Jeremy stinkerhubbin
Hello! For multiple years, I've encountered a pitfall in my playing particularly when it comes to soloing and improvisation. Namely, navigating the fretboard.

The issue is, while I know the fretboard, I don't know the fretboard. For instance, ask me to find an F# on any given string and I have no issue finding it. The problem is, doing it on the fly. Ask me what notes are making up an F#m triad and I'm going to pause for a moment to think.

I understand chord tones, triads, passing tones and the like decently, but I often find myself taking pause to get to certain areas. That, or my playing sounds too deliberate, boring and robotic vs the "raw" sound I get when I improvise without much regard to where on the scale I'm playing. I may even find something neat by accident.

I'm ultimately dissatisfied with my ability, or rather my inability, to navigate the fretboard efficiently and sensibly while retaining the feel that I desire. For the past two decades, I've been navigating more by shape than anything else and feel like I've stunted my growth on the instrument.

I've tried exercises where I challenge myself to navigate instantly to a given note on each string and find each octave and the same with identifying at a glance what notes I'm playing in a given chord. My long term memory however doesn't seem to be digging this much and I can't seem to hold onto it.

Hope I'm making some kind of sense..

Any tips for overcoming this?

Thanks!
 
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caustix
Good question! 🙂 
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dja515
Very interesting. Wish I had some feedback for you but I just started playing guitar this year. 35yo married dad with 2 young kids. So I often get to pickup the guitar two or three times a week. At this point everything is still new and exciting to me. But I can totally understand what your are trying to accomplish. Wish you the best and I hope someone in here with more experience can provide you some positive feedback/ tips. 
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