Quick Improv Tips

• Everyone can improvise – everyone

• Simplicity – simple always works

• Experiment (usually not at the gig 🙂 ) – play anything, try new things, have fun

• Learn some theory & practice scales – scales & arpeggios are the building blocks of 99.9% of all music

Tools

  • Scales
  • Chords
  • Octaves
  • ‘Blue note’ – flat 3rd
  • Pizz AND Arco
  • Rests
  • Short / Long
  • Slides
  • Trills
  • Turns

Where to Start

Chord tones – 1,3,5 of a scale / can be extended to b7 & 9
The blues scale (1, b3, 4,b5,5 b7,8; for example – Bb, Db, Eb, E, F, Ab, Bb)

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