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jammer91
post Jan 19 2008, 03:22 PM
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Hi Kris, youve been doing a fantastic job with this site. I joined a bit more than 6 months ago and i see so much changes. There have been so many new instructors, there has been endless efforts for site expansions, who would have ever thought of a lesson planner, virtual band and soon a guitar wiki. This site has helped me benefit in many ways as well. Ive learnt so much and, you may not believe it but it has made me more open minded (i used to make fun of blues and jazz and things like that, but now ive been sort of obsessed with blues, and with my change in attitude ive been looking at things in a different perspective). I have undoubtedly become much better, but when i try to come up with my own riffs or try to improvise im still a beginner. The thing is, i can play a lot of intermediate stuff on GMC, but i fail to use creativity and write my own songs, solos, riffs etc.

I then realized the importance of scales in playing. I went through you pentatonic lessons and through some of Andrews theory lessons. They strange thing is the more i learn scales the more i started to become a systematic robot, plucking two notes on each string in a pentatonic scale (atleast i could come up with so killer metal riffs before, but now i dont know why ive even lost that).

As I further let GMC guide me i then came to find out about the term "lick"?
I do not understand this whole licking concept, but the part that i think i understand is that you use licks together to create solos. I understand how to change licks around and manipulate them to use them in my own music. The main problem i face is not quite simple. My theory foundation is in one word- obsolete. But i do beleive that learning scales is enough (dont have to worry about chords progressions and all as long as you know the key). So my problem is as follows:
-Are licks confined to certain scales or even keys? (because ive noticed that youve mentioned many times that this lick works the C minor pentatonic, and i fail to understand why it can be used with C minor pentatonic. Why not A minor pentatonic or B minor scale?)
-How do you move licks around in scales? (this is something i really need examples in)

So Kris, may i please request a 1-0-1 lesson on improvising that can clear all my doubts. Many GMCers are also facing this problem and this something that we can just spark off in our little heads, we really need your guidance.

I see loads of licks in GMC, but i cant even use one of them. It just is frustrating playing a lick over and over again in just one section of the fret board.

I do understand youre very busy with GMC work, but whenever you are able to set aside time for another GMC lesson can you please put the topic on improvising? Your lessons are very, very professionals and ive benefited from every one of them that ive practiced. I may have missed an improvising lesson somewhere, so if I have please do let me know.

Thanks yet again Kris

[Note: Sorry for the 6 foot post, but this is a really vast topic and i just couldnt help pouring my views onto the keyboard)


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post Jan 19 2008, 04:37 PM
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Hi Kris, Just a head up here, but i think im on my way to improvising. I cant exactly move licks up and down the fretboard, but i can use techniques in the minor pentatonic and get so deent soloing. Im proud i can get my guitar to "talk". I should pay more attention to David's lesson. This was my inspiration:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...tatonic-scale/#

I better record an mp3 of that lesson and thank him soon.


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Paul Coutts
post Jan 20 2008, 06:50 AM
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yeah, David's lessons is definetly useful and very cool. But I'd also bee interestde in seeing Kris's ideas in a video smile.gif

This post has been edited by Paul Coutts: Jan 20 2008, 09:09 AM


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Paul Coutts
post Jan 20 2008, 09:30 AM
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Btw, scales are not the be all and end all of improvising. Think arpeggios. Fantastic tools for writing melodic material.
As for various licks...they are confined only to the scale 'shapes'.
Of course an A minor lick can be played in C minor...just transpose the shape from A minor to C minor, and voila smile.gif
Oh...and it's not enough to memorize some scale shapes...you gotta understand the scales, listen to them over chords and hear what they're doing. The more you do this, the more you'll have a feel for improvising.
Good luck biggrin.gif


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post Jan 22 2008, 09:49 PM
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Awesome to hear Jammer - thanks! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

I'll see if we can get such a lesson - until then I would recommend having a look at Smells improvisation lesson:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=10953

Which I think does cover the concept you are asking for.

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post Mar 20 2008, 06:09 PM
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I've been here a little under two months and it's helped me improve so much more then I could have expected. Pinch, Tapped, and Natural Harmonics have all been learned thanks to this site. I'm finally starting to learn scales, my technique is much better then before, I've started to learn how to sweep, and overall this website has just been plain great. Everyone is so nice here, too!
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