OK....I've been a chord strummer since I started this git thing just over 2 years ago. I'm still having a riot playing chords to songs and singing along in my music "closet". NOW, I'd like to start to learn to play melodies. That means I need to play NOTES on the frett board. I've been told to learn the various scales; Cmaj, pentatonic, etc. BUT, the notes within these scales are in the same position on the frett board just arranged in different groups with or without #s and bs. My goal is to play by reading standard music notation as opposed to TABS. If I get familiar with where the notes are on the staff with where they are on the frett board, why do I need to learn the various scale groups? Still Keeping It Fun, Dean
You'd be able to play the same song in different keys. For instance, you can take a song that is played in the first position and then move it to another part of the fret board. I did just that this week with a real simple song "Happy Birthday". What I'll do is make a video and show you how I worked it out and post it here sp you can see how I did it.
Check out Susan Palmer and her course. She teaches the fret board while how to read music.
I just took a look at this site. VERY interesting. Living up here in Northern Wisconsin, access to an instructor is near ZERO. But, I think I'm going to order her course book anyway. I have a basic knowledge of the structure of chords and progressions, so that may help get me going. I can play most basic song chords. If I pick up a peice of music with the chords, I can work thru it and even transpose to different keys (progressions).But as I said, I want to progress from chords to playing melodies. Thanks for the quick reply. Keeping It Fun, Dean
Newbie. I think it more important to learn cord positions at every fret on the fretboard then to go nuts with scales. Know where every cord is in every form at every fret....it's not that hard, then follow the melody with the root note forming the cord at any position...every thing will fall into place quicker this way, then the scales will make more sense.
Thanks, I'll have to pull out my chord charts and pay more attention to the actual notes within a given chord. Right now I've just gotten familiar with the chords and shapes. I've NOT paid attention to the actual notes making up a chord. I'll give it a try. It sounds like a good place to start. With all the help this site puts out, I'm sure I'll find something that works for me.Keeping It Fun, Dean
This has been one of my "go to" books for many years, 84 scales types and arpeggios, cords and triades in tab and standard notation.
another help is learning "Box patterns", the page takes a bit to load, but will explain it better then I can;