I am very happy you posted this “reminder” - for all of us to consider.
As for me… I did work quite a bit on getting the Foggy Lick and G lick down as well as just practicing on Rolls. I also have dedicated myself to just slowing down to “play it clean” - as well as mentronome work for tempo consistency.
For ME (and maybe it is just me), I’d much rather hear a slower delivery that is cleanly played versus a rapid-fire rushed approach that is sloppy.
I know the speed will come with time.
Then, there is the focus on melody notes. I think I have embraced this more throughout the year also. Definitely room to improve… but the notes sound more musical when I pay attention to this from @BanjoBen ‘s advice.
I will be totally honest, I remembered most of what I wrote but admit that I didn’t consciously hammer these point THROUGHOUT the year.
However, maybe putting them here must have had an impact because I feel I made progress in each!
I will also admit that I have had a number of distractions that did slow my progress…
Newly-built home (too much to do there!), new job, and the joyful distraction of playing my new Mando…
Thanks for revisiting this…