#1
Im trying to get better at improvising (an area in which I currently suck) are there any methods you could use to get better at it, tips for imrovising etc
#5
The more familiar you are with your instrument and the way music functions, the easier improv becomes
#7
What MyShadow says is correct. Being a good improviser isn't about learning licks. It's about the ability to think of musical ideas and then express them.

So start working on your ear. Practice - but make sure you're thinking. A lot of people improvise by letting their fingers think for them - they rely on muscle memory and their soloing gets very repetitive.
#8
Learn major/minor scales and positions. Combine them with good technique and ear training then find a decent backing track to jam to.

Try this one. It's helped me a lot, a long with a few other tracks in different keys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFA5-u3Gv5s

Also, make sure you try different keys as well. Don't limit yourself to one key.
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#9
i started just using major pentatonic scale,took me ages to think outside that scale but i just noodle and try diff notes or skip strings etc,i find i improvise well under pressure,i often come up with great stuff while recording,esp when trying to make a solo for a riff ive made,if u have the time i would learn more scales,i think i am playing alot of diff scales without even knowing it,it works for me,have fun!