I have a question on the topic of musical goals. It has been about 18 months since I started tying to learn the guitar. I've not made fantastic progress but I've enjoyed the journey. Two things have happened recently. Firstly I've started to get a little bored of just moving onto the next song in the course I've been following. I'm not saying the course is bad, it's most certainly not. It just includes songs that I oftentimes have no real interest in. Secondly it appears that I may not have quite as much time left to learn things as I thought. Nothing is certain yet but it focuses the mind that's for sure.
I've come to the conclusion that there are a lot of areas I have no interest in. I'm not ever going to have a musical career or be part of a band at any level. I'm not going to be writing any of my own material for any audience other than myself. The closest I can possible see me getting to playing with others is Jam sessions but I'm a world away from that anyway. I have found that there are certain areas I've enjoyed far more than others. Playing (badly) to backing tracks of what I'd consider to be blues/rock based groups (AC/DC, ZZ Top) has been a lot of fun. I'm also increasingly interested in what I've started to refer to as 'backyard blues'. By this I mean the sort of single guitar blues that you might imagine being played by someone sitting in they back yard watching the sun go down with a good drink by their side. It tends to be very much blues chord progressions on the first beat of the bar will small 'fill in' phrases in a sort of call and response pattern towards the end of the bar. That's probably a massive over simplification but I hope you get the idea.
So what's the point of this long monologue? I need pointers of what I should be concentrating on to make progress in those areas. I suspect the 'play along' stuff is simple. Just get hold of the right tab and backing tracks for the sort of things I like and have at it. The more blues side of things I think might benefit from some structure. The whole point of it is that it's not 'play along' it's more 'noodling' and for that I'm sure some theory and structure to get a grounding is time well spent. I appreciate that there are no 'short cuts' or 'magic bullets' I just want to use time wisely. I'm prepared to sacrifice areas that don't work towards these goals.
I do have a guitar teacher and I'll be raising this with him at my next lesson but I'd like to have some ideas to make that a two way conversation. So any thoughts appreciated.