There's no excuse. I can read music... WELL! So why can't I wail on the fingerboard making up incredible solos? Because the mentality of not learning the fingerboard, relying largely on "positions' has been a crutch. I never learned the fingerboard well enough to visualize it as patterns of NOTES rather than patterns of finger patterns. I'm pretty good in 1st position, but as we get higher up the neck my note identification weakens. But hopefully not for long. Before you read too much into that, if you put a chart of standard notation in front of me, I probably won't be able to sight read it (yet) but give me a day or two and I'll get it down. Again, I don't visualize the fingerboard as I should. I'm working on it and that will change. But age slows the process down. But if you put a tab chart down I will probably be even slower at picking it up. I don't relate to tab either. The string/fret notations mean only that- "put fingers down here". At least with standard notation, I'm a good enough reader to have a relationship with the sound even if I have to figure out where to put my fingers down; which position strategy to use, etc. Bottom line: I don't think I'll ever love tab or be good at it, but I'm hoping to learn the fingerboard well enough that when I see a tab notation I will instantly know which notes its referring to. Maybe that will change things. But for now there is a total disconnect between tablature and actual sound (forget about rhythm- another annoyance with tab). I think that is a problem for many or even most who only read tab. I dunno. What do you think? A false presumption? So right now I'm trying to work on exercises that make me really focus on the notes. As an example, one exercise is to play triads I ii iii IV V iv vii I, ascending on I, descending on ii, ascending on iii, etc. It's making me pay attention to the notes rather than the patterns and while slow in instantly recognizing notes. Music theory while isn't my greatest strength, 3 years of it in college many decades ago provides enough residuals of the basics that (fortunately) I don't have to worry about that as much as becoming fluent on the fingerboard. Any suggestions, exercises, etc to help sand-blast the overview of the fingerboard so I can see it instantaneously in a logical useable and strategic fashion? I'm open to suggestions. FWIW, my goal is to become hirable for theater and studio gigs where I know I have to come in, look at a chart for 5 minutes and just play.