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I have been starting to develop my improv vocabulary. Here is a way of practicing (exercise) that I have been using with fantastic results. It is simple, but not necessarily easy.


1. Take a very simple riff and get it under your fingers.
2. Start inserting an octave shift at various points in the riff.
3. Put on various backing tracks and make it music.

Not only do you learn the riff, you get tons of practice on so many other fundamental skills!


Here is an example of just some of the permutations you can get from a simple riff that only uses the |1 b7 1 2 3 3 |

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Very cool idea. I just started doing 1 riff but in all 12 keys which has been incredible in allowing me to get more comfortable with my instrument. I think now I can add this as well as kind of a step 3.
 
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