Re: This helps me learn guitar
I always love these threads about ionians, pentatonics, shapes etc. Because I don't have the first idea what anyone's talking about. (Well, ok, not strictly true but...)
If you asked me to play a scale starting on the nth fret of the nth string, I could. Without thinking. I could even tell which key it was. Ask me what its 'proper' name is, which of the five (?) shapes it is...
Hell, I just play the damn thing and, to (eventually) answer your question, the thing that helps me learn faster is... practice.
1981 Ibanez Destroyer II - my first guitar
2001 White Pearloid E-series
2005 White Custom
2005 Classic GT
2005 Squire Strat
2007 Natural Custom Plus
2007 Prophecy GX
2008 Blue Std Plus
2008 Gibson Standard Faded Tobacco (my daughter's)
2010 Ibanez SA260FM TLB (my woman's)
Pics of them all here if you're interested