"10 Tonal Exercises" Volume 2 (melodic) - 5 Note Groupings
The following exercises based on a “five note grouping” motif have been one of the most important elements in my own fretboard mastery quest. To me they are ideal to build and establish a very strong and reliable navigational system on the instrument and provide a strong nucleus and framework for melodic vocabulary development.
The initial pattern is based on a 9th arpeggio (5 note arpeggio) but as the pattern evolves throughout the range of the instrument you will see its intervallic structure also change. As you might notice this process favors the physical rather than musical transposition to allow a more uniform movement throughout the many different modes and positions and help us digest and internalize the melodic geometry behind it.
For the purpose of this book all exercises are presented in the key of F major but I strongly encourage you to transpose and move to all 12 keys and also try them in different scalar systems; melodic minor, etc.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and discover a whole new side to practicing.
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