The fretboard is confusing because it’s like a house of mirrors. Literally. It’s symmetry that folds on itself in intricate patterns. If all you see is the patterns, and compare by analogy, you’ll be dizzy in no time.
If, however, you break the underlying code, and code there is, it makes instant sense.
To get there, however, means to dig deep, several layers of abstracion down the rabbit hole. And in order to make true sense of that system, one must proceed in fully systematic fashion, making every step meaningful to the senses and to the brain. Otherwise, it’s pure mathematics. And this is all about making music!
It’s actually a bit like fractal geometry, where a simple algorithm (I so wish the spelling were algorhythm) defines structure at every level, and every level is connected structurally to that same principle.
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