Ok, I'm trying to get my sight reading down but I'm having a problem when it comes to how I think about my playing. I'm trying to learn where all the notes on the neck are, but there are two ways to go about this, and I'm wondering how you guys think of it. The first way is just to memorize hand positions (i.e. half position on E string is 1=F, 2=F#, 4=G, etc) and do this for all the hand positions on all the strings. This makes sense because it makes sure you have proper technique in terms of hand position while you're playing. The con is that it's a lot of information to memorize and thinking about which position to go to next is another daunting task to learn. The second is just to know where each note is on the neck on each string (i.e. basically have an idea of where G on the E string is). This makes sense to me because then you don't have to worry as much about strict positions, and it will presumably allow for more fluent playing, as you can shift more without thinking of what the best hand position is. The con, though, is that technique may suffer some. I'm just wondering what all your thoughts are. My teacher has said learning positions is how he did it, but he did it in a wierd fashion. His teacher taught him things like G position on the E string, so the first finger is on G. That way, I guess he sort of learned it both ways, having to know where the first note is, but also knowing the proper hand position. Any advice?