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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!

“5_pentatonic_exercises.gp”
(click on the image to download the Guitar Pro 7 file)

“5_pentatonic_exercises.gpx”
(click on the image to download the Guitar Pro 6 file)

Download the backing track here.

Guitar Pro 7.5 tip


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).

Speed

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. 

More About Your Guitar Academy

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If you want to rapidly improve your guitar skills, then please check out Your Guitar Academy online guitar courses.
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9 comments
  1. Hugh Smith - August 2, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I have GP 7.5.2 ON 2 Windows Computers I now have an iPad and iPhone. I have to add The 7.5.2 on my iPad and install the Songbook App.
    Can I install my currant Version of GP ,
    or do I need to buy a new prescription?
    I have the GP License number

  2. Thomas Duflos - August 27, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Hi Hugh, the app and the software are two different products, you need to acquire the app even if you have the software. You can use the Guitar Pro app on iPad and Iphone with the same apple ID. Thanks

  3. Rock1987 - September 20, 2019 at 7:07 am

    In my song book Why can’t my credit card be purchased?

    I am Chinese. I believe that if you use WeChat or Alipay on your website, there will be many users from China who purchase it.

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  4. Thomas Duflos - September 20, 2019 at 10:09 am

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  5. bestringtoness.com - September 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Yes, And is an instant classic on the principles behind improvisation and how to apply them to almost every area of your life. It shares many fun and entertaining exercises you can practice with your friends and family.

  6. Simon - September 30, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I’ve got an old version of GP – and have never updated it as I liked using that and tuxguitar. I really wish that once you have one version of GP, that you wouldn’t have to keep buying the new versions to be able to use the .gp tab files. 🙁

  7. Thomas Duflos - October 1, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Hi Simon, thank you for your feedback. You can upgrade for half price from Guitar Pro 6 to 7 for example. It’s a way for us to propose new features and to give support to the users. Thanks!

  8. ian - November 24, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Morning. If i buy the new version of Guitar pro for windows, will the old files (guitar pro 6) still work on the new version? Thank you.

  9. Thomas Duflos - November 26, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Hi, yes with Guitar Pro 7 you can open all Guitar Pro files from 1 to 7. Thank you

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