Thanks for the reply. As for my guitar journey, it all started because I have always loved to sing, from about the time I was 5 or 6 years old. One problem…I was terrified to sing in front of other people, to the point my knees would shake. So, when I was around 20, I bought my first guitar, hoping that having an instrument to hide behind would help my fears. After messing with it for maybe a year and finding I was still terrified, I put it down. It wasn’t until 16 years or so later that I decided to give it another shot. So, I have been back on the guitar since May 2020, a little over a year. I was still terrified of singing, but decided I wasn’t going to quit this time. Low and behold, I woke up a few months ago, and the fear was totally gone! I feel like I could sing and the Grand Ole Opry now and it not bother me, which has really motivated me to get better on the guitar.
As for right now, songs that I can sing, I basically just do rhythm strums (boom-chuck) with maybe a bass run or two in between chords. I also spend about 10 minutes per day on right hand rhythm practice, dampening the strings and focusing solely on my right hand with a metronome. I then do some scale work (trying to get all the major and major pentatonic scales down first), then will work on some flatpicking. I also go to 2-3 jams per week (I’m lucky to live in a bluegrass heavy part of the country), and play/sing there for 1.5-3 hours, depending. What I would like to see happen is for me to develop a solid rhythm, with fills and runs thrown in, to supplement my singing. Soloing may be something I push for down the road, but I am primarily a singer, so I think rhythm should come first. I like to use Billy Strings and Chris Stapleton to illustrate what I mean. In my opinion, Billy is a guitar player who happens to sing, while Chris is a singer who happens to play guitar. I’m more in the Chris Stapleton camp, though I am nowhere near the talent that he is. That’s not to take anything away from either Billy or Chris’ singing OR playing abilities, but it seems fairly obvious to me that Billy is a player first, while Chris is a singer first. I try to be realistic, and realize that where I am in life (raising a family, working a full time job, starting so late, etc.) is going to limit the amount of time I can spend, and therefore my development will be slower than I like. I’ve come to terms with that, but still want to maximize the time I do have.
I’m sorry for the long reply, and if I’ve left something out, let me know and I’ll fill you in, but I felt like telling the whole story would be more helpful in letting you, and the others who have offered their advice, in understanding the big picture as I see it.