How to improvise on guitar: 5 easy ways to improve your solos

Santana at Woodstock
David Brown and Carlos Santana jamming at Woodstock, 1969: Santana is a master improvisor (Image credit: Victor Englebert/Photo Researchers History/Getty Images)

Whether you play in a band, jam with backing tracks or you prefer to improvise unaccompanied, ad libbing is another of those continuous and unending quests. 

That doesn’t mean you can’t get a whole lot better at it, though! Here, we’re looking at a few strategies to help you develop your improv skills so you’ll be 100 per cent ready when your next jam session comes around.

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