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Improvising Workshop - Level 4

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Forget about: you either have it or you don't!
    Forget about: you are born with it!

    Improvising is a skill like any other, and it requires practice. Join me in this new series completely dedicated to improvising, starting from the simples of concepts and going to advanced stuff.

    No matter if you just started using pentatonic scale, or you are advanced user of various modes and arpeggios, this series is intended to help you improvise with whatever knowledge you have at your disposal. Who knows, it could be that this was the missing link for you, link towards more quality improvising.

    As you know, the focus in the last lesson was on I - IV - V progression, or tonic - subdominant - dominant progression. We used C major key, C, F, G chords, and used 4 patterns: C major key pattern, and also C, F and G major arpeggios.

    In this lesson, we are going one step further. We learn what are key ingredients of blues improvisation. Since we are already familiar with I - IV - V harmony, let's put it into good use, create 12 bar blues structure, and try to follow it up with our choice of notes.

    Gear used in the lesson
    - Gibson SG Raw Power Series
    - Focusrite OctoPreMKII ADAT converter/preamp into EMU1212m system
    - Amplitube 3 (Silverface amp with spring reverb and compression)

    Patterns used in the lesson:

    C minor pentatonic:
    C

    C major pentatonic:
    C

    C minor blues:
    C

    Combined C major pentatonic, C minor pentatonic, and C blues:
    C

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