flat3rd wrote:I've been using "Reading Studies for Guitar" by William Leavitt. Its from Berklee Press, it progresses nicely in difficulty and covers the first 7 positions in all keys. I'm still working through it, but I like it so far. My instructor at the time gave me the advice to set your metronome to 80 and just read. The purpose is not to hit every note, but to drill you and to help you recover in time. Totally frustrating
I agree! I teach choir, and sight singing is the biggest skill that I teach. I also have a Masters degree is Music Theory, and aural development was a major part of my program. For me, I have issues with instant recognition of hand position. I can hear the song in my head before playing a not, but I fumble around everywhere past 5th position.2handband wrote:Learn to sight-sing. That'll pay off hugely... once you can quickly interpret the notes on the page into a melody in your head translating it to the fretboard becomes almost intuitive, at least if your ear is any good.
Maybe it's because I'm from a world where learning by ear is the way it's done, but I think learning to translate the stuff on the page into a position on an instrument is a hugely wrong road. Translate it into a melody in your head and putting it onto your instrument should be quick and easy, at least if your ear is good.
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