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    Forum Member DanTheBluesMan's Avatar
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    my little 25 key midi keyboard already advancing my fretboard knowledge

    I've had this thing less than a week. I sort of made a breakthrough today, something so elementary I should have known this over 4 decades ago but better late than never.

    I did at least know about triads and building chords, a little bit anyways. I was messing around with the keyboard and my guitar in my lap. Oh, and by the way, my new strat has become an absolute delight to play now that I've filed the fret ends, polished the frets and set it up. It plays as nice as my CV50 tele, weighs 1.25 pounds less and the ergonomics are ridiculously comfortable. I digress.

    I was working on matching the chords to my fretboard. C major. D minor. E minor. F major. G major. A minor. and the one that used to get me confused, the diminished chord. Suddenly it became clear. An "ah ha" moment. Bear with me. Rather than working on the 6th string root, I worked on the higher strings triads. For me, the most natural place to start was the B string, 1st fret C. Then I worked my way up the scale, then back down. Then I did the next three strings B G D. Then the A D G and finally the E A D.

    If I got stuck, I played the chord on the keyboard, named the notes and found them on my guitar. The reinforcement was immediate and illuminating. This is probably old hat to those who began on piano/keys but it is a revelation of sorts to me. Anyway, nobody around me is into music or cares, so I thought I'd share somewhere it might at least amuse somebody
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    Re: my little 25 key midi keyboard already advancing my fretboard knowledge

    Robben Ford said, in a full-day seminar I attended, that anyone in the group who did NOT play keys should go out and buy a keyboard - even a small one - and learn to play, because it would crack your head open concerning music theory.

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    Re: my little 25 key midi keyboard already advancing my fretboard knowledge

    Dan, once you figure out why there are no black keys between B and C or E and F you'll have it nutted.
    "No harmonic knowledge, no sense of time, a ghastly tone, unskilled vibrato, and so on. Chuck is one of the worst guitar players I know" -Gravity Jim

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    Re: my little 25 key midi keyboard already advancing my fretboard knowledge

    Nice!

    Now, what instruments are you using? Have you gone through the “everything must have glockenspiel” stage yet?

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    Re: my little 25 key midi keyboard already advancing my fretboard knowledge

    mostly the classic electric piano and the vintage B-3. I've spent hours, though, geeking out on all the different things. The synth stuff is overwhelming.

    been putting some serious woodshedding in this week, have to restrain myself from going overboard. The last couple of days I've been visualizing (without a guitar in hand) the chord triads with the root on different strings.
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    Re: my little 25 key midi keyboard already advancing my fretboard knowledge

    Quote Originally Posted by DanTheBluesMan View Post
    mostly the classic electric piano and the vintage B-3. I've spent hours, though, geeking out on all the different things. The synth stuff is overwhelming.

    been putting some serious woodshedding in this week, have to restrain myself from going overboard. The last couple of days I've been visualizing (without a guitar in hand) the chord triads with the root on different strings.
    yeah, I can relate to that! The pendulum swings a lot for me to - focus on the basics: grand piano, Rhodes/Wurlitzer/B3....then into the synths....and back! That’s the absolute beauty of this type of setup.

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