Started working with Scott Tennant's Pumping Nylon, and I think that book is going to be a big eye-opener for some right hand techniques. My fingers are starting to find some comfort in scale runs, but studying Tennant's work may be a quicker path there. Very well, exercises then. Not a bad thing. :-)
Tried to pick up the G-major Bach Cello Prelude again and some of it fell quite naturally into the fingerstyle idiom. I think it may be good for me to get a couple of old tunes back into the fingers with this new style, in addition to the structured exercises and some good old fashioned wankery. At some point (soon, I hope) I'll start to put some recording mojo into place. (The upstairs office is only a session or two away from this possibility, and I'm starting to taste it.)
Anyway, to document. Tonight I spent most of my time in minor mode, trying to feel fingers, rhythm, transitions, and movement between techniques (slap harmonics, straight notes, popped harmonics, rasgueados, etc.); there's a lot just in there that I'll have to pay attention to. But it's coming.
- Keep the classical in standard tuning, at least through working with Tennant's book.
- Until reconfiguring as a 5-string, string the Guitalong in 6 nylons, D3-D2-A2-E3-B3-E4, standard string set with "4th string" on 6, "6th string" on 5, and "5th string" on 4. Give that a shot.
- I'm liking the idea of working up the SoloEtte as "do-all" instrument, with GraphTech Ghost system and one or two mag pickups for ebow. That could be a nice arrangement.