Thanks Richard! I was also happy with the A section, but after that I made some mistakes that made me lose some confidence. Some of the slowing down was intended, but I think that big part of it was me losing track of the original tempo because of the mistakes and otherwise. I also experimented with dynamics on the B section, but it seems that didn't come out so well at least in this take. I have been focusing on getting a good volume, and the room I regularly practice in is bigger and quieter than my recording room with the consequence that the recordings tend to come out louder than intended. I record with a Blue Yeti microphone at stereo setting, and that seems to pick up quite a bit of the room vs. the guitar directly. I wonder if that may play some part with some of the dynamics getting lost in the process?
Also at the time of recording this I had lightly polished basses on my guitar, which has shallower body than the average, and hence the basses aren't very deep to begin with, and that helps in getting the melody out front. I've now changed back to regular unpolished basses, and also upped the tension to extra high (Savarez Cantiga), as I noticed my left hand getting stronger and started to have some pitch issues. After the change I noticed two things. First, using the polished basses had made my LH technique somewhat sloppy, manifesting in lots of squeaking that I need to get rid of. I also need to make my practice sessions shorter, as my LH gets fatigued much faster now. On the positive side, I can get away with longer RH nails, as the 1st string is thicker and doesn't catch that easily.
Back to Packington's Pound, that is something I have been practicing for a month, but only occasionally (maybe a couple of times once a week), which isn't enough, and that shows in the recording with the problems at the latter sections. On the other hand, as I previously stated, having not practiced it to the death kept it fresh for me and fun to play
Anyway, thanks very much for the feedback, it was much appreciated and thought provoking!