Improvising Workshop - Level 3

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.

    This lesson is the third in line, and as before, we are going one step further with our improvising journey. For now the focus is on expanding our skill to improvise over various chords. We covered C major and A minor in the previous lessons. In this one, it's time for one very important progression, one that can be found throughout modern music. This is I - IV - V progression, or tonic - subdominant - dominant progression. Now several patterns come into play: C major key pattern, and 3 arpeggio patterns for corresponding chords. Don't worry, we are going step by step. Follow the videos, create a practice routine in the end (check out the one I gave as an example), and have fun playing with notes!

    After watching this lesson, if you think you need to work a bit more on arpeggios or chords, check out these two series of mine, to systematically develop all the "tools" needed for improvising: Arpeggio Workshop Series, Chord Workshop Series

    Gear used in the lesson
    - US 60th Anniversary Modded Strat, neck and bridge pickups
    - Focusrite OctoPreMKII ADAT converter/preamp into EMU1212m system
    - Cubase 5 DAW, with Amplitube 3 (Silverface amp with spring reverb and compression), or Vintage Amp Room (BlackFace amp with slight vibrato effect)

    Patterns used in the lesson:

    C major key pattern:

    C major arpeggio:

    F major arpeggio:

    G major arpeggio:
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