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Welcome to Concepts For Improvisation! I have been teaching and playing professionally for nearly 50 years. In that time I've experienced students and players at many levels who deal with the "fear factor" of play the wrong note. My goal is to eliminate that fear from your music making process. Listen to my podcasts for free, but in order to get the most out of my lessons I suggest downloading my PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks on my Patreon site.

Welcome to Concepts For Improvisation! I have been teaching and playing professionally for nearly 50 years. In that time I've experienced students and players at many levels who deal with the "fear factor" of play the wrong note. My goal is to eliminate that fear from your music making process. Listen to my podcasts for free, but in order to get the most out of my lessons I suggest downloading my PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks on my Patreon site.
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Welcome to Concepts For Improvisation! I have been teaching and playing professionally for nearly 50 years. In that time I've experienced students and players at many levels who deal with the "fear factor" of play the wrong note. My goal is to eliminate that fear from your music making process. Listen to my podcasts for free, but in order to get the most out of my lessons I suggest downloading my PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks on my Patreon site.

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Episode 17: Eliminating Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 10)

1/15/2019
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Thank you for listening to the Concepts For Improvisation podcast. In this lesson we are going to explore some soloing options over a major 7 tonality. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and more. You can subscribe to the full podcast and also receive the PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks for only $5 per month on Patreon.com. Brad Carlton also has over 110 guitar courses available at TrueFire.com. Patreon:...

Duration:00:13:41

Episode 16: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 9)

1/9/2019
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In this podcast, I will discuss the concept of neighbor tones and chromaticism. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and more. You can subscribe to the full podcast and also receive the PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks for only $5 per month on Patreon.com. Brad Carlton also has over 110 guitar courses available at TrueFire.com. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/conceptsforimprovisation/posts TrueFire:...

Duration:00:10:52

Episode 15: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 8)

1/1/2019
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This podcast will examine other minor scales that may applied in improvisational situations. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and more. You can subscribe to the full podcast and also receive the PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks for only $5 per month on Patreon.com. Brad Carlton also has over 110 guitar courses available at TrueFire.com. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/conceptsforimprovisation/posts TrueFire:...

Duration:00:09:09

Episode 14: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 7)

12/25/2018
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In episode #13, we utilized the diatonic triads as our source material for soloing over the B Dorian jam tracks. We will now explore the diatonic 7 chords in the key of A which is the parent scale of B Dorian. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and more. You can subscribe to the full podcast and also receive the PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks for only $5 per month on Patreon.com. Brad Carlton also has over 110 guitar...

Duration:00:09:30

Episode 13: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 6)

12/17/2018
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Podcast #12 utilized the Bm (I) and A (bVII) triads out of the B Dorian mode as an improvisational approach. This provided the following tones as analyzed over the B root. Bm: B(1), D(b3), F#(5) A: A(b7), C#(9), E(11) This lesson will explore all the remaining adjacent triads as source material for soloing over the B Dorian jam tracks. All triad components are analyzed over the B root. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and...

Duration:00:10:17

Episode 12: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 5)

12/11/2018
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In Episode #11 you were presented with the concept of pentatonic scale subsets within the parent major scale of any mode. In this lesson, we are going to limit our soloing approach to the diatonic triads which reside inside the major scale. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and more. You can subscribe to the full podcast and also receive the PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks for only $5 per month on Patreon.com. Brad...

Duration:00:08:37

Episode 11: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 4)

12/5/2018
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In Podcast #10, we explored the B Dorian heptatonic arpeggio and the seven triads that are contained within it. The topic of this lesson will be the pentatonic scale. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and more. You can subscribe to the full podcast and also receive the PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks for only $5 per month on Patreon.com. Brad Carlton also has over 110 guitar courses available at...

Duration:00:10:32

Episode 10: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 3)

11/26/2018
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In the two previous lessons, we have applied permutations of the minor add9 and the minor7 arpeggio as our melodic source. We will now discuss the various extensions that reside within the Dorian mode. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and more. You can subscribe to the full podcast and also receive the PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks for only $5 per month on Patreon.com. Brad Carlton also has over 110 guitar courses...

Duration:00:07:52

Episode 9: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 2)

11/19/2018
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For this lesson, we will explore the Bm7 arpeggio as a melodic source. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and more. You can subscribe to the full podcast and also receive the PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks for only $5 per month on Patreon.com. Brad Carlton also has over 110 guitar courses available at TrueFire.com. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/conceptsforimprovisation/posts TrueFire:...

Duration:00:10:12

Episode 8: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation - Minor (Part 1)

11/13/2018
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For the past seven podcasts, we have been examining improvising over a major tonality. The major scale (Ionian mode) was our source for all seven note options. We are now going to turn our attention to the minor tonality. This is a short clip from the full podcast where Brad goes into greater detail about this subject and more. You can subscribe to the full podcast and also receive the PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks for only $5 per month on Patreon.com. Brad Carlton also has...

Duration:00:07:59

Episode 7: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation (Part 7)

11/5/2018
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In this podcast we are going to raise the bar in two different ways. First, we are going to be changing keys to the key of A major. The A major scale has 3 sharps and is spelled: A (1), B (2), C# (3), D (4), E (5), F# (6), and G# (7). Remember that if you are a Bb instrument, you will be in the key of B (5 sharps). If you are an Eb instrument, you will be in the key of F# (6 sharps). The second difference this week will be that the jam track will consist of various extensions of the I...

Duration:00:07:18

Episode 6: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation (Part 6)

10/29/2018
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In Podcast #5 we examined the concept of “Locking Up With The Changes”. The track consisted of a Csus2 to C chord change (one bar per chord). The target notes were the 2 for the sus2 chord, and the 3 for the C chord. We also played various two and three note motifs that targeted the 2,3, and 4. This podcast could be viewed as part 2 of the previous lesson. It will be a bit more challenging as our track is a four bar vamp consisting of Csus4, C, Csus2, C. This means that the definitive notes...

Duration:00:04:26

Episode 5: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation (Part 5)

10/22/2018
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In the first four lessons we examined the following scale degrees: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. They were organized according to harmonic structures (chords). The C5 (1, 5), the C (1, 3, 5), the Csus2 (1, 2, 5), and the Csus4 (1, 4, 5). We are now going to track these chords in our solo lines. This means you have to 1, know what the changes are; 2, know where you are in each measure; and 3, organize your lines according to the prevailing chord. Listen to my podcasts for free, but in order to get the most...

Duration:00:15:15

Episode 4: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation (Part 4)

10/15/2018
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This lesson presents the sus4 harmony both as a static chord and a melodic move. Subscribe to my Patreon account where I have included four jam tracks in this lesson, the C5, C, Csus2, and Csus4. Listen to my podcasts for free, but in order to get the most out of my lessons I suggest downloading my PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks on my Patreon with a $5/month subscription. Your subscription will give YOU the tools needed to become confident as a musician and afford ME the...

Duration:00:14:35

Episode 3: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation (Part 3)

10/8/2018
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This lesson will present the sus2 chord. The chord symbols is an abbreviation for suspended 2 which is defined as replacing the 3rd of the major or minor chord with the 2nd. Listen to my podcasts for free, but in order to get the most out of my lessons I suggest downloading my PDF practice sheets and MP3 backing tracks on my Patreon with a $5/month subscription. Your subscription will give YOU the tools needed to become confident as a musician and afford ME the financial resources to create...

Duration:00:14:41

Episode 2: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation (Part 2)

10/1/2018
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In this lesson I will be discussing what I term the “links of the chain”. I use this phrase to reference the concept that whenever you move from one note to another, it is akin to the links in a chain. The chain in this case is the melodic line. You want to be thorough in your practicing, so it's wise to examine every adjacent note in terms of rhythm, articulation, dynamics, and execution. Listen to my podcasts for free, but in order to get the most out of my lessons I suggest downloading my...

Duration:00:11:57

Episode 1: Eliminate Your Fear of Improvisation (Part 1)

9/22/2018
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Welcome to Concepts For Improvisation. This lesson is the first in a series of seven lessons which will cover the major scale and its application in an improvisation over a static chord vamp. All examples are written out for C, Bb, and Eb instruments. I have been teaching and playing professionally nearly 50 years. In all that time I've experienced students and players at many levels who deal with this “fear factor” of playing the wrong note. My goal is to eliminate that fear from the music...

Duration:00:12:57