Improvisation Part One.
In order to sound really good over a progression it is a really good idea that you start with a SINGLE chord.
The G Chord.
Go ahead and try your best to record a G chord for two minutes. Choose any strumming pattern you like.
Once you’ve done this, play it back so that you can play along to it.
Now play the G chord …only play one string at a time with a very simple pattern for example:
Strings 3, 2 and 1.
In that order.
Now strings 4, 3 and 2.
In that order.
Play along to the rhythm of the strumming pattern you recorded.
What you’re doing here is you’re concentrating on….CHORD TONES. (G, B and D) Those are the notes that make up this Chord. G, B and D played together is also called a triad.
The sole fact that you are concentrating on chord tones is the reason you will sound good.
Do this for a couple of minutes and once you feel comfortable, go for longer periods of time.
Dont Worry About Any Other Notes Right Now.
There are G chords all over the neck you should become familiar with them for now at least two different positions on the neck is fine.
The Open G Chord that you know and perhaps the Barred G over 6 strings on the 3rd Fret.
Do this for as long as you can and try adding some notes from each of those positions. Just start improvising by arpeggiating the chords. Keep it Simple.
Improvising is a lifelong journey just focus on sounding good over a G chord in what I explained above and I’ll see you in the next post.
2 Main Tips:
Number one is to play your notes with conviction…
Number two is to try to slide in and out of those notes. Again try to sound as good as possible with only these simple concepts for as long as possible.