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

Hi, I'm Jon Herington, and welcome to Ear IQ: Reactive Improvisation. Learning how to use your ears to guide the music you make is unquestionably the single most important skill you need to develop as a musician. The Ear IQ series is a natural and intuitive approach for developing big ears and powerful improvisational skills. No unnecessary theoretical baggage, no tedious exercises: you're going to listen, play, and learn to improvise your way through all the material in the course.

In this first edition of Ear IQ, Reactive Improvisation, we'll focus your ears on chords, note choices, and improvising over chord changes.

I've organized the course into two sections. In the first section, I'll show you a straightforward and foolproof way to learn to play on chord changes. We'll listen to the chords, create collections of the best sounding notes on those chords, and explore various techniques to use those collections to create fresh sounding solos that really nail the changes.

In the second section, we'll apply the Reactive Improvisation concept to five new sets of chord changes, and then solo over each one. For example, we'll start with Caroline Yes, a 12 bar blues in A. Then we'll look at I'll Fix Your Wagon, where I'll show you how to apply different collections of notes on each chord. After that, we'll look at a complex progression - In Love With Love, which we'll divide into three manageable sections.

For each progression, you'll get detailed charts and diagrams for the rhythm changes, and reference guides that illustrate the collections of notes to use for improvising over each chord. You'll get tablature and standard notation for key examples, all five of my solos, and you'll get all the jam tracks to work with on your own.

Ready to raise your Ear IQ? Grab your guitar and let's get started.