Day 14: Last Day of Notes :(

Today is the last day of my notes for the website. If you want to find out what happens the very last week here, you’ll have to attend camp! I can tell you that there is a lot of rehearsal, kung-fu, wing chun, and a whole lot more along with a concert at the end.

Anthony Wellington joined us and taught us about fingerboard patterns. But before he dug in, he addressed the many people noodling in the classroom. “Very few people have the discipline to not play music when they’re supposed to”.

Now onto patterns. There are fingerboard patterns that fit like puzzle pieces together on the fretboard. The second note of every shape is the first note of the next shape. Consider this shape:


Tr2 Sq2 Rec Sq1 Tr1

The asterisk represents the target on the fingerboard. The rectangle is three half steps apart. Squares are one whole step apart. Trapezoids are either depending on what the angle is.

Anthony also emphasized the importance of practicing the notes out of order, and not just in the order of the scale. For example, practice 1645372, and so forth. Practice the shape above. Practice different notes, modes, and chords out of order. You don’t need a bass. Do it in your head.