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Daniel Gilbert

Learning Techniques

Learning can be frustrating! Daniel kicks off his series by taking you through 3 basic stages of how to learn, specifically on guitar. He provides a basic lick to illustrate how to apply these learning techniques.

Taught by Daniel Gilbert in Improvisation with Daniel Gilbert seriesLength: 13:03Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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efrenishefrenish replied on February 9th, 2017

Thanks! It's a process. I need to stay focused.

JPKJPK replied on October 17th, 2015

Powerful concept. I'd never thought of learning small sections of music by giving yourself a time frame to do it. I see how this could keep you more focused.

Rob SRob S replied on September 7th, 2015

Great! I like the visualization, I did it step by step and it works for me. I plan on going through this lesson set thanks Rob

wolfattitude01wolfattitude01 replied on April 12th, 2014

I plan to do experience the entire series with you D, great approach.......

nlonguk02nlonguk02 replied on March 16th, 2014

Your teaching style and practice advice are super AWESOME, Daniel! You're a great teacher on JamPlay...

daronpowersdaronpowers replied on November 23rd, 2013

Important lesson on visualization. When Neil Armstrong first man to land on the moon touched his foot on the moon he said, "It's just like old home town week." He'd visualized the step over 300 times. This is the first time I've seen visualization in a guitar learning approach. Superb. The other point you make is to go slowly. I've always thought that if you can't play it slow, you can't play it fast and sound any better. One more thing… Your attitude toward teaching and learning is fantastic. Your voice tone says, "You can do this if you follow along step by step." Clearly a Master Teacher.

BevvyBevvy replied on November 11th, 2013

Daniel , you are an excellent presenter, thanks for your positive and encouraging work… I love your style of teaching… hope to gain a lot working through these super lessons

ivan_cortes16ivan_cortes16 replied on November 30th, 2012

Frustration free learning! Thank you!

rhondoozierhondoozie replied on November 23rd, 2012

A great reminder that is key to muscle memory and focus in general. this is one to revisit at least once a month as a reminder. I really like his style of teaching!

annandmairiannandmairi replied on September 7th, 2012

with you as a teacher, I can only gain

caliban4caliban4 replied on September 6th, 2012

The lesson was interesting. I can understand that technique is the foundation of guitar playing, but I am curious why the standard approach to improv always focuses on technical exercises. If this approach works, then in theory there would be thousands of great improvisers. It's like teaching someone to play tennis by showing him how to run. Sure, running is required to play tennis, but can you play tennis by merely running? To me, an improv lesson or course should assume that basic technique is already in place and should focus instead on how to truly improvise in itself, whether through the creation of melodic motifs, use of leading tones, embellishment of skeleton tones, soloing over the chord changes, examination of musical examples, etc. I would like to see a more practical approach to improv. Please note that this is not intended as criticism, but just my silly opinion.

verciapoanceverciapoance replied on April 11th, 2013

It's a fair opinion, however to improvise establishment between fingers and sound has to be made within the mind. Without it you can't hope to hit the sounds you hear in your head at all, visualization and technical exercises is like practicing how to say words or phrases in a new language how you put them together when you yourself truely improvise and how to stay on topic and know when to go off topic is a personal preferrence or a stylebased choice(which can be learned through lessons), but the latter is more of a imitation approach than improvisation.

lyn44lyn44 replied on September 6th, 2012

Great lesson hope there are many more

korblitskykorblitsky replied on September 5th, 2012

This is amazing.

LanjaLanja replied on September 5th, 2012

Awesome lesson! SLOW IT DOWN.......

merrill123merrill123 replied on September 4th, 2012

ska-boo-la ...luv it!

bigbeardalebigbeardale replied on September 4th, 2012

Looks like a great teacher. Like how he said SLOW it down to get it Right. That is very important.

loonacyloonacy replied on September 3rd, 2012

This was very helpful and interesting. It really opened my eyes on how to learn new things.

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on September 1st, 2012

Cool. Very valuable concepts. Thanks.

djmikedjmike replied on August 31st, 2012

Great lesson! Good information and straight forward teaching.

remanilov7114remanilov7114 replied on August 31st, 2012

Very informative and on point, I will definitely be adding the timer to my practice routine, thanks Daniel.

taijuandotaijuando replied on August 29th, 2012

great lesson...is there a typo on the pdf in part b it shows the first note as the open b string but it looks like he's playing 4th fret on the G string and that is how it is shown in a.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 29th, 2012

there's a fix for the supp content that will be going up shortly.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 31st, 2012

tab has been fixed

rikkirikki replied on August 29th, 2012

Makes a lot of sense. It certainly helped me pick up the riff quicker.

SuperatfSuperatf replied on August 29th, 2012

Good solid lesson, learned a great deal in 13 + min.

chuckwchuckw replied on August 29th, 2012

Hope a lot more coming!

luke95luke95 replied on August 28th, 2012

Wow, what a great teacher!

kathyk333kathyk333 replied on August 28th, 2012

Excited about this series, anxiously awaiting more!

iemoriemor replied on August 28th, 2012

I agree he is a great teacher i hope he has many, many lessons planed for us

ramedyramedy replied on August 28th, 2012

Super valuable lesson!

kickkick replied on August 28th, 2012

Thats what we need...... Great

purchpurch replied on August 28th, 2012

this guy is great.... I like the way he presents the information

Improvisation with Daniel Gilbert

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

This series covers scale positions, arpeggios, modes, advanced blues and more! Learn creative, outside the box ways of applying your knowledge and ideas to your improvisation.



Lesson 1

Improvisation with Daniel Gilbert

Known around the world for his inspirational approach to guitar instruction, Musician's Institute veteran Daniel Gilbert outlines his series on Improvisation.

Length: 6:01 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Learning Techniques

Learning can be frustrating! Daniel kicks off his series by taking you through 3 basic stages of how to learn, specifically on guitar. He provides a basic lick to illustrate how to apply these learning...

Length: 13:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Scale Basics: CAGED Major Scale Patterns

Whether you've practiced a lot of scales or you are new to lead playing, Daniel's presentation of the CAGED major scale patterns is one you won't want to miss! You'll also receive valuable practice advice...

Length: 11:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Scale Sequencing

Daniel shares and demonstrates a large variety of basic and advanced scale sequences and shares his philosophy behind using them in your playing.

Length: 14:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Scale Basics: Minor Scale Patterns

Daniel continues his study of "Scale Basics" by teaching the five natural minor scale patterns. He discusses the similarities and differences between the major and minor scales and takes a look at improvising...

Length: 11:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Minor Pentatonic Patterns

Need a fresh approach to one of the most familiar and widely used scales on the planet? Look no further. Daniel teaches the five basic patterns, offers some unique sounding sequences to practice, and improvises...

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Major Pentatonic Patterns

Daniel teaches the patterns of the major pentatonic scale and discusses what makes this scale unique from its minor counterpart. He also shares two unconventional sequencing ideas.

Length: 8:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Starting to Make Music

Daniel wraps up his "Scale Basics" mini series by sharing a few ways to make simple scales sound a bit more interesting. Ascend one and descend another. Sequence one and play another one straight through....

Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Basic Blues: Quick Change & Slow Change

Daniel teaches the "quick change" and "slow change" blues progressions and provides a blues comp idea that he calls "The Chicago". Play with both forms over shuffle and straight backing tracks!

Length: 10:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Blues Comping and the Blues Scale

Daniel covers one more chord-based blues comp as well as many riff-based comp ideas for the quick change blues. He then goes on to introduce the 5 positions of the Blues Scale.

Length: 13:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Major Blues Sounds and Bending

Daniel continues his basic blues mini series by discussing bending as a prominent style defining attribute of one's playing. He then takes you in to the possibly less common realm of Major Blues licks...

Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Hybrid Blues

Daniel introduces the Hybrid Blues sound and uses two B. B. King "boxes" to illustrate some ways that it can be applied.

Length: 7:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Mixing Blues Sounds

Take the 3 distinct blues sounds you've practiced during this "Basic Blues" mini series and learn a really tasty way to apply each sound over a different part of a blues progression. Getting a grasp on...

Length: 9:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Major 7 Arpeggios

Daniel kicks off his "Arpeggios Mini-series" with the major 7th arpeggios. He teaches the five CAGED shapes as well as some alternate fingerings for a few of the patterns. Then, he demonstrates some of...

Length: 13:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Minor 7 Arpeggios

Learn the minor seventh arpeggio shapes and how to apply them over a couple of different chords. Apply these arpeggios over the provided backing tracks.

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Dominant 7 Arpeggios

If you took Daniel's "Basic Blues" lessons, you won't want to miss this lesson on dominant seventh arpeggios! These patterns provide you with a nice 'wide' sound when compared with regular scales and are...

Length: 11:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Minor 7(b5) Arpeggios

Finishing up the last of the seventh arpeggios, Mr. Gilbert teaches the m7(b5) patterns and demonstrates a few conventional and unconventional ways of applying them. Blues players, this lesson will rock...

Length: 14:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Improvising with Arpeggios

Taking all of the arpeggios learned so far, Daniel takes you through two chord progressions and demonstrates many ways to apply the patterns musically over backing tracks.

Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Major Arpeggios

Saving the three note arpeggios for later in his series was a strategic one. They are actually harder to play! Once you have the seventh arpeggio shapes down, start getting these shapes in your fingers!

Length: 9:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Minor Arpeggios

Daniel begins by teaching the basic CAGED minor arpeggio patterns and then shares an etude that provides a beautiful musical context with which to apply some of the shapes covered so far.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Diminished 7 Arpeggios

Daniel teaches the fully diminished 7th arpeggio shapes and explores several ways of applying them over chords and progressions we use every day.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Augmented Arpeggios

In this last installment of his arpeggio mini series, Daniel teaches the augmented patterns. As usual, there is a backing track provided so that you can, using Daniel's insights, practice making music...

Length: 7:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

The Dorian Mode

Modes are generally a source of mass confusion for many guitarists. If you're new to modes or struggling to apply them, Mr. Gilbert's mode mini series is for you. In this lesson, learn the Dorian patterns,...

Length: 10:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

The Phrygian Mode

Apply Daniel's same easy method for learning the modes to the Phrygian mode. Daniel outlines the scale patterns and teaches some short musical phrases that help drive home the unique nature of the scale....

Length: 9:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

The Lydian Mode

Daniel teaches the CAGED Lydian patterns, some tasteful phrasing ideas, and explores some chords and progressions that are appropriate for the Lydian mode.

Length: 9:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

The Mixolydian Mode

Being one of Daniel's favorite sounds, he takes extra care in explaining and demonstrating the Mixolydian mode. Learn the patterns, some musical phrases and put it all together with a backing track!

Length: 8:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 27

Modal Jams

Daniel wraps up his mini series on modes by teaching you how to play over two different modal backing tracks. Learn how to switch between modes and keys and apply scales as well as arpeggios.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

Advanced Blues: Expanding the A7 Chord

Welcome to Daniel's "Advanced Blues" mini series. This is an incredibly interesting lesson about how arpeggios and scales in different keys relate to the A7 chord. If you like your blues with a bit of...

Length: 16:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 29

Advanced Blues: Using Triads

Daniel explores some conventional and unconventional ways to use triads over an A7 chord and an Am7 chord. When added tastefully, triads really spice up the old blues and pentatonic scales.

Length: 12:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 30

Advanced Blues: Modes and Blues

Sticking with the 12 bar form, Daniel looks at different chords that can be used in place of the more traditional blues. He then dives deep into utilizing modes as a form of improvisation over the blues...

Length: 8:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 31

Advanced Blues: "A La Carte"

Put it all together with this monster modal blues beast and Daniel's series finale. If you've been following Daniel's series and practicing diligently, this is your test... your chance to reach further......

Length: 10:21 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 32

Advanced Improvisation

Daniel now takes this series to the next step. Here he explains where this series will take you in your improvising techniques.

Length: 3:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 33

C-D Transitions

Daniel explains some practice techniques that will enable you to improvise over a key change of a whole step.

Length: 17:22 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 34

Minor 3rd Transitions

Learn some practice techniques that will help you improvise over two different key centers that are a minor third apart.

Length: 18:31 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 35

Major 3rd Key Changes

This lesson is all about intervals, specifically switching between keys that are a major third apart.

Length: 11:44 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 36

Working within A Minor

In this very detailed oriented series, Daniel now discusses some unique ways to use the A minor scale to you improvisational advantage.

Length: 9:21 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 37

ii-V-I Progressions

Here, Daniel covers ii-V-I progressions and explains some scale choices that can be used when improvising over them.

Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 38

Solo Opportunities

Still sticking within the ii-V-I progression, Daniel delves much deeper into the scale options available when improvising a solo.

Length: 15:43 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 39

Minor ii-V-i Progressions

Daniel will mellow things out by demonstrating how to play over ii-V-i progressions in minor keys.

Length: 8:17 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 40

Chromatic Alterations

This lesson diverts into more of a chromatic direction. Learn how to incorporate basic chromatic ideas over the ii-V-I.

Length: 11:27 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only

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