How To Improvise On Guitar

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Improvisation is the ability to make art on the spot. It is something that comes out of us and expresses who we are and how we feel. It is a language that knows no boundaries.

 
 
Part 1: The scales

Four essential scales for improvising on guitar are the minor pentatonic, minor blues, major pentatonic, and the major blues scale. The minor blues scale is simply a minor pentatonic scale with a ♭5 also. A Major blues scale is a major pentatonic with a ♭3. Therefore, when learning the blues scales the pentatonic scales are within those two scales.

How To Improvise On Guitar Part 1

 

Part 2: Variations on the the 1st and 2nd strings and the hybrid scale.

How To Improvise On Guitar Part 2

 

Part 3: Adding the 3rd string to the hybrid scale.

How To Improvise On Guitar Part 3

 

Part 4: Riffs using the blues scales.

How To Improvise On Guitar Part 4

 

Part 5: Riffs using all the strings.

How To Improvise On Guitar Part 5

 

Part 6: Change running over the twelve bar blues.

How To Improvise On Guitar Part 6

 

Part 7: Change running continued.

How To Improvise On Guitar Part 7

 

Part 8: Change running and neighbor notes.

How To Improvise On Guitar Part 8

 

Part 9: Interval maps of the scales and chords.

How To Improvise on Guitar Part 9

 
 

 All of the exercises are in he key of G. The twelve bar blues in the video is a backing track for improvising.

 

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