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5 cool exercises to help your improvisation

5 cool exercises to help your improvisation

In this lesson proposed by Your Guitar Academy, we take a look at 5 very different pentatonic exercises that will not only improve your technique and speed but also give you a new set of ideas to try when improvising. We have included a free backing track and Guitar Pro tablatures. Give it a try today!

(click on the image to download the Guitar Pro 7 file)

(click on the image to download the Guitar Pro 6 file)

Download the backing track here.

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Use the “Speed Trainer” to gradually accelerate the tempo as you improve your playing. You can use the slow down and loop functions in the program to take each exercise and learn in at your own pace.

The Theory

These exercises all use the A Minor pentatonic scales. We use all 5 shapes, so if you would like to learn more about the 5 shapes then please check this course out: lead guitar intermediate lesson.

For each exercise, here are the shapes we use:

Exercise 1 (3 Up 1 Down): Pentatonic Box 1.

Exercise 2 (Tetratonics): Pentatonic Box 5, 1 and 2 (in that order).

Exercise 3 (Descending 5’s): Pentatonic Box 5, 4 and 3 (in that order).

Exercise 4 (Octave Pentatonics): Pentatonic Box 1.

Exercise 5 (Pentatonic 3rds): Pentatonic Box 5, 1, 2 & 3 (in that order).


So, what speed should you play these at? Well, this is a great question! The answer is to play at a speed that is comfortable for you. We’ve recorded the exercises at 120BPM, which can be a good aim. However, to best practice these exercises you should play them at a speed that gives you time to think about each note. Only once doing that for a long time should you start to speed up. Taking longer in the first place to run the exercises slowly is so important, as the speed will then happen very naturally. 

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