guitar improvisation: ................... H E LP !
 
Much of what's covered here would be uncovered through random use of colored diagram system. Some musical elements are suggested as they relate to this improvisation.

* * *USE RIGHT HAND FINGERS PREDOMINANTLY PLAYING 4 NOTES SIMULTANEOUSLY OR IN SEQUENCE. USE OF FEWER OR MORE NOTES WITHIN A DIAGRAM IS ACCEPTABLE. THE MAJORITY OF JAZZ CHORDS CONSIST OF 4 NOTES.
 
* * *A SAMPLE FINGERPICKING PATTERN FOR THE RIGHT HAND ON ANY 4 STRINGS:
HERE'S THE LANGUAGE:
      RING FINGER=1, MIDDLE FINGER=2, INDEX FINGER=3, THUMB=4
      4/1 = THUMB AND RING FINGER SIMULTANEOUSLY:
 
      SAMPLE PATTERN:
      4/1    2    3    4/1    2    3    4/1    2  -  AND CONTINUE REPEATING PATTERN.
      SAMPLE PATTERN:
      4    3/2/1    4    3/2/1    3/2/1  -  AND CONTINUE REPEATING PATTERN
 
ONCE THE PATTERN COMES NATURALLY, WITH SOME EXPERIMENTING, YOU WILL SEE THAT IT IS OFTEN MORE INTERESTING TO SWITCH CHORDS OR DIAGRAMS WITH YOUR LEFT HAND SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THESE SAMPLE PATTERNS RATHER THAN ALWAYS AT THE END.


* * *CENTERING ACTIVITY AROUND THE NOTES WITHIN DIAGRAMS THAT DIFFER IN SHAPE FROM PRECEDING DIAGRAMS  PRODUCES MORE INTERESTING VARIATIONS.

* * *CONTINUITY OF PROGRESSION IN JAZZ IS MAINTAINED THROUGH DISSONANCE AND RESOLUTION. IF YOU HIT WHAT SOUNDS LIKE TOO DISSONANT A NOTE AT THE WRONG TIME OR UNEXPECTEDLY, MOVE TO THE NEXT CHORD OPTION WITHOUT HESITATION. NOTES WILL RESOLVE. AS FLUID MOVEMENT THROUGH ASCENDING AND DESCENDING CHORD OPTIONS IS DEVELOPED. THE EAR BECOMES MORE INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS AND A FEEL FOR WHAT TO EXPECT ENSUES.

* * *WHILE ASCENDING (toward guitar body), MELODIC INTEGRITY IS BEST MAINTAINED IF HIGH NOTES PLAYED DO NOT EXCEED AN INTERVAL CHANGE OR MORE THAN TWO FRETS. WITH EXPERIENCE, YOUR EAR WILL GUIDE YOUR RIGHT HAND IN ADJUSTING FOR MELODY.

* * *DIFFICULTIES WITH LEFT HAND FINGERINGS? SEE SECTION LABELED "INSTRUMENT PLAYABILITY", IN THE MAIN MENU.

You will begin to enjoy complex jazz guitar improvisation, probably within a couple of months if you give it a fair effort. It takes some skill and is quite challenging so as in any technical development expect ups and downs in progress of course.



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