Things are chugging away slowly on the guitar front, it's been school holidays here in Oz and the family and I managed to get away for a week, nice! I was hoping during the week my left pinky would get better...a vain hope because it has been giving me problems for a few months now.
Basically when I was transcribing/practising Naudo's "Something", which has a few left pinky stretches, I overdid it and pulled a ligament/tendon/muscle. About three months ago. At first it mildly hurt when I played, so I pushed through, but then after a few months it was still there. I knew I needed to rest it, but I wasn't going to stop playing guitar for weeks!
I did the same to my thumb last year. I think it was around 3-4 months where it didn't feel right, but it is fine now. I don't know how many of you out there have had the same affliction, but I'm quite annoyed, and in fact mildly concerned about it. You think when you play the guitar you'll be able to play like that, and better, forever! I follow an older chap Ed on youtube, great fingerstyler, but suffers from arthritis and you can see in his playing. The skills are all there but the arthritis is crippling his playing. Take note - we should all enjoy it, cherish it, use it, while we have it. I guess that can be said about many things.
Meantime, "Something" is transcribed/re-arranged. I know I put a snippet on a while back, the hard part has been the solo. I first tried to do the original Harrison solo, but it just wouldn't fit. So I turned to what Naudo did as a solo - it's only about 6 bars - and transcribed that. When I say "transcribe" in terms of Naudo, that almost means "re-arrange". It's not possible for me to work out every minute detail of his playing it's just too complex, so I grab the major concepts put them into my style and tab it out.
You know what? Pure genius. The guy, well, he is a genius. I can't stop playing those six bars - it's just so beautiful, emotional - I have to play it over and over again, even though I've pretty much nailed it. It's hard to explain, but I'm sure everybody understands when you get some bit of a song stuck in your head and have to play it/listen to it over and over like it was some drug addiction. And it doesn't have to be anything new, it might be a song you've heard many times but you've only just now really _got_ it, and you can't get enough.
I'll probably churn out a youtube vid of it this month, I think you'll all appreciate the song and the tab. Naudo is best! :)
I don't have anything else I'm working on at the moment...Dark Side of the Moon is on hold at the moment (I get bursts of passion for it). One thing I've toyed with over the past coupla years is some Rolling Stones covers; in fact I can mostly play two Stones arrangements. The problem is that they really need singing - they are really repetitive melodically and, sorry, _boring_ as fingerstyle. The answer I've decided is a three song medley - don't play too much of any one song, but expand three into a ~4 minute medley.
Alternatively I have an AC/DC song that I noodled together something that will work about 6 months ago. "Songs you wouldn't expect to hear on fingerstyle." I'll keep you posted! :)