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Watch the Sequences and Patterns for Improvisation online guitar lesson by Maurice Arenas from Sequences & Patterns for Improvisation

This course is a crash course for a guitarist who wishes to learn how to improvise in a system which trains the ear gradually as well as teaching the fundamental theoretical methods of improvisation like sequences, parallelism, line clichés, symmetrical patterns, encapsulation, rhythm and rests, arpeggios, and various forms of chromaticism.

The course starts with something very familiar to guitarists, which is the pentatonic scale. The scale is explored in degrees by groupings. After groupings are introduced, then the addition of rests and/or syncopated rhythm is added to share the diversity of using one grouping. The end of the chapter shows an example of mixed groupings and how I use it and practice it.

The second chapter covers diatonic scale possibilities first by exploring intervals and then by using groupings. Once again, I provide a chapter where I demonstrate what I do and how I practice this.

The third chapter covers an often neglected part in a guitarists arsenal, which is arpeggios. I'll show you various ways of using arpeggios in sequences and show how with rhythm and syncopation you can bring even sequences to life.

The fourth chapter concludes with more advanced ways of using chromaticism with sequences and patterns. From encapsulation like the gypsy guitarists, to more modern concepts like parallelism or symmetry like pianists like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock routinely add in their bag of tricks, it will be all covered here in this course.