get through it smoothly and just tried to avert my eyes away from the neck here and there.
I was able to pick out some similar guitar notes that fit what the bass was doing. However, while running through it a couple of times, a weird thing happened. I was able to improvise a bit by continuing to play nearby notes on those same 2 strings and it magically sounded ok on top of that bass groove. I’m lacking in theory, but it is cool to stumble into some improv territory by accident and come out on the other side.
Last thing I did was to add a little Korg accents.