Thomas Berglund is a musician that has played in many different styles through the years and he has his heart in music with improvisation.
I also show and discuss the exercises in the video lesson to the article.
We start from G minor and checking out the G minor pentatonic scale in the 3rd position.
G minor pentatonic scale:
The exercise is about to limit yourself with tones to use more of the rhythm so we choose to play on the 3rd and the 4th string in that box. That'll be the red marked tones in the tabs below.
Play the red marked tones in a row in the same order and change the rhythm through the exercise. Now we have limit the tones but also limit how you play the tones so you must use the rhythm to make it interesting. I recommend to practice the exercises to a backing track when it's good to have a beat to lean on.
In the next exercise you improvise freely but only with the red marked tones.
The next step is to change key in the exercise. We modulate to Bb minor and play between G minor and Bb minor with the same exercise. First the tones in a row in the same order and changing rhythm and then to improvise with the red marked tones.
Here's the Bb minor pentatonic scale in the 3rd position.
So the exercise is about to limit the tones to get more out of the rhythms.
Here I choose to use the pentatonic scale on the 3rd and 4th string in G minor and Bb minor but you can of course choose other keys and other strings to the exercise. You can also change key more frequently than I do.
This is an easy way to practice the rhythmic flow. I have practice this much and it has helped me a lot and it inspire me to find new rhythmic ideas in my playing.
I finish the video lesson to improvise all over the neck but I'm only using the 3rd and the 4th string and changing between the pentatonic scale in the two keys there are G minor and Bb minor.
Down below are the tones all over the neck on the guitar with the two keys.
I have also redmark the tones on the 3rd and 4th string.
The G minor pentatonic scale.pdf
The Bb minor pentatonic scale.pdf
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