Crazy subject, I know. But not too far off from what I would like to know.
You have some very instructive videos about all manner of playing bluegrass guitar. My questions are pretty specific though and deal with your thought process when you are working out arrangements and when you are just jamming with your musician friends.
So here it is. When you are working out an arrangement, what are you thinking when you are putting the whole arrangement together? Are you thinking about always following the melody closely, or do you occasionally just put together a riff that starts and ends on the same notes as the melody would in the same measures? I know you have explained (in some detail) in your videos how to spruce up a melody, especially one that allows for lots of space between the notes (quarter notes and half notes in a melody), but what are you thinking (Ben Clark) when you fill in those licks/riffs? Are you working from a library of licks you have stored in your head, are you trying to syncopate the melody/riff to give rhythmic interest to the arrangement, are you just trying to hit important melody notes that might fall at the same time as your superimposed riff… or what?
And when you are jamming, are you thinking the same things as above or is there a completely different thought process happening? Do you feel more free to take more liberties with the melody during a jam and in turn feel freer to just have some fun? Or is it important to you to continue to stay close to the melody during a jam?
So to the questions above… What is your thought process, what do you think and do… and why do you think/do that?
Thanks in advance!