Working with limited practice time and achievable goals
This lesson came about from my masterclass in Gdansk a few weeks ago. The focus in this lesson is to give you a compact set of exercises that you can work through plus a solo example and everything should be easy to work on and possible to go through in a limited amount of time. Finding time to work on learning to improvise can be difficult and a good work through some essential and related skills can be a great way to take your playing to the next level.
It is very useful to have some exercises that help you learn not only the arpeggios and the scales but also help you learn to hear where they fit in the chord progression. Another thing that needs to be developed is flexibility with the arpeggios and scale so that you develop the number of things you can come up with while soloing. That is how the exercises are designed: exploring the material in one position of the neck and developing overview and flexibility.
The Exercises, the Solo and the lesson content
The goal for this lesson is to give you a set of exercises that will help you really explore the 12 bar blues in one position. I have chosen to work with an F blues since this is the most common key for the blues in a jazz context with pieces like Billie’s Bounce, Straight No Chaser and Take The Coltrane.
I have added videos of me playing the exercises, so you can use either the backing track or play the exercises with me.
- 7 Exercises on the form
- Easy to play and study
- 3 Chorus Solo Example
- Overview of the arpeggios in the position
- Different ways of playing the arpeggios
- 8 Video performances
- 7 Exercises or Etudes
- 3 Chorus Solo example
- Transcription PDF/GuitarPro
- 8 Performance mp3s
- Backing track mp3