2 Qs: Notation, Roman numerals, Circled numbers, # next to note
by PJ Kinann
I've played classical piano for years; played beginning classical on guitar when I was a child; have begun to take up the classical guitar again. I'm using intermediate books, but there are inconsistent notations in each book, so I am confused.
1. Supposedly, the roman numerals show which "position" to use. The circled numbers are the "strings," but there are numbers next to the notes that are supposedly the fingers you use; however, it's confusing because sometimes the number next to the note is the same as the fret, other times not. I can't figure out if there are errors in the book or if the numbers are the fret or the finger.
You would think they would designate the fret -- that would be most useful in learning the upper notes.
When it says #2 next to the note, for example, the second finger would be the appropriate one to use; however, the actual note may be the 4th fret up from the specific position (I, III, V, etc.). It becomes confusing. If they are telling you the finger to use, that is kind of a given - it's the next finger in line. If it is the fret, then my books have errors.
2. I've been googling the best way to learn, or a specific book that teaches how to remember the notes in the neck positions, for example, position III, V, VII, etc? The higher notes. The first position, 1-5 frets are pretty easy to remember as most of the beginner and intermediate pieces are played there. But to advance, I need to figure out a method to remembering the notes higher up on the neck.
Thank you for any suggestions.
I agree, it can be confusing at times but you have, however, seemed to get it right in your explanation. I don't think there are errors in the book. You just get used to it over time and know which to fingers, frets to use etc. A modicum of common sense is always handy when playing a fretted instrument! :)
In terms of learning the notes higher up the guitar neck, it is a matter of hard work, effort, time, and patience. There are a few methods that will help like this one:Notes Method on Wiki
Or even the cards I've provided here...http://www.learnclassicalguitar.com/guitar-note.html
Hope this helps,