Practical Intervals in Guitar Improvisation
165 fingering positions you should know for guitar improvisation
by Salim Ghazi Saeedi, Feb 2011
When a musician improvises, all of his/her actions should converge toward playing what he hears in his inner ear, or what he composes in real time, receives via intuition, etc. This way it is important to find structures for the techniques required for improvising. During years I have used some rules for doing so.
The most important result of such an approach is to eliminate the effect of "fingering habits" on developing improvisational ideas. For example when you practice specific fingerings repetitively, your fingers may become comfortable in those positions and hence acquire them as habits. So next time you decide to improvise, you may merely improvise by your fingers (i.e. affected by their habits) instead of improvising by your "inner ear" or intuition or anything you prefer to call it.
So I have devised a set of fingering rules to be able to devote my improvisation energy on creation itself. Of course in devising such rules, I had to sacrifice a little of technique's simplicity. However that anyone can easily master these techniques by practice, the benefit is they can eliminate player's thought process to the minimum in favor of improvisation... These rules have a few concepts behind them:
Regardless of the current finger’s position, the player should,
Here I start to describe fingering details of different variations for every interval on different string positions, provided with video examples, tablature/standard notation sheets and Guitar Pro files.
1. All intervals here are
presented in ascending order.
3. The variations are in order of preference. So - usually and where applicable - var#1 is preferable to ver#2