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  • jumpinjeff

    December 14, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Why? another great question. Variation. Really within musical context everything needed is between the C on the third fret of the A string and the C on the first fret of the B string. There lies one octave no need for E strings at all. Add in multiple octaves and potential for sonic variation increases. If the sound you hear in your head is one you can achieve with two octaves or so no need worry about the upper frets. Just know they are there in case the sound in your head evolves (seems to be constant evolution for me). The way I developed as a player I got the horizontal plane before the vertical plane made sense in my head. It was the way my wiring got connected. A fascinating aspect of guitar is it gives us the opportunity to advantage both vertical and horizontal or one or the other. Now I get up way high and run outta space (wishing I had more) thinking “Uh Oh” how the heck do I get back down and another adventure begins.

    Your goal and mine are almost identical. “…ability to be able to pick up a guitar and be able to competently “play along” quickly and easily, by ear. Maybe be able to transfer the music I hear in my head instantly to my guitar”. I am not a gifted musician (not tone deaf either but lets just say tone confused) I have been playing as much as I can for 6 1/2 years and only now am I getting to the place where the mind and fingers can instantly connect in an intuitive way. Not meant as a comparison rather my personal recognition of how I woefully underestimated my time to get to this place. When I started I was thinking a year maybe two at most. Hehehe. Those were my dark days. I figure I am about as fluent on guitar as a Six year old kid might be in their native language. Some of those kids talk a lot and some pretty eloquently but most either way can get their point across.

    Last thought. It is way easier to bend strings around the neighborhood of the 12 fret. String bending is part of my head sound and is done more easily up there.