Mudcat Café message #530317 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #37885   Message #530317
Posted By: M.Ted
17-Aug-01 - 03:00 PM
Thread Name: Flat picking + two fingers. for Marion
Subject: RE: Flat picking + two fingers. for Marion
Your problem is that you have developed a habit about thinking of the notes on a guitar as only occuring in a certain sort of linear pattern--you have to get passed that idea and develop a feel for the fact that the same notes occur outside the pattern that you have learned-

Try playing a scale moving up the neck on a single string(use the open G, for instance), and then plotting out about all the other possible places you could go to get each of your scale notes--after a while you'll get used thinking "trans-linearly"--

The other thing that helps is to play whatever scale that you are working on in *strict tempo* at however slow a speed you need to--Don't increase the speed until you can play it right at the slower speed!

The thing to remember is that the guitar offers a lot of possibilities--probably a lot more than it needs to, and that in order to move ahead, a lot of times you have to re-organize what you know--