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What are the benefits of playing improvised music on guitar? And how do you start?!

What are the benefits of playing improvised music on guitar? And how do you start?!

Casey Saulpaugh and Steve Newbrough


3/1/2021

Improvising music is a fantastic neural challenge. It requires the performer to instantly taking into account what notes will sound the best with the harmonies and rhythms of the tune. A performer can get started by improvising over music with minimal harmonic change, any typical pop song will work.

 

Musicians can improvise on many different levels: from playing a couple notes spontaneously that weren’t in the original melody, to burning through complex changes in a bebop tune that is so fast it burns.  Whether a player wants to dabble in improvisation, or advance on a deeper level, learning improvisation can go a long way for the player. 

 

For instance, since improvisation is a form of music composition, this is an excellent skill for song writers. Developing a knowledge of common and uncommon chord progressions, the...

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