A while back we were discussing position playing vs open strings. Several mentioned they play everything at the 5th fret.
It just dawned on me - what they were saying - or at least I think they were saying. Use the 5th fret position the same way you would use open strings. For example:
Major Scale Box @ the 5th fret.
G|-------|-------|-------|-------| 1st string
Song is in D I go to the 5th fret position and adjust the G# back to a natural G, i.e use the 5th fret as home base and adjust for sharps and or flats. D's not a big problem, however F is as well as E, etc.
Is that what using "5th fret for everything" - in position playing entails? If so I do not see the advantage.
What brought all this to a head, I've started playing Praise music which will use more of the minor chords than I'm used to playing - I have been using Nashville numbers with the fake chord sheet music and having to transpose the fake chord from chord names to Nashville numbers is becoming a chore. Seems like I need to move away from Nashville numbers and use the fake chord that has chord name - and brush up on where the minors are.
You guys that use the 5th fret position for everything --- comments welcomed. Little confused, help!