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Theory and Improvisation

Join GIT graduate and professional guitar player, Michael Palmisano as he explores his personal approach to improvising on guitar. Relying heavily on his loop pedal, Michael walks through the theory and mindset that goes into playing over chord progressions and crafting beautiful melodies and solos. This is a very hands on course! If you have a loop pedal, a recording device, or a friend to play with, that would really help make the most of it.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Michael kicks off his course and explains what to expect from the course, as well as who...

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Lesson 2

Why Is Improvising So...

In this lesson, Michael is going to start de-mystifying improvisation. After walking...

Length: 6:59
Lesson 3

Everything Exists In...

Whether you are a solo guitarist, playing with a band, loops or a JamTrack, every melody...

Length: 9:08
Lesson 4

What Chords Are In A...

Understanding what chords fit with in a key is a crucial element to crafting new melodies...

Length: 6:25
Lesson 5

The Triad Skeleton

It's all about context! Chords are the harmony context we are constantly playing in as...

Length: 8:05
Lesson 6

CAGED System Overview

Chances are, if you've held a guitar for any length of time, you've heard of the CAGED...

Length: 14:14
Lesson 7

Your First Scale: The...

The Pentatonic scale is crucial to improvising in just about every genre of modern western...

Length: 9:09
Lesson 8

Your First Improvisation:...

It's time to start playing some music! Building off of what we've learned so far, we...

Length: 7:52
Lesson 9

The Minor Pentatonic...

In this lesson we're going to look at the two most common positions used to execute the...

Length: 3:34
Lesson 10

Improvisation #2: Minor...

We're going to take the Minor Pentatonic theory we shoved into your brain in the last...

Length: 5:46
Lesson 11

Exhaust Your Options!

The notes that fit in a specific key, scale, or chord are a small, if significant part...

Length: 11:46
Lesson 12

Emphasizing Chord Tone

Tired of playing around with one chord vamps? It's time to add in some more chords and...

Length: 9:40
Lesson 13

Multiple Chords = Multiple...

In this lesson, Michael continues to expand our horizons by addressing various approaches...

Length: 7:51
Lesson 14

Playing Over Chord Progressions:...

This is the most common approach to improvising and works best for pentatonic and full...

Length: 6:16
Lesson 15

Playing Over Chord Progressions:...

Switching pentatonic scales to match the corresponding chord change gives you the chord...

Length: 8:10
Lesson 16

The Full 7 Note Major...

Now that we’ve combined our pentatonics, it's time to put them together and review our...

Length: 8:51
Lesson 17

Chord Tone Approach...

Now that we've learned what it means to put together the key center and scale approaches...

Length: 7:43
Lesson 18

The Full 7-Note Minor...

What about minor keys? What does that mean exactly? Is this a mode? Michael will answer...

Length: 7:00
Lesson 19

Chord Tone Approach...

This lesson focuses on the chord tones of the passing chords, but not necessarily switching...

Length: 6:16
Lesson 20

Playing Over Quick Chord...

Quick-changing tunes lend themselves to a more percussive key-centered approach, where...

Length: 4:53
Lesson 21

The Art of Chord Pairing

The chords that come before and after have something to say about the current chord! ...

Length: 6:53
Lesson 22

Do I Have Your Attention?

Writing and improvising melodies is just like telling a story. Join Michael as he explores...

Length: 6:40
Lesson 23

High vs Low Pitch

Saying what you want to say in different registers has a different effect, and is something...

Length: 5:28
Lesson 24

Slow vs. Fast

Varying your tempo and picking attack speed can be a great way to add drama to your improvisation,...

Length: 5:01
Lesson 25

Intensity - More vs...

More can be less, but it can also be more... at the right time. A constant fluctuation...

Length: 5:36
Lesson 26

Volume - Soft vs Loud

You can start soft and finish screaming... Or the opposite. Or go back and forth! Take...

Length: 5:45
Lesson 27

Melodic vs. Harmonic

Often an overlooked tool amongst guitarists, but commonplace in the improv community is...

Length: 8:32
Lesson 28

Telling Your Story

Every tune has a story - even the ones without lyrics. Your goal as an improviser is to...

Length: 3:10
Lesson 29

Song Analysis: Nobody...

You like what you like... But WHY? What makes one artist resonate more than others? ...

Length: 7:29
Lesson 30

Series Conclusion

We've come a long way in this series! Join Michael as he wraps up the series and gives...

Length: 1:41
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Award Winning GIT Grad, Founder of PRS Sponsored Guitargate.com, 70k+ students worldwide, and Lead Guitarist in What's Next - Voted 5x "Best Band" in Baltimore, MD. I have been playing guitar since I was 5, and gigging and teaching professionally for the last 15+ years. I genuinely love to teach, and my goal is to help people learn the "why" behind the notes, bridge the gap between rhythm and lead guitar, and ultimately use these tools to improvise and get the stuff in your head out! On a side note, it's truly incredible that the internet has allowed us to connect from all over the world. I believe in online education, and I strive to be as helpful as possible. If I can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to email me with a question or a video for feedback - I respond to each and every message. We're in this together!