Using pentatonics for chord connections - Guitar Improvisation.

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Hello Steemit!

I often say that I dislike scales for improvisational purposes as they drive you away from creating melodies and trap you into patterns but we DO need a system in order to navigate the guitar properly.

One of the first things that I shared in my blog when I joined Steemit was a system I use to improvise based on pentatonic shapes , how to visualize them and adapt them to different chord situations.

Since it has been a while I thought about reviving some of these tutorials here on Dlive and working on new ones , music improvisation theory is among my favorite things to study.

Here are the links to that particular lesson with backing tracks and diagrams included:

https://steemit.com/music/@pechichemena/guitar-tutorial-improvisational-toolbox-lesson-1-pentatonic-shapes

https://steemit.com/music/@pechichemena/guitar-tutorial-the-improv-toolbox-lesson-1-pentatonics-demonstration

My video is at DLive

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I feel like my fingers will never stretch out so far! My fingers want to be like your fingers!!! pouts

I love watching you play!!

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Hahaha ! There are actually techniques and hand positions you can train in order to do big stretches without straining your hands ;) . I was thinking of doing a explanatory video of that as it is not as hard as people think . :P

@pechichemena! You've been featured on Scuzzy's Weekly Music Curation post on behalf of @msp-music.

Here's the link to the original post: https://steemit.com/music/@scuzzy/scuzzy-s-weekly-music-curation-06-22-18-or-msp-music-community-curation-initiative

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Congrats, Pechi!! How cool!

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Thank you so much @scuzzy ! I really appreciate it :) ! ... And Serena .. cookie for you :) <3

No! Scales are the improvisation trap.. for beginners!! I use scales since 8 years. After 5-6 years i noticed that they became my shoes! not chains! Scales are my jesus shoes that makes me walk on the water. I can easily get out of schemes and scale sounds and i know when and what notes to play. Everything is good but needs just practice and practice.

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I agree , whatever works for you is what you should be working on. There are master improvisers on both sides of this scope , for example you had Allan Holdsworth who dedicated his life to an extensive study of scales , literally thousands of possible combinations . Then players like Pat Martino who rely on Parental Chord systems , Larry Carlton uses a triad super imposition system extensively . I particularly rely more on harmonic information to choose what notes to play rather than scales :) . I particularly like a book from Wayne Krantz called "An improviser's OS" that talks about formulas rather than scales. Then you got those "wild cards" like Chet Baker who improvised over changes completely by ear as he knew no theory at all :p ! Thanks for your comment ! Cheers!

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btw nice impro man :D

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thank you man :)