Visualization Training, 5 Position System: A Major Scale

This is an improvisation and visualization exercise dealing with the 5 shapes of the A Major Scale. Your focus here is two fold:

  • Seeing The Scale Shapes– shapes on the fingerboard of your guitar, practicing until you know them, glancing at the animation from only time to time to facilitate and bolster the memorizaton proces
  • Improvisational Skills -Using the Scale Patterns, and short scale passages to create small and interesting bits of melodic material right on the spot (straight away).
Chord Connections…..

As you play practice and creat melodic material remember:

  • The practice of finding chord tones or pieces of certain chords within the scale can make a scale sound musical, as we’ve seen by learning to play the classical and traditional melodic studies in this course.
  • The same type of concentration, the same ear and fingers if you will, used when reciting and learning melodies has far reaching positive effects on developing improvisational skills.

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