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Blues Improvisation 1: The Beginner’s Box

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Blues improvisation is not hard to do. You may think that you need an arsenal of notes and tricks, but in reality, you only need a few notes to get started. Today we’ll begin by learning what I like to call “the beginner’s box”.

What we’re going to do today is take just four notes that comprise the beginner’s box and play around with them. How many different ways can we make them sound?

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Here are the four notes we’ll be using:

That’s just the third and 5th frets of both the low E string and A string, but we can do a lot with these four notes.

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