A Guitarist’s Guide to Improvising with Knowledge is the easiest, most self-explanatory way to learn how to create amazing guitar solos, ensuring that every note you play will fit the chord progression of the song. The videos below are just the beginning of what this book has to offer. A Guitarist's Guide to Improvising With Knowledge is available in print on Amazon, and as an eBook on Kindle, Google Play, and iTunes.
Episode 1: The Minor Pentatonic Scale Shape E1
This first episode of A Guitarist’s Guide to Improvising With Knowledge focuses on the natural notes across the E-string, the Minor Pentatonic Scale Shape E1, how to play this scale in different locations on the neck, and using the scale to create a solo over a minor chord.
Episode 2: The Major Pentatonic Scale Shape E4
This lesson focuses on the Major Pentatonic Scale Shape E4, the concept of relative pentatonic scales, all notes across the E-string, playing around the circle of fifths, and using the scale to improvise over a major chord.
Episode 3: Eighth Notes and Motifs
This lesson will show you the proper techniques for counting and playing eighth notes, and will dive into the concept of rhythmic and melodic patterns (called motifs) that can make your improvisation sound more interesting and connected.
Episode 4: Major/Minor Chord Progressions
There is a 3-Step Method that may be used for conquering chord progressions that contain either all major chords or all minor chords. By first playing the roots and then playing the scales, you can become very comfortable with where scales are located on the neck, and can easily move toward solid improvisation.
Episode 5: Major & Minor Chord Progressions
This lesson expands the previously discussed 3-Step Method (from Episode 4) to cover chord progressions that contain both major and minor chords. The video includes a review of the Major Pentatonic Scale Shape E4 and Minor Pentatonic Scale Shape E1, and applies the 3-Step Method to a major and minor chord progression, including a solo.
Episode 6: The Second Pentatonic Scale Shape
There is a 2nd pentatonic shape, which can be made into either a major or minor pentatonic scale, called Maj Pent A4 and Min Pent A1. The video includes exercises to learn the notes of the A-string, along with plenty of examples of how to play and move these new pentatonic scales.
Episode 7: Improvising With 2 Pentatonic Shapes
Two major pentatonic scales (Maj Pent E4 and Maj Pent A4) and two minor pentatonic scales (Min Pent E1 and Min Pent A1), will give you options of where you can solo on the guitar. Greg’s Three-Step Method over a major and minor chord progression clearly outlines where all possible scales are located, and how you can prepare yourself for this new level of improvisation.
Episode 8: Major and Minor Arpeggios
Pentatonic scales are just the beginning of what you can use to create great solos on the guitar. This episode explores arpeggios, which are the notes of a chord played in succession, rather than simultaneously. Every pentatonic scale has an embedded arpeggio and this video has all of the necessary exercises you need for grasping these new patterns.
Episode 9: Improvising With Arpeggios
Arpeggios, which are the notes of a chord played in succession rather than simultaneously, can be an excellent addition to your improvisation. After a review of the major and minor arpeggios from Episode 8, Greg explains how you can use a modified 3-Step Method to prepare yourself for soloing over chord progressions, and plays a solo that incorporates arpeggios throughout.
Episode 10: Slides and Bends
All instruments may use pentatonic scales as an array of notes to use for improvising and arpeggios to link solos with the chord progression. The guitar, however, can also include techniques such as slides and bends to create a sound that is completely unique to the instrument. Follow the exercises in this video to understand different types of slides and bends so that you may use them in your own playing.