Visualize CAGED System; Key of G

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.

Chord Connections…..

Again, many guitar players and teachers find it helpful to relate each Major Scale pattern to a Major Chord form. Whats more, a high level teaching strategies have long been teaching students various ways of earning the name of every note on the guitar and the exact letter name of every note in every scale. This is not as impossible as it might sound especially when focus on one key at a time. Through this power of narrowing your focus you can learn the whole neck and the entire Five Position System in much less time than you may have thought.

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.

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