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Learning to Improvise on Guitar...


Learning to improvise on guitar can take a considerable amount of work understanding; scales, arpeggios, phrasing techniques and fretboard layout. Begin by taking a single note and map it across your entire fretboard. Place chords of major or minor type which root themselves off of the notes you have mapped out. In the video I used the note of, "C." If you use the same note, then build "C Major," or "C Minor," chords across your neck inside the octave templates.

The skills of soloing have a lot to do with having an excellent connection between left and right hand technique. This means that phrasing devices are also very important.

Phrasing Devices include, but are not limited to:

 • slides
 • bends
 • hammer-ons and pull-offs
 • legato technique
 • vibrato, (with the finger and the whammy bar).

Phrasing lines well can help you to achieve a strong sense of connectedness to your melodies.
During improvisation, work at creating melodic phrases that blend nicely from statement to
statement. The melodic line should flow and sound as if the phrases tell a complete story.




Handouts for the online video lesson:

Fretboard Layout
Scales Handout
MP3 Jam