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Larry Carlton's 335 Improv - Guitar Lessons
Improvisation is a bit of a paradox for musicians. On the one hand, improvisation is a personal and creative expression of an individual player. Yet, it's also an interactive art form where players spontaneously feed and respond to each other during the creative process. And the freedom a player enjoys when improvising might appear to be at odds with the rigid discipline of practice and study necessary to achieve that freedom.

The more knowledgeable and practiced the player, the less encumbered that player is with the technical and theoretical, thus the more likely that player will craft interesting, compelling improvisations. But what do you study and practice? What theory needs to be mastered? How do you learn how to improvise? Larry Carlton's 335 IMPROV will guide your journey with an approach that is highly enlightening and extraordinarily accessible.

Eighteen-time Grammy nominee and three-time Grammy winner, Larry Carlton is certainly one of the most versatile and accomplished guitarist walking the planet today. With over 3,000 sessions, 200 hit records and 100 gold albums to his credit, Carlton has improvised thousands of memorable guitar solos, comps and parts over the course of his career. Suffice to say that Mr. 335 is uniquely qualified to present this curriculum.

"I get asked all of the time about my improvisations. What scales and arpeggios do I use? Am I thinking street key or parent key? Do I have stock approaches to progressions? Do I use modes? While the answer is "no" to most of these questions, I have certainly studied and am very much aware of these principles, but my personal approach is quite different when I’m improvising."

Carlton’s passion for education fueled his enthusiasm for producing this course, "I’m excited about 335 IMPROV and the opportunity to present my own approach to improvisation, which by the way, works just as well for me over rock, blues and pop, as it does with jazz as I will demonstrate in the course."

335 IMPROV is organized into six sections, where each section covers a series of related topics and each uses a vamp or section from one of Carlton's tunes as the practice track. The tracks were cherry picked by Larry to provide a range of harmonic and rhythmic situations, in a variety of styles ranging from rock to blues to jazz.

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