Wicked, thanks man.

I assume that it is very important to know the notes... How long does it ususally take to memorize the neck so that you know it really well?
that would depend on your capastiy to remember incoming information. i forget sometimes but it always comes back. ppl memorize at different paces. take it slow. dont strain yourself.
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i've never made an effort to memoize notes on the neck, it just kinda sticks with me as I play
Just the other thing I was thinking of trying is when learning a song that requires say picking I would learn the notes that I am picking, I am not much of a theory person but they usually follow some sort of pattern do they not???