What do you guys prefer?
Using root notes as navigation, moving patterns around as to fit the new chord/key. Just my simple definition. May not cover enough
Playing with notenames on the fretboard, consciously/unconsciously thinking on how each note relates to the underlying harmony. Likewise, my simple definition.
There are obviously some pros and cons to both these approaches. My opinions follow below, and I'm sure you'll see where I'm coming from (i.e. a slight bias)
Patterns - Pros:
Ease of playing. This is definately the easier approach, especially if progressions are diatonic and fairly easy to follow. Easy to apply some tricks like moving motifs up a minor thirds or halfstep down and things like that.
Patterns - Cons:
Playing without _really_ knowing what you play. Difficult to change patterns all the time, especially if the progressions _aren't_ that diatonic and hard to follow.
Notes - Pros:
Can play relatively safe and "in" once you have the notes of a key down cold. Couple this with an understanding of chordtones and nonchordtones, and you are quite well off. Arpeggioes can be executed without having to memorize them, as long as you know which notes make up each one.
Notes - Cons:
Having to memorize the notes on the fretboard, as well as knowing by rote how each note functions against different chords. Having to memorize every scale (i.e. collection of notes) you are to use, as well as arpeggioes.
This list is purely with regards to soloing. Chords is another beef which we may touch upon if this proves to be a fruitful discussion