Alright guys, I’ve been experimenting a bit.
I’ve been classical guitarist for several years now, lots of technical workouts, lots of etudes and complex pieces, but never deep analysis on stuff like harmony or improvisation until now (I’ve been playing for at least 11 years, hehe), the only scales I learned was the “Segovia Scales”, and it helped me to learn the notes on the fretboard.
Based on all the commentaries and points of view, I decided to try both approaches.
I took a simple progression: Cm9 - G7#5
- Over Cm9 I decided to play a classic minor pentatonic
- Over G7#5 G superlocrian
1. Learning a couple of patterns: It was hard to memorize them, I had to use sheer will and repetition in order to achieve my objective (get two “superlocrian patterns” under my fingers, I already know some pentatonic licks and shapes).
2. Learning only melodic segments as a baby learn words when first learning to speak: This was super fun and I got 3 licks under my fingers that go from Cm9 to G7#5 real fast, it took me to days of repetition to ingrain them in my playing.
In my today’s practice session, when I hit the play button to reproduce the Cm9 - G7#5 backingtrack, I start playing the licks right away, and it was magical. Music flowed out of my guitar and for a moment I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
But the experimenting did not end here, I related both licks with two new superlocrian patterns and I got them under my fingers right away. It was a similar sensation to that crazy moment when I started playing Yngwie diminished arpeggios right after watching a Cracking the Code episode.
Right now, I think learning phrases is the way to go if you want to be an improviser, scalar shapes, we could use them as little capsules to organize the phrases and gain certain knowledge of the fretboard? I think yes.
Tonight I’ll go to bed knowing that I finally found a solution to this puzzle that caused me many nightmares.