I'm a beginner guitar player with a passion for the blues, jazz and funk. When I say beginner I mean that I just know a few chords, have some basic technique on how to handle the guitar (I had classes when I was younger) and have been practicing tabs for some of my favourite songs for years now.
Recently I decided to get serious about learning some important stuff such as theory and scales, etc. But I'm not really sure that it's what I want... From the music I've heard all my life I've started to think up songs/solos/riffs, just the sounds in my head and, through a lot of patience (finding the notes, the chords, etc) I've drawn some cool stuff (cool to me) on some tabs of my own.
The thing is, considering what I've said, are there any books on this subject of learning the ability to get to that note, that chord, that scale you're thinking about? Or should I take the time to learn the theory, learn to read scores, learn scales and chords, modes and all those things? Because I have a few books and DVDs on this type of music knowledge.
I'm extremely receptive to ideas, be them from any side of the "fence". Oh and I forgot to mention, I'm a huge SRV fan, so if I'd have to set a "finish line" for this music learning journey I'm about to embark, it would be SRV himself playing Lenny live at the El Mocambo.