Originally Posted by: TerranautHey Sebastberg, I noticed that YOU are the king of speed there. I just re-read your methodology and wonder. You said you memorized a string for two weeks. With me I would tend to probably loose that speed on the first string iif when I moved to the next for two weeks I didn't practice both. Is that what you did or was it each string one at a time for two weeks and once one is done it doesn't fade? Also, what kind of music do you play? (Shred? No offense :) )
Well actually I did one string per day. The next day I move to the next string. I did that for 2 weeks. At the end of the 2nd week I was getting faster and would do all the strings everytime I sat to play. Then for the next 2 weeks I would do maybe 4 or 5 frets per day (naming all the notes of fret one, then fret 2 etc).
I think this is a great way to recall what was learned the previous weeks and to push it a bit further. Playing here on the fretboard trainer is also a great way to test/push yourself ( it's actually what I do :) ) Although, dont take in account my 30ish scores :p There used to be a bug when it got out. I think they fixed it because it dosnt happen anymore. Before, when you played a lot of rounds in a row, the game would give you always the same 2 notes (kinda easy :)). But my 40ish seconds scores are legit ;)
Actually no, I dont play metal/shred :p . Although I admire those players for there technical prowess, i can't listen to more then 3 songs in a row. Too much adrenaline for my blood hahaha. I play mostly blues/blues rock (sometimes hard rock...but not a lot). The thing is, I like to improvise. It's what I like the most in music. Knowing all the notes really helps to navigate smoothly between patterns, arppegios, licks etc. In the long run it also enables you to drop the patterns a bit and play "more freely". It also helps to cut down on the thinking and leave more space for the feeling. I still have a long way to go to be able to improvise like the greats that I admire, but learning the fretboard was a very big step.