This is either the best Onion-esque skewering post of TGP or the absolute most TGP post of all time.
Get your hearing checked, played that long can effect your sense of high end. Ask me how I know, lol.
Seriously though, before you reconstruct your rig get a quick hearing check.
Is it possible that your tone is actually great but your standards have gone up, and nuances that never would have bothered you before are now driving you crazy? […]
That was my first thought.Is it possible that your tone is actually great but your standards have gone up
I play in a cover band. What I mean is that I try to adhere to the original recordings as closely as I can unless we have a section of a song specifically set aside for extended jamming/improv.Not sure if this is parody or not
When you say " knowing my parts "....do you mean you just copy and parrot the music of others ? You need to create on your own....
Get your yourself a looper pedal lay down some chord changes and learn to improvise creatively....
And like the other poster said.....listen to some jazz....
Thank you. This is a good point. I have had my hearing checked it it is fine. I also make it a point to always wear ear plugs when playing in a band context.I was going to say the same thing. I don't think it would cause all of the OP's concerns, but it could be a major contributor.
Everyone seems very positive about my playing. Lots of compliments that I think are sincere. But standards for good playing are pretty low where I live. It’s not Nashville. LolGood point.... OP, what do others say about or hear in your playing?
I’ve at times played what I thought was cliched or rote (note selection/ phrasing etc., not my tone per se) and others reacted to it positively.
What do people whose ears you trust think?
I like this idea. Doesn’t have to be jazz. But different than your norm. For an extended period I didn’t listen to any guitar centric music. I stole my riffs from bassists, pianists, and mostly, horn sections. Listen to Jaco Pastorius, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Palmieri, etc. Focus on the instruments they highlight.
You need to think with your crotch while playing. You’ve got to be a little bit obnoxious sometimes. Often, a perfectly tasteful, part specific solo is called for, other times you just have to CC Deville that **** if for nothing else than just to knock the cobwebs off. I was in a rut recently with guitar playing then started listening to Wu-Tang Clan. Something about the rhythms, production just shook me loose.