SunnyDee wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:26 am
It's funny to me that when classical players say "learning the fretboard," they mean learning to match notes on a score to the fretboard. When non-classical players say "learning the fretboard," it has nothing to do with sheet music, it's just memorizing where notes and patterns of notes are on the fretboard in standard tuning.
Yes. And it's interesting to me the different approaches people on the forum have to this. Especially when some people focus on memorising pieces without knowing sheet music too well.
I must admit that when working on my Classical Guitar music as opposed to playing tab or song accompaniment (chords, fingerpicking etc) that I like to focus on how I can relate Sheet music to the places on the guitar....and I don't really care what the note names are what key or scale they are in when I do that!! (I know that's not ideal but bear with me...)
And the converse of that is that when I've been to open mic/folk/acoustic/guitar clubs etc where people usually play a song and very occasionally an instrumental or classical piece is played, then, there is a the occasional solo or jam session where someone gets everyone else, or maybe the odd 1 or 2 players, to improvise a solo (such as jam in the key of G or whatever) and a blues or similar-type of solo is played midway through the song. In those situations, I want to focus purely on the fretboard from the perspective of knowing scales and how they relate to keys, completely separate from sheet music. Or put it another way, moving more into improvisation territory.
And I wouldn't be surprised if some or many of these type of players can't read sheet music.
So yes, I think the tendency is for the majority of CG players (if they're like me!) to think fretboard learning relates to sheet music. (Wait for the flood of responses to the contrary...).
I've always associated CG playing with being able to play from sheet music amongst other things to the extent that I shie away from tab versions of classical guitar music. I know that's not necessary (and I have broken that rule once or twice) but for me, it's something about the discipline of doing it from sheet music and the achievement.
However, I must say that I don't agree with the approach of reading sheet music and not knowing the notes on the guitar or how they relate to scales, I merely stated it like that to emphasise how one could get into that frame of mind. I am actually improving my sheet music AND knowledge of the fretboard by knowing the names of the notes. And I'm hoping to relate it scale forms via the CAGED approach so I can cross the bridge between both worlds.
PS:-Btw - I've nothing against someone not learning to read music - I've seen some great players who can't