Another couple of weeks of lessons with a guitar instructor have gone past and we're making the progress I was wanting to make. The last couple of lessons have involved making chords and then making Barre Chords which involves learning and knowing information about what makes up a Major Chord - the 1,3,5 Notes of the Scale with the 1 Note being the Root, the 3 Note being the 3rd Note of the Scale and the 5 Note being the 5th Note of the Scale. Numbers and letters, letters and numbers. It's beginning to make sense to me as it's explained and I'm compelled to do the work showing that I understand. Apparently I sometimes revert back to my High School days when I tried to hide in the back of the room if I didn't have a complete understanding of what's going on. Like with that Gb and F# Scale thre's always something that I can't immediately grasp and so I try to hem and haw my way out of it.
With the Chord making exercises and the 1,3,5 for the Major and the 1,b3,5 for the Minor I was cool. For the Maj7 - 1,3,5,7 I was still alright. Heading to the Dom7 - 1.3.5.b7 and the minor7 - 1,b3,5,b7 I'm definitely starting to swim. Looking at a small four fret bit of the Fretboard I find myself struggling with the concept of the b7 going down but going up the Fretboard. It's like me having trouble traveling North to the South - my brain feels like I need to always travel north and so I'll go North even if I have to go South. It takes a good long time to get that in my head and it's the same with the Fretboard, going down in tone from a 3 to a b3 logically means going down the Fretboard except that's wrong - gotta go up to go down. Makes me crazy.
The week after that was pretty much Caged form Barre Chords which made sense to me when I heard Marc Schonburg explained it. Except I missed an important part of what the Instructor was telling as I was escaping the week before and so I thought I was still working the 1,3,5 or the 1,b3,5 formulas so I couldn't figure out how he wanted it. When I came back the next week and realized it was 6th String Roots and 5th String Roots it was duh time for me. But again, teacher wouldn't let me just say 'aha, I see' - dude had me go through the charts to show I knew what was going on. Huff - it's like school.
The only other thing this last week, I've seen a larger number of folks coming in for lessons. Little folks, children sized folks. The music store where I'm at has horns and strings and drums and vocal as well as guitar teachers. You can see the narrow hallways, small rooms. That picture doesn't have many folks but they were there a few minutes after that. The approach of the school year has brought the children. But most of the guitar students are adult sized folks so there is that. The other picture is the drive to the store.
Next week we're off to talk about the Minor Scales, something about them being the sixth degree of the major scale so it looks like a bunch more stuff to memorize.