Improvisation Lesson. Part1

author: marighlo date: 05/27/2011 category: music theory
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Remember that in the music all is already written, and sayed, but the thing here is how you will say it, this is the most important in improvisation. Express yourself We begin with the basic minor pentatonic form in the guitar, you should know that the pentatonic is based on the relative minor from the major scale. The relative minor from any major scale is the VI grade so if you're playing in C you're relative minor will be A:
   I  II III  IV  V  VI VII  VIII
   C  D   E   F   G  A   B    C
(grades of the C scale) You need to learn the pentatonics perfectly perfectly, so that you begin to improvise quickly The number is the finger number I will no write in which fret because the fret you take inicially in the 6th string with finger 1 is the tone that you're playing in: 4 fret distance
1st l-o-l l--l l- -l l-o-l
2st l-o-l l--l l- -l l- -l
3th l-o-l l--l l-o-l l- -l
4th l-o-l l--l l-o-l l- -l
5th l-o-l l--l l-o-l l- -l
6th l-o-l l--l l- -l l-o-l
So if you being in the 5th fret it would be I pentatonic form
      A    A#    B     C
1st l-o-l l--l l- -l l-o-l
2st l-o-l l--l l- -l l-o-l
3th l-o-l l--l l-o-l l- -l
4th l-o-l l--l l-o-l l- -l
5th l-o-l l--l l-o-l l- -l
6th l-o-l l--l l- -l l-o-l
(you can only use the circles) So that you should use a chord progression in A minor, as Stairway to heaven, or rock and roll from led zeppelin too to improvise, almost any song that includes Am Dm Em chords, if you don't like led zeppelin you should use this site http://www.guitarbackingtracks.com and search for a rock shuffle in A minor. You will find one, I assure you. My advice from here is that you play first the first pentatonic form scale several times, after a while keep playing the scale but with the 2nd pentatonic minor form combined, so you begin to experiment the sounds, after a while you should play it but trying not to sound as a sacle, I mean melody in your sound:
       I                II
pentatonic form  Pentatonic form  (beginning in 7 - 10 fret)   
Frets 5     6      7     8     9     10        
      A    A#      B     C    C#     D  
 1st l-o-l l--l  l- -l l-o-l l- -l l-o-l
 2st l-o-l l--l  l- -l l-o-l l- -l l-o-l
 3th l-o-l l--l  l-o-l l- -l l-o-l l- -l
 4th l-o-l l--l  l-o-l l- -l l- -l l-o-l 
 5th l-o-l l--l  l-o-l l- -l l- -l l-o-l 
 6th l-o-l l--l  l- -l l-o-l l- -l l-o-l
So Study alot my students, here was Diego from MExico, with the first lesson ever written, I hope you like it, if you like then I'll write more later.
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