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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Improvisation Part 11: Melodic Improvisation Single String 2-5-1 Examples Part 1

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[MUSIC]
Okay, let's
start putting this into practice with our
2-5-1, D-minor seventh, G seventh, C.
Let's start.
We'll get the, the backing track going and
we can do that.
[MUSIC]
That's what we're playing here.
Very simple.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Now, let's play, let's work on the triad
with targeting the first note.
Okay I'll start now.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
that's third with a the first root note.
[MUSIC]
Really simple.
[MUSIC]
Okay, and lets do it with a third.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
[MUSIC]
Now the fifth.
[MUSIC]
I'm just going to leave it at the first,
third, and fifth for the moment now.
They're our targets notes.
[MUSIC]
So let's do something, first of all, with,
with the first.
[MUSIC]
So you know that D-minor's coming up.
So.
[MUSIC]
That can be our first thing there.
And then on G we'll do the same thing, on
the C we'll do the same thing.
[MUSIC]
I know it sounds corny,
but it's gonna get better.
[MUSIC]
Let's do the same thing with the third.
[MUSIC]
Now let's do the same thing with the
fifth.
[MUSIC]
Okay, that's pretty corny.
Let's do it, let's do something again with
the first.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Still corny, but it's getting better.
Okay, let's work on the third.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
The third target note is a little bit of a
favorite of mine.
It's one, whenever I'm in, in a moment of
danger,
that moment of fear, go to the third.
Let's try the fifth target note.
[MUSIC]
This is quite a corny sounding one but
here we go.
One, a two, a one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay, that's the fifth.
Now, let's start,
with our target notes let's start doing
some melodic embellishments.
Let's, let's start making it a little bit
musical.
Okay with our first target, target note.
[MUSIC]
Now let's do it with a third, which is
probably the hipper interval of the lot.
One a two, a one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
And now we've got the fifth.
A one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Oh, let's try that one again.
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
One, a two, a one, so
let's target the fifth.
[MUSIC]
Okay there we go.
[MUSIC]