What makes the guitar such an interesting and difficult instrument is that there are so many locations you can play the same note (5 for middle C, for example). Unlike piano, where there literally is only one way to play a single note, the guitar requires a deeper focus on the basics of the instrument.
After nearly 25 years of playing the guitar, I still am practicing, to some degree, the basics of the instrument – namely, learning where the notes are so I can get to them when I want. Interesting, right?!
I think there’s something beautiful about that, too. To really get know the fretboard, I think you need to fall in love with practicing scales and arpeggios in all the wonderful and quirky ways that are possible on guitar.
Here are some of the approaches I’m fond of (major scale modes and minor scales, in particular. Things get a little dicey once you start tackling symmetrical scales and altered scales).
I’m sure there are more, but I found these approaches extremely useful and fun to explore.
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