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How To Improvise Lead Guitar Playing

Feb 28, 2008
Join us as we examine several different ways you can use to improve your guitar improvisation techniques and start learning how to incorporate these basic theory knowledge into improvisation styles for lead guitar

Guitar soloing and improvisation is one of the most artistic and expressive types of guitar playing that a guitarist can learn. It is a showcase of precision, skill, technique, and creativity that blows the mind and leaves awestruck faces in every crowd.

A lot goes into perfecting guitar improvisation and all the techniques that can be used in this style of guitar playing. Guitar improvisation requires dedication, patience, time, and practice, practice, practice. This is the first and most important tip that anyone can give, even though it may seem typical and not very advanced. It's amazing how many people try to grow as musicians without perfecting their skills and practicing their craft daily.

Another excellent tip that can greatly improve your improvising of the guitar is to jam along with a CD. Put on one of your favorite CDs and when there is a pause or a bridge somewhere in the song, play some chords or a scale in the key of the song over the music playing in the background.

You can also learn the chords to the song and play some arpeggios over the changes in the song. Learning how to play arpeggios is a crucial skill to learn to improve your improvisation technique, and if you don't already know how to play them, you should learn them and put them in your arsenal of improvisational tools.

Another tip for lead guitar improvisation is to try playing chord scales. When you use this method you are simply using chords instead of scales and melodies. The main idea of this is that you are playing a scale with a chord connected to it.

One great method to use when you're trying to improve your improvisation skills is to use guitar backing tracks. Guitar backing tracks are great for improvisation because it's like playing with a whole backing band, and allows you to improvise and put into practice all of your skills and tools in putting together awesome leads to go with the track. Playing along to a backing track will also help you to perfect your timing skills and will increase the enjoyment you get from playing along.

If you are a serious guitar student who has already mastered the basics of music theory and the basic skills of guitar playing, then you're ready for the tips and techniques mentioned in this article.
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Eugene W is the owner of Planet of Rock Music Studios
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