An Approach to Improvisation DVD - Tim May & Dan Miller
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The Guitar Player's Guide to Improvisation:
In this instructional DVD Tim May and Dan Miller, authors of the popular eight-volume "Flatpicking Essentials" course, teach you an approach to improvising guitar solos. You will first learn what scale notes will best fit over diatonic (of the key) chord progressions, and how to employ those scale tones using techniques such as scale runs, folded scales, harmonized scales, and crosspicking. Next you will learn how to target chord tones in your solo as the tune changes from one chord to another, thus moving with the structure of the tune and getting closer to the melody. Then you will learn how to use techniques like phrasing, note articulation, and dynamics to make your improvised solos better fit the song while sounding interesting and engaging, while remaining tasteful.
In the Flatpicking Essentials course (Volumes 5, 6, and 8), Tim May and Dan Miller teach a structured approach to improvisation that starts with very basic techniques and moves on to more advanced concepts. Tim and Dan have been teaching their beginning approach to improvisation, what Tim calls "fake it until you make it," at workshops across the country. This DVD was produced in response to workshop students wanting a visual reference that they could use at home. While many beginning students feel as though they are "not ready" for improvisation until they "get better" on the guitar, Tim and Dan's philosophy is that even beginners should be working on improvisation skills and so the methods that are taught on this DVD are appropriate for guitar players at all levels.
The goal of this DVD is to give any guitar student the tools that they will need in order to sit in at a jam session and improvise solos on songs and tunes that they may have never heard before. If this seems like a daunting task to you, check out this DVD. Equipped with the right tools, techniques, concepts, and ideas, it is easier than you think! Participants at Tim and Dan's improvisation workshops are able to improvise a solo on a song that they are never heard before after about 30 minutes of instruction, even if they have no previous experience with improvisation.
This item is also available for digital download at Flatpick Digital Academy:
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