Rick Beauregard wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:12 pm
I just use the sheet for notes above or below the staff or higher on the fretboard, where my recall is sketchy. I also use it to help find alternate fingerings. Yes I could learn the alphabet and where they’re placed and do the math. All of that gets in the way for me. An analogy is a typewriter: I could try to learn where everything is but hunt and peck has worked for me. It’s become automatic for 90% of the keyboard. The rest of the letters I don’t use that much. And there’s only one letter per key in this case. Guitar is more complicated.
I started back at the guitar approximately 5 years ago and I was fully engaged to relearn what little sight reading I had and more! I paid a few dollars on apps and tried my best to relearn some of my old pieces, which it did. But I wanted to be a better sight reader than I ever before, but that just did not happen.
For me, it was horrible, yes up to the 5th fret was not too bad, beyond that forget it. Too much time and too much trouble with much time lost to just practicing/playing!
I don't have enough time left in my life to go any further with pure sight reading. I still have a couple of old pieces that I have not gotten back to, but that will come eventually, with a learning curve, but I do know once I get into these few some muscle memory will kick in and now your "cheat sheet" will help!
Now, if I can't get the music in tabs and notes I usually don't bother with it. I still am not a good guitarist, but I am spending far more time playing than I would counting notes up the keyboard to find the right fret or to see how or where to play one massive CHORD!
I hope you don't mind, but have copied your "cheat sheet" as it can help in the case of need. I have not given up altogether and as I have said I do have those pieces yet to be relearned.
Thanks and keep up the good work!