2007 Musical Goals
It's time to think about my musical goals for 2007. I set some fairly ambitious goals for myself in 2006, and blew off most of them without regret. I had a good year overall, making some serious progress in my playing technique and in my knowledge of both theory and the instrument. I made some reasonable progress in the kinds of material I'm able to imagine and to play. I even played a couple of gigs. All good things...
I play primarily for my own enjoyment. I have no firm intentions of forming or joining a band. Neither do I intend to perform solo on a regular basis. However, I won't turn down an opportunity to perform; I enjoy performing on a casual basis either by myself or with a group of like-minded musicians who are willing and able to improvise a show. With that in mind, my 2007 goals will be structured a bit differently than I've done in the past.
For 2007 my primary musical goal will be to challenge myself musically. Despite the growth I've experienced as a musician in the past year, I have lately sensed a certain comfort and familiarity in my playing. To me this is a sign that I've hit a plateau. I want to be sure to regain the momentum that I had built up during the course of the past year and continue to improve my playing and expand my repertoire over the course of this next year. That means breaking out of familiar habits and attempting to hear, imagine and play things with which I am not currently familiar and comfortable.
Equipment-wise I intend to make one or two essential acquisitions early in the year, divest myself of certain unused instruments, and attempt to focus on making the best use of my primary gear.