Your comments definitely resonate with me and I’d bet loads of other readers, Si. It’s a confidence thing, I think: if you feel unsure of any area of the neck – like the bottom three strings or, indeed, above the 12th fret – you won’t feel comfortable there. Larry Carlton says he learns every lick or triad, in every position on the fretboard, including above the 12th fret on the lowest three strings. If we all did that, we’d increase our potential – and our confidence at playing in these ‘dusty’ areas – hugely. Glad you enjoyed the feature.
Thanks for the Above The 12th Fret feature (GT258). I’d always used the dusty end as a ‘last resort’ in my playing. I’d get towards the climax of a solo and think, ‘I should go up an octave now, but I’ll only play the same old licks 12 frets up’. And that deterred me from wanting to do so. It had never occurred to me to use the smaller fret spaces to their advantage, and your article gave me heaps of ideas to be getting on with. I don’t usually do tapping, but a couple of those licks made me smile – and raised an eyebrow or two from the other guitarist in my band. He wants the mag now, too - but he can buy his own! Thanks, guys.