Concepts For Basic Improvising

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Learn to improvise guitar solos from Pentatonic Scale patterns.


Includes soloing from basic Minor Pentatonic Scales, adding Passing Tones, adding the Dorian and Aeolian 6, playing through changes, soloing over the Minor Blues, Major Pentatonics and much more!

Concepts for Basic Improvising is a PDF download with:


  • 56 pages

  • 22 lessons

  • explanatory text

  • 156 fretboard diagrams

  • 31 demonstration video links.

Here's what the PDF looks like:

The lesson series is called, Concepts for Basic Improvising. Here's a short demonstration of how to make real music with a very simple, easily fingered pattern using 2 fundamental concepts; phrasing and inflection:

Here's a demonstration of creating an improvised 24-bar solo over a backing track using only the 4-note pattern given in the above video and applying the concepts of phrasing and inflection:

Then double your vocabulary with a concept - without learning new fingerings, technique or scale patterns:

Believe me when I say, "This is just the tip of the iceberg!" 

There are 22 lessons and 31 videos in this series; each one dealing with a simple concept, adding a single thing to what went before.

Everything is related to the Minor Pentatonic Scale in a Blues context; no fancy chords or confusing modal theory - just easily applicable concepts to a scale you probably already know, and if you don't, well... you just learned it in the first demonstration video above!



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