Guitar Improvisation

Do you want to master guitar improvisation?


Many guitarists learn to solo by copying the technical licks and riffs from their favorite players into their own playing, while adding in their own personal feel and emotion.
The result of this approach is that guitarists end up knowing how to improvise in a particular style, but lack the technical understanding of why these solos work.

How does our course assist YOU with mastering your craft?


Our Guitar Improvisation Course is designed to help guitarists who may have learned the technical aspects of playing, but lack the theoretical application of the musical elements that make up a strong solo.
  • Improvise using pentatonic scales, arpeggios, and modes over various types of chords and chord progressions
  • Construct solos more logically and methodically
  • Develop your own unique style of improvisation
  • Have a better understanding of chord scale relationships

Through video, audio, diagrams, and discussions, the course explores the technical aspects of what makes a successful solo – from scales and arpeggios and new ways to practice them, to applying them to an improvisational context.

You will learn how to identify various modal progressions and their characteristics, and how to play and think within a diatonic framework as a means of organizing your musical vocabulary.
  • Improvise using pentatonic scales, arpeggios, and modes over various types of chords and chord progressions
  • Construct solos more logically and methodically
  • Develop your own unique style of improvisation
  • Have a better understanding of chord scale relationships

Through video, audio, diagrams, and discussions, the course explores the technical aspects of what makes a successful solo – from scales and arpeggios and new ways to practice them, to applying them to an improvisational context.

You will learn how to identify various modal progressions and their characteristics, and how to play and think within a diatonic framework as a means of organizing your musical vocabulary.
BB King
BB King
Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy
Jimmy Vaughan
Jimmy Vaughan
Jimmy Vaughan
John 5
John 5
John Scofield
John Scofield
John Scofield

You will listen to solos from artists such as:

  • David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
  • Pete Townsend (The Who)
  • Joe Walsh (The Eagles)
  • Robby Krieger (The Doors)
  • Duane Allman (The Allman Brothers)
  • Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)
  • Steve Clark (Def Leppard)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Eric Clapton
  • John Mayer

The course also explores tone, phrasing, theme, variation and other improvisational techniques. The goal of the course is to better equip you with a harmonic understanding of the elements of a solo that you can then implement into your own playing regardless of style.

The course also explores tone, phrasing, theme, variation and other improvisational techniques. The goal of the course is to better equip you with a harmonic understanding of the elements of a solo that you can then implement into your own playing regardless of style.

Learn for Free!


As part of an ongoing community based initiative from Specsavers Charlestown, one
lucky NMA student each term will receive a
full term of musicianship lessons as a scholarship valued at $250.
ENQUIRE NOW to secure your spot for
2017 in the National Music Academy Guitar Improvisation Course!




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