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    Default Improvising using the blues scale

    Having nailed the blues scale a month or so ago I am finding it difficult to improvise to any backing in any key.
    No matter how much technique I add to the scales I can't seem to make the finished product sound as near professional as I want. This is very frustrating as lead guitar is something I love to play.


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    You've been playing Blues for a month and you want to sound professional?
    Start listening to some simple, tasty players and just steal some licks.
    Notice what is being played over what chord.
    What note a lick starts on...what note it ends on...how it's phrased.
    I have all my students buy The Fabulous Thunderbirds' "Girls Go Wild."
    Economical playing...no flashy licks, just simple, tasty guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie chitlins View Post
    Economical playing...no flashy licks, just simple, tasty guitar.
    economical,tasty licks?
    Sounds like Jimmy Vaughn.
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    tuff enuf?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcXT1clXc04

    Ive always felt improvising is stealing as many licks as you can to realize there is nothing new under the sun. Only the way its presented. The minor pent scale has so few notes and so many opportunities to succeed ...or fail LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobwatt67 View Post
    Having nailed the blues scale a month or so ago I am finding it difficult to improvise to any backing in any key.
    No matter how much technique I add to the scales I can't seem to make the finished product sound as near professional as I want. This is very frustrating as lead guitar is something I love to play.
    try this Bob

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lpz...=RD5lpzz2V_Vwc

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    Wow ! Came across this post at random. Looked up Fab Thun on Spotify (its their eponymous debut album and 'Girls Go Wild' was on the front to just for marketing purposes) and have now discovered Jimmy Vaughan. Amazing how the world works. Thanks ! Alan.

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    a good thing to do is to record yourself playing over a backing track.
    then, go back and listen.
    if you hear something that sounds good, do it again.
    if you hear something you dont like, dont do it again.
    do this often. youll get better.
    I'll have my drink in hand and just give cold stares at my guitar from across the room and say out loud, "this could be you in my hand but you wanted to suck so now you just sit over there and think about that for awhile".---------sam_in_cali

 

 

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