The next round of posts with be the Octave Explorer system. It’s done me a world of good and hope it can do the same for you.
Octave Explorer is learning system which uses the octave structures in standard tuning for the basis of exploration. We are using each of them [there are 7] to improvise and to create melodies/chords. We are using a set of maps and our imagination to create music. By relying on our own process of discovery, we get to know our fretboards, really well, at the same time we learn what our resonant musical inclinations are [personal style building].
We train, build chords, play scales, get imaginative, jam.
For each octave, we play every possible chord combination from a particular set of tones. Our chord library quickly expands. Whether we need to know the names of every possible chord is up to each of us. The idea is that if it sounds good, use it.
Chord playing does include arpeggios [broken chords]. See musical definitions on this Nucleus resource page.
With these tones, we also train and jam as single tones [be melodic; play scales]. We will use scale names [aka modes], just to have a name for a group of tones, but you could also work with each octave map [tone group] at the base level of sound and skip trying to remember names. Again, this is up to you. Yet, this method is a great way to get into more advanced scale types with a few changes to Major scale [we call these exchanges].
We use Numera [root as 0] and tone names. We build two modes in each octave, one Major and one minor.
The idea here is to simply experiment with each of the octaves, then join them together however we can imagine. We build chords, play scales, solo, mix things together, play arpeggios, double and triple stops. Anything we can dream up.
We can jettison the Numera and mode talk and just follow the exploration path. All of this is up to you, as things always are. We are simply providing a means for everyone to experiment with the materials of our musical system using a specific mapping system. This way, style can develop with the least interference, and we get to know our fretboards really well.