I seriously am getting a weight-lifting kind of satisfaction out of my fretting hand gaining strength and agility with practice. I know some people need to start playing tunes right away to stay interested, or so many teachers think, but if I just zen out, playing varying patterns up and down the neck and hearing the notes get fuller and richer as my fingers gain independence is quite satisfying in itself. Odd also--mistakes or variations sometimes reveal techniques to me, rhythm patterns and such. Tired fingers will accidentally do a cool hammer-on pattern or legato or whatever. I can grab that mistake, repeat it 100 times and its mine whenever I want it. Programmers talk about a larval stage, a period of intense single-minded activity that, once passed through, will produce a programmer. I think this is somewhat the same. Am I making any sense?