Dustin McKinney wrote: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.
First off, memorize the fretboard. You need to have it down cold in standard tuning. Tip: memorize the dotted frets, and the rest kinda fills itself in.
Secondly, learn scale patterns. NOT the Segovia scales which as near as I can tell are more technique exercises than practical scale patterns to use in making music, but the kind of movable patterns jazz and rock players use. That'll give you an intuitive sense of the guitar's intervallic structure (which is complicated a bit by the asymmetrical nature of the tuning), and you'll be able to much more easily place melodies quickly on the board.