I’ve been really enjoying my at home playing and been feeling good about my abilities as of late. I think a big part of that has been getting away from blues based playing and playing what I’ll just call regular rock. Maybe it’s rock and pop based on diatonic harmony. I dunno. I figure out the chords and parts and play them and it all relates but it ain’t I-IV-V. Blues and blues guitar is still some of my favorite music. But what I’ve come to think lately is that it needs to be played really, really well. The best blues is sublime. The rest can be very boring and/or corny. Same for my own playing. For the moment, I’ve reached my limit in blues. I don’t sound like buddy guy. But if I play something less bluesy, like some Pearl Jam songs,* I can sound pretty good, and since I like those songs, it’s a lot of fun. And so, in conclusion, if you’re like some kind of intermediate player and you’re frustrated that your pentatonic wanking doesn’t sound as good as Eric clapton’s pentatonic wanking, try some non-blues style playing and maybe you’ll be surprised at how good you are. They’re always saying things like blues is the foundation of rock, and it is, but only to a certain point. *Mike McCready’s solos are still pretty bluesy even if they are in a song that is not.