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Creative improvisation TIP’s

Creative improvisation TIP’s:

Creative Improvisation Tips

Take a one-chord vamp and play with it until you come up with something different than you usually would play, but that you still like.. I tried to avoid the usual pentatonic/ Blues guitar things

In this one, it’s in A7 or a //: G/A / A7 :// vamp. By using this technique, the chances are you will come up with some creative playing.
In this one, I played melodies on a scale that’s got the notes: A,  A#, D,  E, G,(A). Other scales used were the half-whole diminished scale (starting from the root A) A, Bb, C, C#, D#, E, F#, G,(A) and the A Mixolydian scale: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G, (A)
One of my favorites is the Mixolydian b2 scale; In A it would be: A, Bb, C#, D, E, F#, G,(A)

If you are new to this, I’d suggest that you start out for example with the A minor pentatonic scale at fret 5. the notes: A, C, D, E, G, A from a 6th string in TABs: E-string: 5,8. A- string: 5,7. D-string: 5,7 G- string: 5,7. B- string: 5,8. E- string: 5,8. Learn this scale by heart.
Search for an A- Mixolydian backing track (A7 one-chord backtrack) on YouTube.

  • Put the backing on
  • Listen/ keep your ears open
  • Play the scale up and down to the tempo of the backing
  • Try to lock as well as you can to the rhythm of the track
  • Try to change the order of the notes that you play by ear, listen to how they sound and relate to each other and the chord and rhythm( the backing track)
  • Maybe learn a couple of Blues guitar licks in A and try them over the backing.
  • Learn the A major pentatonic A,B,C#E,F#,(A)and the A- Blues scale: A,C,D,D#,E,G(A)
  • Learn the A- Country Blues scale: A, B, C, C#, E, G,(A) and do the same with those you did with A minor pentatonic scale
  • Then with time by repeating, rehearsing, you will become more fluent with this, and you will see stuff will start to ’pop out’ while you play!


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  1. Informative article, just what I needed.

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