Okay, let's get right into it. This week's exercise is simple. You're going to spend time every day doing nothing but improvising on an open position E-minor scale with absolutely no accompaniment. But this won't be noodling around. You'll actually be playing a solo improvisation.
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With the index at the second fret we play E and A power chords, so this is a great position for riffing! In E minor pentatonic this will be “Box Two” and in A minor pentatonic we’ll have “Box Four”. We can move the pattern up a whole step from A to play the same notes in B minor.
I've decided to put together a series here on a method that will help you to truly master improvisation on the guitar. I spoke a bit about this method in a previous e-mail and it seemed like it was a subject a lot of you are especially interested in. It's possible I might make a lesson or course on this method later, but this series will be entirely free.
Just learning a few simple arpeggios and how to use them can make a huge difference in your musicianship and confidence on your instrument. Get started for free with this lesson from "Arpeggios for Rock Guitar"!
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