But enough with failed tactics. Time is short. Let’s look at it like black and white keys, like piano.
Still too much. Let’s break it down. Black keys only:
White keys only:
I definitely feel like we’re getting somewhere. Getting close to a breakthrough.
What if we push the black keys over, one fret? Put the whole thing on E minor pentatonic?
Now, here’s something I can deal with intelligently. We can even split it into chunks that make sense to your fingers:
Back to our fretboard chart, with note names. We’ve got 5 out of 7 white keys, mapped.
C and F. Watch the video above for a really cool, practical way to map this strange looking shape, and use it.
And there you go. 7 out of 7 white keys, mapped:
Now just stick that pentatonic scale back in, in it’s original key of E♭ minor. Boom. You’ve got all 12 keys, mapped.
Better still: with this approach you can navigate everything in a way that makes real sense to your ears, your eyes, your hands.
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