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On Fret Boards and the Mind

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Troubleandahalf, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. Troubleandahalf

    Troubleandahalf Tele-Afflicted

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    I currently own four guitars.
    One Maple (my Tele)
    Three Rosewood.

    Two Dots
    Two Inlays (Block, Shark Fin)

    I am noticing things.
    First, I have always been more cognizant of my notes and positions on rosewood boards. I just see and understand more smoothly. I can't explain why.
    Inlays help this for me even more. I now have my first Jackson with the fins, and I find my mind clicks into a strong alignment with my surroundings on the board. I stay in key better! I can see where I want to go next.
    It's actually kind of surreal.
    Anyone else experience this phenomenon in any way?
     
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  2. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I can tell you what happens when there are no markers.
    It ain't pretty.
    I had no idea I was so dependent on those little things...especially the ones on the edge of the board.
     
  3. Steerforth

    Steerforth Friend of Leo's

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    I don’t look down at the fretboard very often. But when I do, I seem to be equally comfortable with dots, blocks, or shark fins, and any type of wood.

    I’ve been doing this for a long, long time, so I guess I’m used to it. I use my ears for the most part, and only really glance down if I lose my place. But I can usually hear where I am unless my mind starts wandering.
     
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  4. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I sing a lot.
    Therefore, I have had to train myself to play without looking at the fretboard.

    I own Ebony, Rosewood and Maple fretboards with Blocks, Dots and Slots for inlays.
    If you practice and, play out enough, it simply won't matter.

    Go for what feels Best for YOU.

    -ST
     
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  5. 61fury

    61fury Friend of Leo's

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    I'll Sharpie them in on ones without the sideboard markers
     
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  6. Steerforth

    Steerforth Friend of Leo's

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    Never really thought about it before, but I sing, too. That’s probably why I got in the habit of not looking down when I play.
     
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  7. TeleBluesMan

    TeleBluesMan Tele-Holic

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    Acoustic or electric, it's rosewood fretboards for me. I don't like maple fretboards, and I hate ebony fretboards.
     
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