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Learn How to Improvise on Guitar in 30 Days

Guitar Insights: Learn my Proven Guitar System to Create Beautiful Guitar Solos On The Spot, in ANY Key Signature
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What Will I Learn?
Learn a proven system to improvise on guitar in any key signature
Create beautiful melodies on the spot
Move freely across the fretboard
Understand theory and APPLY it
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  • Computer / Tablet / Internet Connection
  • Your guitar (acoustic or electric)
  • Know how to read guitar tablature (tabs)
  • Motivation

Want to learn how to improvise on guitar in 30 days or less?

My name is Filippo Dall'Asta and I am a professional guitar player based in London, where I have been gigging and teaching guitar for the past 7 years. I have been playing guitar for 16 years now and I have studied music in Italy, Germany, India and England.

With this course, with one lesson a day, you will achieve amazing results and you will able to create beautiful solos on the spot in 30 days or less, whether you have never improvised before or you already improvise but are confused about certain things such as theory, what scales to use and techniques, and you need help to take you to the next level.

In my music career I did a lot of research on improvisation and I found a lot of good courses and information on the internet, but I could never find any courses that have a proper system to guide beginners to understand the theory behind it, learn what scales to use and start improvising all in one.
All I could find was scattered information here and there, either very very basic or very advanced.

So I thought I needed to put a course together that would cover all those aspects, so that any beginner could start improvising in no time and enjoy the freedom of expression that comes with it, without having to waste countless hours collecting fragmented information here and there on the internet.

I know out there there are thousands of videos and courses on improvisation but on this course you will get all the information that you would normally find separately on several courses, all boiled down into one.

You will see, improvising is very easy once you learn a couple of key elements and it doesn't take much time at all to get started.

This course is designed to guide you through three simple steps, a system that I developed years ago and that I still teach all of my students today, with great results.

Here are the three steps:




This course is very interactive and fun, you are going to learn a lot and play a lot as well.

There are quizzes, backing tracks in all key signatures to practice and jam on, and you can post questions and videos or recordings of yourself playing, to which you will receive individual feedback and tuition.

I am really happy and excited to have you on board, so let's get started!

Who is the target audience?
  • Both acoustic and electric guitarists who want to learn a simple system to start improvising in any key signature
  • Beginners with little or no knowledge of scales and music theory
  • This course is probably not for you if you're looking to learn more advanced and complex improvisation techniques
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 34 Lectures Collapse All 34 Lectures 05:56:05
The Theory: Know In Which Key You Are Given Any Chord Progression
14 Lectures 01:15:18

Welcome! This lecture is about what to expect from this course. Feel free to watch the other free
preview lessons. I hope to see you inside!

Preview 05:05

For any building to be strong, it needs strong foundations. The Chromatic Scale is the foundation of music theory and practice. In this lecture you will learn what the Chromatic Scale is and how to play it on your guitar.

The Chromatic Scale

Learn the C Major Scale and how to play it on your guitar.

The C Major Scale

In this lecture you will learn all the major scales. Their notes, their structure, and how to play them.
It's easy!

The Other Major Scales

In this video you will learn how to harmonize the C Major Scale. Harmonizing a scale is the process of deriving the chords from that particular scale. 

It is a concept that many beginners do not know, essential for knowing in what key signature you are given any chord progression, but also very useful for song writing! 

Harmonizing The C Major Scale in 3-note Chords (Triads)

This is a quick quiz, let's put to test what you have learned on the previous lecture!

Quiz on Lecture 5
6 questions

Now you will learn how to harmonize all the other major scales.
Again, it's very easy!

Harmonizing the Other Major Scales in 3-note Chords (Triads)
13 pages

This lecture builds on the previous lectures where we harmonized the major scales with 3-note chords or triads. We will use the same approach adding a 4th note. These new chords that we derive are called 4-note chords, or 7th chords. 

This type of chords come up very frequently so this is a very important step for you to have a solid theory background.

In this course, we learn these things not just for the sake of learning music theory. This is all information that you will need to understand if you want to improvise and that we will apply during this course.

Harmonizing The C Major Scale in 4-note Chords (7th Chords)

Here's how we derive the 4-note chords of all the other major scales.

Harmonizing the Other Major Scales in 4-note Chords (7th Chords)
13 pages

A very important lesson that will teach you how to know in which key signature you are given any chord progression.

How to Know In Which Key You Are (Part 1)

What Key Are These Chord Progressions In? (Part 1)
8 questions

Let's start talking about minor scales.
In this lesson you will learn the A Minor Scale and how to play it on your guitar.

The A Minor Scale

In this lecture you will learn all the other minor scales. Their notes, their structure, and how to play them.

The Other Minor Scales

In this lecture you will learn how to harmonize all the minor scales, in 3-note chords (triads) and 4-note chords (7th chords).

Harmonizing the Minor Scales in Triads and 4-note Chords

Given a chord progression, how to tell if you are in the major or minor key.

How to Know In Which Key You Are (Part 2)

What Key Are These Chord Progressions In? (Part 2)
7 questions

Congratulations, you made it to the end of the first section...thank you!
I hope you are having fun and you are learning a lot. Now you are ready to move on to section two, where the real action begins!

You are about to learn a quick and easy system to play any major or minor scale in any key signature, just by learning 4 simple shapes on your guitar.

Conclusions For Section 1
The Shapes : How to Play All the Major and Minor Scales in All Key Signatures
7 Lectures 40:43

Welcome to Section 2!

This section is your second step into learning how to improvise in every key signature. You will learn what scale to use on what chords.

I will show you how to play all the major and minor scales in all key signatures just by learning 4 shapes on your guitar neck.

On this module you will also find links to backing tracks in ALL keys, so that you can practice everything that I will teach you as much you want :)

Preview 01:14

The first of our 4 shapes.

Shape 1 In C Major

The second of our 4 shapes.

Shape 2 In C Major

The third of our 4 shapes.

Shape 3 in A Minor

The fourth of our 4 shapes.

Shape 4 In A Minor

In this lecture you will learn how to move the 4 shapes to all the other key signatures.

Let's Move The Shapes to The Other Keys

Well done, you made it to the end of section 2! 

I hope you are learning a lot from this course and you are having a great time, I am looking forward to introducing you to the next section: Improvising!

Conclusions For Section 2
Improvising: How to Create Beautiful, Meaningful Solos.
9 Lectures 37:45

Well done for reaching section 3, where the real action begins!
In this section you will learn how to improvise and create beautiful, meaningful solos.

Preview 01:52

In this lecture you will learn and practice the first step to start to improvising. 

It is called "randomizing" the scale: Once you found the shape that you need to use on a chord sequence, you start playing its notes in a random order. 

This is to get you used to not using the scale as a scale anymore, but as a collection of notes that you are free to use as you like to improvise and express yourself.

You will surprise yourself with how many cool lines you can already come up with just using this simple trick!

"Randomizing" The Scale

Now, after you have practiced "randomizing" the scale, in this lecture you will learn how to play separate phrases in your solos.

This is a very important aspect of improvisation. 

After all, music is not only made by notes but also by the space in between them.

Create Separate "Phrases"

This short lesson is to talk about a very important aspect of approaching improvisation: Play slowly!

Most students make the same mistake of wanting to play fast, because they think fast = good. This is, in my opinion, a big illusion.

If you play slowly, it's a lot easier to communicate something special, even if your technique is not very good yet.

Preview 03:40

In this lecture you will learn how to create a main, recurring theme in your solos. 

If you improvise without focusing on a main idea, you will end up playing everything and nothing.
It's like a writer who writes his first book using all his ideas at once and then has got no more material to write another book.

So your solos need a recurring "theme" or "phrase" that will keep your audience attentive and interested.

Create a Main, Recurring Theme

At this point, after you learned how to create the main theme for your improvisation, you might have realized that if you keep playing the same phrase over and over, there is also the risk that your solos can become a bit boring and repetitive.

In this lecture you will learn how to come up with small "variations" of that theme, so that you can keep featuring it in your solo without boring your audience.

Come Up With Variations Of The Main Theme

In this lecture you will learn how to take what you have learned so far and move it to all the other key signatures.

Try the Other Backing Tracks and Improvise In a Different Key

In this video you will learn how to use the rules of storytelling in order to create beautiful, meaningful solos on the spot.

Develop a Plot: Initial Situation, Rising Action, Climax, Resolution

Congratulations, you are an improviser!

Conclusions For Section 3
Extra Content
3 Lectures 22:41

In this bonus lecture you will learn how to deal with mistakes during improvisation, which is especially helpful in live situations.

Extra Lecture: How to Deal With Mistakes During Live Improvisation

In this lecture you will learn how to improvise on chord progressions featuring one or more chords that don't belong to the same key.

Extra Lecture: How to Deal with Out-of-Key Chords

In this lecture you will learn the basics of Blues improvisation.

Extra Lecture: How to Improvise Blues
Bonus Lecture: FREE 30 Minutes Skype Consultation
1 Lecture 00:31
Bonus Lecture: FREE 30 Minutes Skype Consultation
About the Instructor
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1,390 Students
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Tech Music Schools Graduate, 10+ Years Working Pro.

I am a London based guitarist with several years of experience in performing live and in studios, as well as teaching, composing and arranging music across several countries.

I love working and constantly challenging himself on many styles of music, including soul, rock, classical, gospel, funk and Gypsy jazz. I am always looking forward to learning new material and collaborating with musicians and singers alike, always with the aim of creating beautiful, and meaningful music.

I was born in Parma, Italy, into a family of musicians. My first instrument was piano at this age of 5, but then moved onto classical and electric guitar when I was 13. Since which I have not looked back, and my love for this instrument continues to grow, resulting in a passion to learn it inside-out.

I studied classical guitar with Giuseppe Parisi (2001-2006) , a conservatory school of music teacher, who provided me with a very strong and solid technique, and also a huge understanding of harmony.
I also attended a school specifically for electric guitar at the “Music Academy 2000” in Bologna (2003-2005) .

In 2007 I moved on to study tango guitar in Berlin. This is where I developed a strong interest in eastern and Indian music, hence my decision to spend half a year in India to study sitar, which I still play today.

Finally In 2010 I moved to London where I graduated at Tech Music Schools.

Currently, as well as doing session work for numerous bands and artists in the UK, I teach guitar as one-to-one lessons, or as part of bigger workshops.

I am also part of several exciting musical projects, including “Gypsy Dynamite” and “Harp Bazaar“

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