Is learning all the modes the best first step? A reader asks for guidance on how to begin improvising.


Chops: Beginner
Theory: Beginner
Lesson Overview:
• Learn how to visualize chord shapes over the entire fretboard.
• Connect triad shapes in a more melodic way.
• Develop a better sense of phrasing by simplifying your note choices.


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Dear 6-String Sensei:

I’ve read that to improvise in different positions on the neck, I need to learn about modes. But every time I sit down to work on scales, I get overwhelmed. Is there a bite-sized way to start with improvisation?

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