While I am getting much better at “Old Joe Clark,” and have started playing along with the rhythm tracks, I realized I have forgotten how to play a couple songs I had down pretty well, Minor Mingle. I love the way that sounds!
Problem #1: So I went back to them and kinda sorta struggled to relearn them. About 90% was right, but generally I get lost going from the A part to the B part. (I call it “rounding the curve.” I’m cruising along nicely when suddenly the road takes a sharp turn & I’m not quite ready for it!)
Problem #2: Banjo ADD. Now that I can play slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs & chokes, I keep thinking “Wouldn’t it sound great if I threw one in …here!”
Well, no it doesn’t, because that’s not what my newly acquired muscle memory wants to do. It always seems to be a last moment, split second decision and usually results in two techniques colliding in a spectacularly bad manner.
Problem #3: When the A part is repeated, I tend to forget if I played it once or if this is my second time around. Typically this happens when I’m playing with the rhythm tracks, so I end up screwing up everything.
Is this common to a newbie? or should I just say “Well, this is my personal preference?”