Believe it or not learning to improvise on the guitar can happen on the very first lesson. You just need to speak to your guitar teacher make sure that they know this is something that you want to do. A lot of guitar teachers and a lot of materials online will try and get you to learn chords in the very beginning.
However if you’re interested in creating your own music especially for lead guitar playing maybe you want to try out something different for your first lesson instead. It doesn’t matter if this isn’t exactly how everyone else starts learning. It’s important that you experiment and have fun with your guitar learning journey. And you can get to learn chords another time, maybe in your second lesson! Now let’s get back to topic.
Improvising on the guitar just means making up on the spot. This is why you can do this in your very first lesson. Your guitar teacher can give you a few notes on the guitar that was home good one played in any order asshole. And then he can play a nice rhythm of chords for you, that you can play you know it’s over. This is much more fun if you are I will need electric guitar and you can plug it into an amp and have an amplified.
The most basic skill in the notes that your guitar teacher will pull give you a notice from the pentatonic scale. And most people get started with a minor pentatonic. In this article I won’t go into details of what an E minor pentatonic is all you need to know is that with the notes in the scale and just knowing a few of them, you can start improvising straight away.
If you are trying this out at home just find a minor pentatonic scale or attach an image below for you you can just pick a few of the dots to place on your fingers on the guitar at the right places.
See if you can create a simple melody just using those few notes!
Going back and forth, changing the rhythm. Got something that sounds good?
I’ve attached a backing track for you as well play the backing track and listen to what you’re playing underneath your fingers and see if this sounds good along with the track!
You could try playing the same notes multiple times. Or playing interesting rhythms in between them. And this is how you get started.
When you get better at playing, your guitar teacher may show you different ways of adding what is called phrases into your guitar playing. This is things like slides and vibratos. They add more musicality to your improvisation. To make your playing some more musical.
Now a trick to becoming better and better improvising isn’t learning this many techniques as possible but actually to listen to what you’re playing. the more you do this the better you get. try this today and see how you go on!