This is a great exercise for anyone that wants to learn how to improvise but is struggling to come up with ideas. The reason this exercise works so well is because it restricts you to only 5 notes and really forces you to come up with an idea. Beginners (myself included at one point) often struggle when given too many options of what to play. It’s better to put yourself in a little box (only 5 note choices) and then as you progress you can expand outside those notes and slowly work in the entire fingerboard. That way you’ll get your confidence up and when the time comes you’ll be ready to play an improvised solo.
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