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Learn To Play Guitar: A Little Touch Of Guitar Improvisation

By:Peter Edvinsson

I would like to present a few small tips on how to improvise on your guitar with a pentatonic scale in A-minor. We will use two chords and make the whole thing quite impressive. Grab your guitar and come on!

Guitar improvisation is not a completely uncomprehensible art that cannot be learned. You can practice the art of improvisation by learning scales, learning patterns to use in improvisation, by composing melodies on your guitar and by simply improvising a lot.

When you learn to play guitar I think it`s a good thing to use time to experiment with chords and scales. This will help you develop your creativity and your own style of playing.

The following exercises will show you a way to practice scales and chords together.

First I would like to give you two chords you can use. The first chord is A7 and you can play it in the open position like this:

1. --0---

2. --2---

3. --0---

4. --2---

5. --0---

6. ------

Now we will look at a small lick in the fift position on the guitar. This mean that you place your left hand on the neck with the first finger on the fifth fret. Here is the lick:

1. --5--8--5-----5--

2. -----------8-----

I suggest that you first play the A7 chord on your guitar by strumming once over the strings and after that playing the lick.

Now we will add the D7 chord. It looks like this in the open position:

1. --2---

2. --1---

3. --2---

4. --0---

5. ------

6. ------

With two guitar chords at your disposal you can play this:

A7 - lick - D7 - lick - A7

You will now learn another lick to make this piece of guitar improvisational music more interesting:

1. --------5--8--5--

2. --5--8-----------

With this lick we have introduced one more note in the A-minor pentatonic scale. With two licks and two chords we can play the guitar piece as follows:

A7 - lick 1 - D7 - lick 2 - A7

Of course you can learn to combine the notes in many ways. I will give you some more notes in the A-minor pentatonic scale if you want to improvise more freely. Here are seven notes in the A-minor pentatonic scale in the fifth position:

1. -----------------5--8----

2. -----------5--8----------

3. -----5--7----------------

4. --7----------------------

Learn to play this guitar scale by heart. After that you can try to combine the notes in different ways. Create patterns or play the scale backwards or try to create interesting melodies. The last touch of guitar improvisation looks like this:

A7 - improvisation - D7 - improvisation - A7

You can of course use this guitar improvisation pattern with other chords and scales. The principle is to choose two chords that can be used with the same scale and improvise between them.

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Peter Edvinsson is a musician, composer and music teacher. Visit his site Capotasto Music and download your free sheet music and learn to play guitar resources at http://www.capotastomusic.com

REVIEW; Buckingham`s guitar skill gets center stage

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The , Oct 18, 2006 by DAVE TIANEN

It is in a way fitting that the biggest crowd response during Lindsey Buckingham`s concert Tuesday night at the Pabst Theater came for a Fleetwood Mac tune "Go Your Own Way."

As Buckingham readily acknowledges, he has never given his solo work the same attention or priority that he gave to the Big Mac. Although his solo recording rsum dates back 25 years, this tour is only the second solo tour of his career. Unfortunately, to these ears the new solo project, "Under the Skin," is only a pale echo of the lustrous standard he established with "Law and Order" and "Out of the Cradle."

That said, even second-rate Buckingham trumps a lot of people`s best shot. Several of the new tunes also benefited from the fuller, more percussive treatment they got in concert. There`s something a little muted about the new album. "Cast Away Dreams" sounded more vibrant live than it does on the disc. Likewise, the title track "Under the Skin" seemed to gain muscle and power in concert. The best of the new songs "Down on Rodeo" sneaked in as an encore. While hardly his best work, it does have some of that high-gloss pop sheen that marks so much of Buckingham`s writing.

One aspect of Buckingham`s musicianship that truly stands out in his solo appearances is his skill as a guitarist. In Fleetwood, he`s surrounded by other powerful personalities, and some of the nuance and range of his playing gets lost. He is truly a striking player both acoustically and electric, at turns delicate and subtle and then impassioned and frenzied. By the end of "Go Your Own Way" he was flailing away at his guitar neck with both hands.

Buckingham is also a very theatrical stage presence. At a couple different points, he attacked his guitar with such fury that he ended up clutching his chest in mock exhaustion by the end of a song. Still lean and tan at 59, he could easily pass for 15 years younger. The spaces between songs were punctuated with women in the crowd declaring their forthright admiration in clear terms.

To his credit, the set list did not lean too heavily on the easy crowd appeal of the Fleetwood Mac hits. "Big Love" and "Tusk" made the cut, as did "Red Rover" from the band`s last studio outing, "Say You Will." Thanks to the loud insistence of a woman in the crowd, "Bleed to Love Her," from "The Dance," made it as an encore.

To these ears, the evening`s high point was "Trouble," a slice of luminescent California pop from "Law and Order." If there was a disappointment, it was in not hearing more from "Out of the Cradle." It`s possible that Buckingham decided to tour behind the wrong album. "Countdown" and "Don`t Look Down" are as irresistible as anything in the Fleetwood Mac songbook. It`s a shame they`ve never gotten the exposure they deserve.

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