A consistent question that I have received since I started here and elsewhere is “how do I improvise?” The answer is both simple and complex. The simple and most to the essence answer is that you just start playing - going for it - mistakes and all and, if you become comfortable with that, you gain a fearlessness that people can feel and that is compelling. But there is another side to improvising: the learned, intellectual, practiced side. In this lesson we will talk about some things you can and should do that will deepen your learned but intuitive connection to the instrument.
There’s a lot of talking in this lesson and not a ton of playing, but it is my hope that through this discussion some useful ideas and practice techniques will be illuminated. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Angeline The Baker Chord Triads Across Strings
Loop 2:09 Chris Eldridge's Thoughts on Improvising