Improvising Workshop - Level 5

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 fifth in line, and will use all the knowledge we gathered so far. In the 2 previous lessons, we focused on I-IV-V progression, as key progression in modern music. In this lesson, we are using parallel minor chords of the key: vi - ii - iii progression. This one is also essential for understanding how to improvise effectively.

    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)

    Patterns used in the lesson:

    C major key pattern:

    A minor arpeggio:

    D minor arpeggio:

    E minor arpeggio:
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