Once you can play up and down the minor pentatonic scale without breaking rhythm its times to get creative and start changing up the order of the notes as seen in Ex 4. A great idea is to stick to only two strings and see how many different ways you can combine and articulate the notes. Once you have used up all of your ideas, you can move to a new group of strings or even a new shape of the minor pentatonic scale.
Where to from here?
When it comes to improvisation on the guitar it isn’t so much about what your fingers are capable of playing as much as to what ideas your imagination can come up with. Using rhythmic motifs is a very simple way for you to connect a number of different licks or ideas together with a repeated rhythm. As you develop this skill and build a repertoire of motifs you will able to create new licks and connect ideas that will impress listeners and make your solos just as good if not better than the pros.
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