This animation was designed as a improvisation and visualization exercise, for learning and playing the complete cycle of all five scale patterns in the Five Position System. As you study and make new mental notes concerning the the scale shapes you’re imagining which finger to start the scale pattern with. When you play the animation for a third or fourth time make an effort to quickly improvise music with the entire scale you see illustrated on your screen. As the next scale fades into view, move into that new scale shape as quickly and as smoothly as possible, while maintaining the spirit and tempo of your improvisation. This exercise will help you to see the entre neck and develop smooth, multi-position melodies and fingerings on the fly. As you conclude your practice time with the exercise, stop the animation at each of the five shapes to refine and develop any interesting ideas you may have been working with.
This Guided Practice lesson supplement is designed to increase your powers of visualization, memorization and musical improvising with the scale patterns of the Five Position System. We highly suggest using these visualizations and play along exercises often and regularly.