Guitar Navigation

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by blueruins, Sep 21, 2019.

How do you navigate the fretboard?

  1. Numbers or scale degrees

  2. Letters/Note names

  3. Fingerboard patterns

  4. By ear

  5. Flying blind/guided by spirits

  6. Other

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  1. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Curious how my fellow Gretsch Talkers get around?
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  2. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I use a combination of knowing the notes and working through scales by ear. That has kept me from the limitations that simply playing though scales imposes on you. I often find that "accidental" notes actually bring everything together.
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  3. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Some notes sometimes. Patterns, based on pentatonic, but knowing where the other notes are. I generally 'modify' the major scale in that if I’m in a minor key I just flatten the third and the seven, or for a diminished scale, flatten the third, the fifth and the seven, etc. modes, I just start in the requisite note and go from there.

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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Either the note is right, or it isn't. Simple.
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  5. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Tab and licks I have learned over the years.
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  6. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    ..... never really thought about it o_O
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  8. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I use pattern memorization; know the root..and it's octaves and dance around from there
  9. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    A wrong note is just a bend away from being right....and I use that method..often:)
  10. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I navigate by ear an fingermemory. Sure, I have some patterns that help me going from one spot to another. But mainly I tend to compose my solos in my head, maybe even whisteling them to my cellphone recorder before I grab the guitar. That keeps me from playing the obvious.
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  11. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I meant to do that!
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  12. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Like my typing, I hunt and peck.
  13. reckless toboggan

    reckless toboggan Electromatic

    Jul 22, 2019
    Exactly. But make sure you play it twice. If you do it more than once a "mistake" turns into a "style".
  14. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Find 'em and grind 'em!
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  15. RG7X

    RG7X Gretschie

    Nov 11, 2018
    Los Angeles
    The notes are the vehicle but the navigation is the numbers.
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  16. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I use patterns for different scales and keep track of where the root, 3rd, 5th and 7th are.

    ......And, I wish I was as good as that sentence makes me sound. :cool:
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  17. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    It’s a jungle, you need to pay attention to everything.
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  18. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
  19. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    I’m working from muscle memory and shape recognition if I’m aping someone else’s work, and I’m using my ear predicting intervals on my own riffs. But improvisation is the weakest part of my playing. After 40 years I am still absolutely hopeless when it comes to improvisational soloing.
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  20. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    A close relative to my technique: beat 'em and bash 'em!
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