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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Improvisation Part 12: Melodic Improvisation Single String 3-6-2-5 Part 2

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[MUSIC]
So
we've taken it from the, the very basics
of the scale.
The, the triads, the arpeggios.
I've brought in some target notes,
chromatics.
[MUSIC]
And what's happening here is,
when I'm playing this, I'm not thinking
about every note in the scale of each
chord, now if you start doing that it's
gonna, it's just gonna pass you by.
You can't do that just target a note, find
a note.
He said, well, that one works, that one
fits in there and
soon we can play around with that.
[MUSIC]
Find little motifs.
[MUSIC]
G.
[MUSIC]
Now, when I was doing two, five, ones and
I started from very simple and I was
taking it further and
further, and further on I started to get a
little bit wild on it and
it's going up playing up in the dusty end
of the fret board.
It wasn't to, to be flashy or to be
intimidating in any kind of way,
that's just to show you where it could be
taken.
I've been playing for a long time.
This is something that works this is
something that develops over,
over a period of time.
The important thing about this is to start
at the basics.
Start from the foundation and work your
way up.
Before you know it you're a skyscraper.
So, if I start taking this a little
farther out.
I'll just play this, I'm not expecting you
to play this.
But this is just to give you an idea of
then where it's to
be taken when you start going further out
with improvisation using all these things.
Have knowledge of the chords, the,
the triads, arpeggios, targets, and
chromatics.
Here we go, one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
See, I'm just taking it a little further
out the whole time.
Lot of that's to do with the chromatics,
and I'm, and I'm, I'm,
I'm joining it all together, gluing it all
together.
[MUSIC]
See, when you hear me playing that, it
sounds very complicated.
It isn't.
It's just all based on those triads.
But bringing in, targeting the notes and
bringing in chromatics with it.
Okay, for,
for, for the some of you that might be a
little bit further, further down the line.
For some of the students, you're already
there.
But, this is to just explain that we, this
is taking
improvisation from a different point of
view, from, from the absolute basics.
Always keeping starting with the, a
melodic approach, and
then using all these things and you take
it further out.
And, you can get into all kinds.
[MUSIC]
[COUGH] But
it's all based, on the same thing, we're
just a little bit further down the line.
So start from the beginning keep it simple
and start working your way up.
There you go.
I just want you to have a lot of fun
playing around on these,
these turn arounds.
It really is great fun and the, the
possibilities are endless.
That's, that's the, that's the real joy
of,
of what we do here is that we never fully
master what we're doing.
There's always something else that, that,
that comes along.
And we come up with new ideas.
We hear somebody else play.
Comes up with ideas that we wouldn't of
thought of.
So, have some fun with this.
You know, you can, you can download the
the MP3 of this,
you can, of the the backing track.
And play around with it,
play along to it, and if you wanna submit
a video, that would be absolutely great.
Send that to me.
I'll be very, very happy to respond.
[MUSIC]