Improvisation is the technique or ability to play notes or melodies that beautifies a song. Experienced musicians improvise well by being creative and be able to express how they feel while playing the song.
If you are a guitar player and want to learn how to improvise or play solos, you have to know some basics of how to improvise in a song. Memorization of the fingerboard, or fret board, is highly recommended. You should know the fingerboard so well that it should become an extension of your brain. You need to know the finger position with no difficulty.
Your skill and technique to improvise will improve greatly if you take time to learn the basics of how to improvise. Memorizing guitar scales and how they relate to the chord is the key factor. Playing the guitar scale in different positions is one way of solidifying your improvisation.
Watch this awesome video how the legendary Buddy Guy leads the way to improvisation in this beautiful song “Skin Deep” done by Playing For Change.
For you to be creative and be able to play confidently, you will need some basic understanding of music theory. Most important of all, know the fingerboard well by constant practicing scales in different positions. The more you practice, the more you will know how to improvise in a song.
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