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  • Fretboard Navigation – Boom!

    Posted by Guy_H on May 19, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Just completed the fretboard navigation series in the skills area. This is truly foundational. I knew most of these connections before but this series puts in in perspective and the last module includes and excellent way to sink this into the brain and hands! There are a million YT vids out there on this subject but I would suggest this as a starting point 👏🎼

    N-lightMike replied 3 years ago 6 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Bill_Brown

    May 19, 2021 at 11:54 am

    👍That is some sound advice @Guy_H . Yes you can find a lot of that stuff on YT, but nobody explains it better than Tony! And from there you can jump right into “Fretboard Wizard” – which some of that stuff can be found elsewhere – but no one else teaches it like Tony🤩

  • jumpinjeff

    May 19, 2021 at 12:38 pm


  • Moonhare

    May 19, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Congrats on finishing that. You are right about YouTube. There’s a lot there but it’s the context that is often missing and the step by step building blocks that Tony uses to get you from one place to another are what makes it work so well.

  • the-old-coach

    May 20, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Guy H– congrats on completing that course!👍

    Wow- sort-of coincidentally- yesterday, I just started the Foundations course.

    I went thru my 15 mins on lesson 1 “musical alphabet” and things went good as I very-mechanically played along from the tabs, actually with pretty-good- (at least for me)- accuracy & movement.

    And then– after I was finished— I read the comments! I realized that I had done it all wrong…… After reading and taking in all the comments and advice, I realized I had missed the boat as far as “seeing” all the patterns and connections🤔.

    So today, instead of moving on to lesson 2, I’m going to re-take lesson 1 with an emphasis on “seeing” those patterns and connections that I missed.

    Maybe the takeaway for me, anyway, is to start being less “robotic/mechanical” in my lesson-playing, read the comments first, and pay more attention to the real meaning part…..

    Learning every day- thank you for your post, and would appreciate any hints you can pass along as I begin this course.

    Thanks again– MJ

    • Guy_H

      May 20, 2021 at 4:02 pm

      Good going Mark! I don’t think it’s accurate to say you were doing it “wrong” maybe differently but you said things were going good and you learned something new. So in my book that’s success right there. I try to learn something new each day. Even very little bits of gold add to our skill/knowledge. I think you have a great approach. Repeat the lesson and when you’re happy with it move on. I can tell you that for me the foundation course was a breakthrough in my understanding of how music works and of the fretboard’s layout.

      Cheers & Bon Journey👍

      • the-old-coach

        May 20, 2021 at 5:24 pm

        Guy- Yeah, I guess “wrong” was the wrong word there. I must say that today’s run-thru of that lesson was really cool! Didn’t even open the tab- but watched the video- (this time😜). WOW what a difference…….

        As far as the lesson goes– I just kinda “played around with it”- (locating the same note all over the fretboard). Man, that was fun! 30 minutes seemed like 3.

        I hope the next step in this will be learning how all this works and fits in with where I’m at in my own journey- and how I can actually use this knowledge.

        Cool stuff, though!- and as things become more “clear”, I’ll really realize just how much of a breakthrough/ lightbulb moment it is.

        Keep the advice coming if you have the time and will. Thanks again.

        Pushin’ that boulder- MJ

    • N-lightMike

      May 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm

      Hey Mark, as another “mechanical” guitar player, I can definitely make some suggestions.

      The first one is Tony’s number one fundamental to his teaching method: HAVE FUN!!!

      Second, recognize that rhythm is more important than accuracy. Yes, you want to strive for accuracy, but this is music. More than anything else, rhythm defines music. Oh, and there are “no mistakes” in music. You will get more accurate in time… that’s a pun. Over a period of time you will get better, more accurate. But also, if your movements are “in time”, that is rhythmic, you will make faster progress in becoming accurate. Let yourself make mistakes. Strive for fluidity first, precision second.

      MG 😀

      • the-old-coach

        May 20, 2021 at 5:09 pm

        Mike- does this mean I have to start thinking “nice” about my metronome?😃

        Thanks for the great advice- as always…..


      • N-lightMike

        May 20, 2021 at 10:30 pm


        Must be the smart-aleck pill striking again.

        MG 😀

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