Talk Me Out Of This

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by Toast, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Toast

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    I keep getting my 7th and 9th frets mixed up. I'm thinking about putting a little fluorescent sticker on the 9th fret to help my navigation. The black dots on the neck aren't helping me navigate. In fact, I think they might even confuse me at times. I know I should probably have it down to feel, but I don't :). Is the sticker solution a bad idea? Anybody else resort to that kind of cheese? Did it help or hinder?
     
  2. Teleguy61

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    Don't mess up that pretty guitar with a sticker.
    Play more--you will learn it by feel.
     
  3. Jupiter

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    Chop the neck off at the ninth fret
    Problem solved
     
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    At least use painters tape so it comes off clean.
    I suggest just looking at the fret board as you play until you develop the feel.
    Because you will eventually.
    Hang in there.
     
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    I’m with Teleguy61, just play more, then it will take care of itself.
     
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    Put on a capo and really mess you up. Then remove capo and you will apprciate how easy it is to remember the eighth fret.:D
     
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    Alright, I'm nixing the sticker idea. Thanks all! I think I just need to play the song about 80 more times, then I should be all over it.
     
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    I actually think the sticker idea is a good one. Very clever.
     
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    ^^^ THIS ^^^
     
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    If you use a sticker or piece of colored tape (which I don't think is a terrible idea), place it on the side of the neck not the fretboard.

    I have a nylon string with no fret markers at all. I have a piece of white tape at the 7th fret.
     
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    I never look at the dots
     
  12. Toast

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    That's actually what I meant. I would put the sticker over the fret marker dot. I might try it for a little while and then take it away once I have myself trained.
     
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    I do on the big jumps. In my song I have to go from the 2nd fret to the 9th fret to start the guitar solo. This transition comes pretty quickly while I'm still singing. I need landing lights on the runway to find that 9th fret.
     
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  14. coloradojeff

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    Agree with the play more...but for a helper until you get there try some stick on fret marker dots (available on Amazon for a couple of bucks). I have a custom shop Strat with a tree of life fretboard and dots that seem to disappear under stage lights. Slightly bigger edge dots solved the problem. Easily removed.
     
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    All my Teles have maple boards with BLACK dots. When I got this Ibby bass the board dots were so small that I had trouble navigating. I put these jockomo stickers on and they really helped. I was surprised that the side dots weren't as helpful as the board markers. I guess I'm looking closer/more at my fingertips. Anyway...it worked!
     
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    Play on a gypsy jazz guitar for a spell?

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    You'll never go wrong by practicing more, but the sticker idea is a good one. We humans use training aids of all kinds in all endeavors. If a sticker helps you develop proper technique, then use a sticker. I agree it should be temporary, but that's the easy part.
     
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    I have a Japanese made classical guitar, a Kasuga G-100 from about 1970, that has the double dot side markers at the 10th fret instead of the 12th. That does mess me up if I happen to be looking at the markers when I shift up the neck! But I would advise against stickers. You will figure it out.
     
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    Why not?
     
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  20. Toast

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    I think the reason I shy away from the stickers is that I don't want to become dependent on them. OMG my sticker fell off somewhere and I go in 45 seconds! That sort of thing. In the grand scheme of things, it's probably not a big deal.
     
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