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Dude soloing on guitar with some two handed tapping.

Soloing and Improvisation

  • Do you want to get beyond learning other people’s solos and start creating your own?
  • Know your scales and modes, riffs and licks, but you still feel like you are missing something when you try to solo?
  • Do you feel lost when you are jamming with other people, unable to keep up with their changes?

Music Is About Emotion

Improvisation and soloing is more than just knowing patterns. Music is a language about emotion and emotion is what we try to convey when we compose or improvise.  Beginning improvisation students often ask me things like, “If I am playing in a key, and I am playing the key scale, then all the notes are ok, right?”.   Well, … are they ok? Meaning are they technically correct or allowable?  Well, then yes.  But the question is, are they all equally useful to you?  Perhaps, but it depends on what you are trying to say.  So to answer that question you need to understand each note and each interval in a scale.  Different notes behave in different ways, so understanding what each note in a scale means to you harmonically is vitally important to improvisation, soloing and composing.

In this program, we will not only make sure you know your scales and your modes, but we will make sure you understand your scales and your modes!  We will also cut through some of the extraneous stuff that you find in books and online and get you straight to the heart of which patterns are most useful to you.  We will explore soloing in different styles as well.  Riffs, Licks, tools and techniques like Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, Slides, Bends, Vibrato and more will be covered.

Mastery of your fretboard is vital.  But mastery of your ear is even more important. I can help you develop the skills to improvise confidently!