I keep playing and writing looking forward to the end of this pandemic when I can think of playing with others again.
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I might. I've been on a weird dual delay with dual reverb kick recently. I still goof around with riff-rock things and grooves, but ambient is becoming part of my routine.I've played guitar off and on for 50 years starting when I was a teenager. (yeah, I'm old!)
I have always played solo guitar, and never had any desire to be in a band or to entertain an audience. And that's a good thing, because probably no one would like the the ambient music that I write except me!
What do you think you'll do with those recordings when they're done?I just enjoy it and get a good sense of accomplishment when I learn something new. It's cathartic, I'd probably go nuts without it. I gigged 1-2x a month for the past few years and have a love/hate thing with it, but improvising over a loop or working on a new song never gets old. Home recording is the way to go for me right now.
I'm used to not playing out regularly, other than the bi-weekly band rehearals/jam sessions our group was doing for three years. Our singer moved just before quarantine and I had also hooked up with a new band of musicians mere days before everything shut down.For me, I used to play out regularly but over time it became impossible to commit to live playing due to my career, so in recent years I'd mainly go to jam sessions to scratch that itch. I feel those sessions really gave me a push in the pursuit of becoming a better player/musician, which for a while was very inspiring.
However, with Covid disrupting everything for the foreseeable future, plus the fact that my local jams were becoming stale before lockdown anyway (e.g. playing with the same people who've exhausted the same licks and the same songs over and over), it has caused me to sit back and think of other ways to find inspiration to play or other avenues to go down creatively.
Obviously playing guitar is a gift in itself and it's great for general happiness, wellbeing, and so on, so I'm eager to hear those takes as well to consolidate that idea. But I guess in short, I'm just interested to see other perspectives that I may never have considered before, especially when a lot of us are in the same boat where it's not possible to play out currently.