David Lamkins picked up his first guitar a long time ago. As best he can recall the year was 1967: the year of the Summer of Love. Four decades later David has conjured up an amalgam of folk, rock and jazz solo guitar music for the occasional intimate Portland audience.
location: Portland, OR USA

Facets: goals, motivation, music theory, recording, technique, @musings info

2006 in review

Back in January I set forth my musical goals for the year 2006. I've been doing this for the past five or six years; I find that it helps me both to understand my limitations as a musician and to appreciate my progress as a student and player. Now that the year is drawing to a close, it's time to review how I did in relation to those goals.

Learn to read and write.
I ended up doing nothing along these lines. Although it still seems like a good idea, I lack a compelling reason to invest my limited time in the pursuit of this goal.
Continue study and application of theory and development of technique.
I spent a lot of time on technique, and a bit of time on theory. This, however, was a minor focus over the past year.
Learn more about composition.
I made some small steps in this direction. Everything I did with respect to this goal was in the context of improvisation.
Begin to diversify my own material stylistically and rhythmically.
I think I'm starting to develop a bit more rhythmic versatility. On the other hand, my playing style is really becoming more inwardly focused.
Save (record or transcribe) musical ideas.
I've fired up the minidisc recorder a few times and have transcribed several chord charts. So technically I met this goal. However, a lot of good ideas went uncaptured.
Play with other musicians.
This is one that I can check off as done, although not with a feeling of satisfaction or accomplishment. I intend to continue this goal into 2007, but should define what I expect to get out of it.
Take some lessons.
Nope. Didn't do it. And I don't feel badly about that.
Program and use the sequencers.
I poked at these technological beasts a few times in an attempt to familiarize myself with their operation. But I didn't put in the sustained effort that would yield any demonstrable results. Perhaps I should carry this into 2007 as part of a larger goal.
Write songs.
Songs, no. Motifs, yes. What I've done is to expand my "library" of motifs that I use in my improvisational playing. This has certainly payed dividends. But so long as I don't have an organized ensemble, I don't particularly feel compelled to write songs.
Learn songs.
Snippets, yes. And those usually get mutated into motifs. But full songs... nope. No regrets. I don't seem to be headed in a direction where songs are important.

I did perform a few times during the year. Gradience invited me to sit in. I was on the Rosedrop Media Circus Podcast. The highlight, though, was a solo improv gig at the Carlton Winemakers' Studio for the Ribbon Ridge Winery.

On the gear front this was a fairly sedate year. I traded one amp for another more suited to my taste, bought a battery-powered amp to take to Burning Man and replaced my old Peterson tuner with a new model. I've churned through several pedals, ending up with three Visual Sound pedals and a Toadworks Redux.

I've pretty much given up on selling my ES-346 and Kritz. They're both fine guitars, neither one of which gets much playing time. I'll hang onto those unless someone comes along with a good offer; actively trying to sell these has caused me too much aggravation.

The Koll Custom DL Thinline and Fender Vibro-King still get 99.9% of my playing time. The second Koll (this one with P-90s and a Bigsby) is getting closer to completion.

December 15 2006 18:43:41 GMT