Techniques for Remembering Triad Locations?
Posted 08 July 2009 - 07:15 AM
Well, I'm continuing to try and get a handle on some of the triads on each of the string sets... but I can't seem to get everything *stuck* in my mind.
For example, I will start with a chord (for example, G Major)...and I'll be able to immediately recall how to play that in root position.. and I'll almost immediately be able to recall the positions in 1st and 2nd inversion... and I can do that on both strings (1,2,3) and (2,3,4).
...but if I need to play a G Minor triad, for example, which I've played a stack of times before, I will think 'I know it's one or two certain shapes...' but d'you think I can position the shapes in the right location!? No way! It always takes me a few goes to get the location right.
Now, I'm trying to learn, say, the positions of the root notes across the fretboard... but that's not going so well. I'll work my way through the Circle of 5ths Ok and I'll be able to play the 3 inversions of a major or minor triad on the (1,2,3) and (2,3,4) string sets... although, there's still a considerable amount of 'hunt and peck' going on.
Now, after being under a teacher's guidance for 2.5 yrs... and spending maybe an hour a day for at least 5 days a week trying to practice lots of things... I just wonder if my progress is weak... or if there's some better way to learn things. Is it better, for example, to learn some specific tunes... or should I just keep struggling along with the triad positions??
Would appreciate any thoughts or experiences, folks..
Posted 08 July 2009 - 07:35 AM
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Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:54 PM
Posted 09 July 2009 - 07:55 AM
carol m said:
Ever since I got Plane Talk and saw how easy it was if you just remember....just remember the...uhm...wait, let me think...AH yes!
I remember!! But , I don't want to give it away!
Anyhow, A good combiniation for those whose memory and alertness seem to be slipping, perhaps due to just-beyond-middle-age and/or stress, is a combination of Ginko Biloba (ancient Chinese herb??) and Phosphatidyl Serine. It helps keep the brain sharp and boosts memory. I take it daily and if I run out (usually because I'm too darn busy to stop & get more...that, and the wife wants me to wait for the first week of the month since it's on sale then!) anyway, if I run out of it, I can feel a difference in my mental acuity and do seem to have trouble pulling info from the old memory banks. Even the wife & kids notice it!
But anyhow...read through Plane talk, no! Not just read through it, play your guitar while your reading it...then it will be SOoo permanently etched in your brain it will seem like childsplay!!
Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:47 PM
As for learning the note names up the neck, I'd suggest leaning just some key notes and really locking your brain onto them. eg G 10th fret A string, E 7th fret A string. Then when you play, quickly work out the notes in your mind in relation to those. Pretty soon, you'll know them all. That's how I did it, anyway. If you try to learn them all in one go, it's too hard.
By the way, I think the way you are learning is great. Is it all tying together for you yet?
Posted 22 July 2009 - 08:02 AM
I haven't posted anything for a while, 'coz my music PC has been kinda ill... but keep an ear across my sample recordings and you can tell ME if you think things are working and the knowledge is integrating well or not -- I can never get enough comments (good AND bad) about my playing...
Posted 22 July 2009 - 10:12 AM
Posted 26 July 2009 - 05:33 PM
Random Robot said:
Good one! Never heard that one before. Certainly makes it easy to remember.
Posted 26 July 2009 - 08:57 PM
And for any Brits: 'Another Dud G.C.E Again' at fret 5.
Or at fret 10: 'Don't Go Carousing Freely After Dark'
I know they are a bit lame, but think up your own!
Also learn a couple of scales and practice them often, before you know it there's a whole slab of fretboard you know well. Then hopefully after a while all the jigsaw pieces fit together, well that's what I'm hoping.
Posted 27 July 2009 - 10:23 AM
PT is not a trick. It's a tried and true method and something we should know about but failed to grasp it. Trust me, I bought one.
Since then I understand my fretboard like never before and I've played guitar for untold years. It was like a slap in the face because it's such a simple concept but our problem was that we didn't really understand the guitar.
Kirk did and it's now avaliable to you.
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