I JUST realized something, thanks to my lead guitarist.
First off, sidenotes.
This happened a few days ago. It just, as of a few minutes ago, hit me.
Fred [a.k.a. Ozzi] is finally getting over himself [like I had to do a few years ago] and buckling down to books and learning SOME theory. Not much...just enough to open his mind up. Like I had to do about 2-3 years ago for bass. Well he told me a few days ago what he's learning. He said a sentence that hadn't hit me until now. I'd told him that if he learns his scales by name [such as F# min], then he's MUCH better off than I am. Which, in all honesty, he would. I know MODES like the back of my hand [which, in reality, IS just scales, but in different degrees.] ( Slightly ranted on - read at your discretionCollapse )
So after I told Ozzi that he'd be better off than me, he said: "Yeah, but you know the whole neck..." and continued to talk about other stuff that's unimportant to this blog.
"...you know the whole neck..."
I was playing bass along to my song, "The Promenade". Not typical bass... using bass chords, making chords, etc. in that field. Then I began to solo. Then, as the soft music is playing, I hear the sentence echo in my mind [only because the song plays with echo the whole way through]. Then I run off and solo Bmaj over the whole neck [cuz if I'm right, the song is entirely in Bmaj.] as I think of that sentence.
THAT SENTENCE IS SPECIAL BECAUSE WHEN I BROKE DOWN AND STARTED BUYING BOOKS, THEY ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT "learn the neck" and "remember the neck" and "fretboard knowledge" and all that jazz. Remembering the scales on the neck & whatnot. All this stuff that used to make me say "one day I'll know the fretboard".
Literally this morning at [approx] 3:07am, I realized that after about a cumulative half year of studying and CONSTANT practice of the little that I learned, revising, editing, relearning [I have 3-4 books on theory, scales, and more theory. List to come], I KNOW THE NECK. Which is why when I started playing guitar, it came so much easier. I just transferred my years of bass to that and it comes easier.
Not to mention that half of my style on bass is "uncommon" bass playing.
[about 3 years of studying from these books. stress on some books more than others]
1. Bass Guitar for Dummies
2. Bass Scale Finder
3. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory
4. Chord Bassics
5. The Gig Bag Book of Bass Scales
6. Bass Grimoire
The books I have teach the same thing in different ways. So book 1 taught me an easy way to learn all major scale modes. Book 2 showed me the WHOLE neck and confused me. Book 3 just showed me general music theory. Book 4 showed me bass chords - confusing to me. Book 5 showed many ACTUAL SCALES [i.e. blues, pentatonic, harmonic, melodic, etc.]. Book 6 elaborated HEAVILY upon book 5, but in a different way. HEAVILY.
After putting down the grimoire for a few months, I came back to it after just solidly studying the modes that book 1 showed me about a year & a half prior. I went back to the grimoire and it finally made sense after I realized WHAT MODES ARE. All the scales don't have to be played in ONE PLACE ON THE NECK, despite being initially taught that on the internet [the internet isn't specific enough for my questions, because I DIG INTO MY QUESTIONS]. That's where modes come in, and THAT'S what I studied for years now. Once I understood it, I didn't need the grimoire for maj scales.
The only ones I'd use out of ALL of those books, actually, are books 1, 5, and 6; mainly because book 1 explains arpeggios [and a few other concepts that I haven't bothered to study] VERY well, 5 has lots of SCALES, and 6 has scales AND THEIR MODES that really aren't used in popular music. But they are GREAT for experimentation, and I'm all about that. I find my chords because I know my modes, so I don't really need book 4 anymore. Book 3 is for later. Book 2 IS useful, but to an extent. The other books pretty much have it covered, but it just gives me bigger fretboard pics for the scales that are in book 5.
I'm glad I have all of these books, because each one has things the others don't. They all gave me something to help me get to this point where I FULLY KNOW the fretboard. I might not be able to say "this is Bb" as soon as I land on the note, but I don't need to know that to play every scale offa THAT NOTE up & down the neck as soon as I look at it.
Check out my myspace, guys! The song I'm listening to is up there.BassiQ