I am new to both formal theory, and chord work beyond what I knew a long time ago. Can anyone provide some guidance, in terms of GJ specifically, at this juncture, whether this is a reasonable approach to take when working the G. Rhythm book?
My daily training consists of:
Rhythm Training; and
Some limited picking/solo training.
I am warming up with:
-Stephane Wrembel's initial open-string exercises;
-Gypsy Picking, through Basic Exercises and Picking Patterns.
Then, going into Rhythm:
1. Working the basic and intermediate chords. Basically, emulating what I had started in Mickey Baker's Jazz book, I am chromatically working these chords up and down the neck, as well as changing each between 5th and 6th string roots.
My basic question - sorry if it's a naive question to make - is there merit to doing this, or am I better off simply working the chords and songs? I ask, in part, because of what I've seen on the Manoucheries site re: chord voicings - talking about GJ chord shapes with roots "taking place mostly between" ) (say) F and C....which implies to me that it is rare to see certain chromatic chords. Because I am older, and have a lot of catching up to do, as much as I want to "learn it all," I also need to be realistic about a finite life, time, and what I can master over whatever stretch is left to me. Am I posing this clearly?
2. The basic Pompe exercises.
-Denis Chang's Accompaniment DVD.
I am following the rhythm work with more from Gypsy Picking, the Musical Examples sections; and general theory training.
The thrust of my question - is there good merit, in terms of training focus, to working the M, m, 6/9, 7th etc. chords chromatically, Fret 1 to Fret 12 and beyond?
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