Guitar - Beginning to Improvise
- this course will require a guitar
- an electric guitar is preferable but an acoustic will work with some modifications to the techniques discussed.
This course looks at the basics building blocks of improvisation for guitar. We will use a 12 bar blues in the key of A as the foundation for the lead guitar in this course. The course will be taught on electric guitar but the principles work for acoustic guitar as well. The course is centered around improvising over an audio backing track provided for students. Course content is video and audio. Students with a basic knowledge of Pentatonic Scales should be able to work through the exercises with some improvement in a few weeks. Beginners may take 2-4 weeks before they are familiar with the Pentatonic scales before they begin to advance to a meaningful application of the exercises. Any guitarist who has wanted to try improvisation but was reluctant to try should benefit from this course. The course begins with background information on the 12 bar blues progression and scale patterns on the guitar. The bulk of the course comprises on hands on practical exercises that will improve and encourage your improvisation and creativity on the guitar.
- students should have a minimum of 6 months to 1 year guitar playing experience.
- students should have an interest in blues guitar or a willingness to learn
- ideal candidates will have knowledge of pentatonic scales and I IV V chord progressions
- ideal candidates will be comfortable with playing the chord changes to a 12 bar blues and able to hear when the chords change
- basic technical proficiency on the guitar will ensure you get the most out of this course. Although anybody is welcome to try.
- you should be willing to practice at least 20 minutes a day to get the most out of this material
- Course Overview02:12
- What is Improvisation?02:57
- The Chromatic Scale and Notes on the Guitar04:16
- The Structure of a 12 Bar Blues03:52
- THE I IV V Dominant 7th Chords05:49
- Dominant 7th Chords3 questions
- The 12 Bar Blues Chord Progression02:13
- Our Backing Track03:06
- You know the notes, now go find them on the fretboard.06:47
- The A Minor Pentatonic Scale10:27
- The Minor Pentatonic Scale1 question
- Your First Try at Improvising04:56
- Sing away02:30
- Limiting Note Choice03:14
- Rhythm Handcuffs01:55
- Call and Response01:45
- You say you want a resolution?02:14
- The Blues note.01:55
- Putting the right notes over the right chord.01:05
- Right notes Right Chords Example 201:26
- Rinse and Repeat03:35
- Playing with Dynamics05:34
- The Major Pentatonic02:46
- Mix em up!02:00
- A little flash01:51
- Position Playing02:21
- Final Example05:29
Guitarist and musican with over 20 years experience playing and teaching guitar. I've been teaching guitar online since 2006. I've recorded music for use in apps, soundtracks and recordings. I run a guitar blog and am currently designing a new guitar teaching website 'Get into Guitar'. My expertise is in blues and rock guitar but I've dabbled in genres from Country and Celtic to Jazz, Funk and African. My YouTube channel 'VideoGuitarLessons' has exceeded 2 million views and counting .