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Learn which of the modal scale shapes contain the pentatonic shapes you know. This way you can still use the pentatonic shapes as a foundation or home base while having access to the diatonic notes if you feel like adding them.


For your first solos I suggest you write it down, practice like hell, and play that. If you want to learn improvisation on the trombone, listen and transcribe j.j.Johnson, and Curtis fuller, you will learn all the tricks


You are asking, (1) which instrument will you use, and (2) what advice can we give you for getting started with soloing, which you find rather daunting at this point. You can buy a book and play along CD. Once you've learned a tune well, you're reading to try improvising with both instruments while listening to the play-along track. Hopefully this will ...


Being able to play any scale, from any position within that scale, and in any combination of intervals (rather than just stepwise motion up or down) is simply the very beginning and the bare minimum required to be a competent improviser (without spending decades learning how to "do it by ear only"). Understanding basic harmony, which means understanding the ...


Following on from Matt's excellent answer, one thing I get my pupils to do is make up a phrase, say 6 or 7 notes, in a particular key, using, say, major, minor or blues. Then to be able to move it around the neck, and play it in any octave, starting on any string (dependent on the phrase, obviously), in maybe two different ways from a start note. The start ...


Let me get this straight. You think that the way you play the guitar is unique lol. There isn't anything anyone could play on an instrument that hasn't been done billions of times before in tonal music. You are already playing scales whether you like it or not. You think you are playing by ear, but guessing witch notes sound right isn't really playing by ...


The most important thing is to be able to know and see on your guitar the intervals between each scale tone and the root note. If you're able to do this then you're independent of the key and you don't necessarily need to know the name of the note that you play, as long as you know its relation to the root of the scale. So when you learn scale patterns make ...

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