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What are some notes to use for a blues improv

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    Whenever i blues improv (and im not sure if you are trying to solo or come up with a rhythm, but for solo kinda stuff i always base my licks off of the blues scales. This tab might help to get you familiar with blues scales: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/misc_scales/blues_scales_tab.htm for a rhythm i would use a take off of a A-D-E chord progression. Or G-D-C always sounds good too.

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    @karama are you playing this on guitar?

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    ya

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    alright, well then those tabs will help out. Are you looking to solo or a rhythm part?

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    *i guess not a solo but like a lead part

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    I can play a blues riff....I'm having some trouble adding variations, like alternating notes....and also I don't know how to improv, a bit of everything I guess

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    alright alright, i have been playing for about 6 years now, and i am just starting to get good at improving stuff. if you want to post a recording of that blues riff you are trying to add variation to, i might be able to help you out a little bit more on the specific riff. improv is something that comes with time and alot of playing. What i have been doing, and i swear by it, is watching youtube videos of guys playing the blues ( i found that reviews of equiptment help the most because it isnt a live situation or someone trying to teach you) and watch their finger movements, and watch the little frills and things they do to change it up, and if not mimic it, at least learn a little bit from it and take away what you can to add to your own playing. This is a long video, but watch these guys play. they are good, and they know how to play the blues. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz3gHJ73P48

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    i found too, that the blues, of all types of music, are a bit sloppy, if you will, in the playing, there are alot of palm mutes in chord changes, but that is the style

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    @dave0616 I suppose I have some follow up questions; that video is great, by the way. Do you know any good resources for finger stretching exercises (like fret reaching). I'm picking guitar up after close to 4 years of not consistently playing. I haven't been self-taught before so I'm not entirely sure where to look for anything, timing, chords, compositions, troubleshooting, literature. Any thoughts? I greatly appreciate the help!

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    i thought so too! i have been learning a lot of the way those guys play. Honestly the way i train myself to do anything is just play. and personally i think that is the best way to go about it, because if you just do a bunch of boring exercises and scales, youre gonna get bored with it and just put it down again. I am self taught, so everything im telling you hasnt been like a proven thing or w.e, thats just how i did it, or do it, so just remember that if you dont agree with something i say or somethin hahah. Timing i couldnt help you with, I just listen to the song as im playing it to get timing down. As for chords and literature and songs and stuff you can use that website i sent you, im not sure if you read actual music or tabs, but that website has almost every tab you could ever want. which is helpful, but as for chords i would buy a cheap chord book, or i know someplaces sell a poster with every chord on it. and trouble shooting? What are you referring to when you say trouble shooting? as in playing wise, or like physical guitar trouble shooting?

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