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Watch the Ear IQ: Reactive Improvisation online guitar lesson by Jon Herington from Ear IQ: Reactive Improvisation

I'd like to thank you for picking up this course, my first for TrueFire. I want to stress that this entire concept, what we're calling "Reactive Improvisation," is the very technique I use and have used for many years whenever I'm trying to get my playing together on a challenging set of chord changes. I can tell you from experience that it works. It doesn't happen overnight; it will take serious practice and memorization, especially in the beginning stages. But if you work hard, eventually all of the knowledge your ear accumulates will begin to surface naturally in your spontaneous, intuitive improvisation. Remember, there was once a time when you had to struggle to remember how to finger an open E chord. As with learning anything new, you'll need to be patient. Young people have an advantage this way: they have so little listening experience that they have no idea how terrible they sound. As a result they are naturally forgiving and patient, and they don't get in their own way while they're learning. They're thrilled that they can do anything at all that approaches music making. Adults, however, have it rougher. We have so many years of listening experience behind us that we know right away how bad we sound when we're trying to learn something new. In light of this, we need to take extra care to give ourselves the time, the room, and the patience required to get our impatient, judgmental selves out of the way. If we can do this, there's nothing else that will stand in the way of our increasing our Ear IQ.