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.
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.