Guitar Theory and Mental Mapping : Post 1

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Welcome to my guitar blog.

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while now.

In my years of playing and teaching, I’ve found that a working knowledge of the fretboard is a skill few guitarists attain. I see a few reasons for this lack of knowledge:

  • Some feel that an intimate knowledge of the fretboard is reserved for those going down the jazz or classical route.
  • There is an attitude in guitar circles that learning theory just isn’t very rock and roll and it’ll strip the soul and feel from your playing.
  • Others see how large an undertaking it is and they never get started.
  • Some just never have anyone to point them in the right direction.

What I’d like to do is point you in that direction, teach you some theory and help you to get a mental map of the fretboard in your head.

By a mental map, I mean being able to picture the fretboard in your head and imagine where your fingers are on that visual image. Through this blog, we’ll expand on this image and you’ll learn to superimpose scales, arpeggios, and target notes onto the fretboard and know when to use them.

As this blog grows, I’m hoping to provide videos, give you some exercises and get you to use my series of mobile and tablet apps which really help to get the fretboard into your head the quickest and easiest way.

Learning the guitar is a life journey – enjoy what you play today.

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