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Chord Shape Improvisation, Part 1

Josh Graves (2401) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
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In the tonality of A minor, we can now cover most of the fretboard when looking for improvisational ideas. The first 12 frets of the neck can be broken up as we have discussed, into three positions with distinct shapes, or, for practicality, we can also use one long pattern with some key 2 fret slides. This helps to visualize good transition ideas as well.

A minor Pent.
Remember that A is the root note, and try to see the 5th position "E shape" we have been working with extending up to the "D shape". At the 12th position, the "A shape" can be used, or you descend back down this pattern.

In the sequence below, I demonstrate a practice idea for getting familiar with this pattern, then get a little "jiggy" with it!
Chord Shape Improvisation, Part 1 - Page 7