Take your improvisation to the next level by listening to your own playing and reacting to it

When improvising a guitar solo, my preference is to try to live in the moment, by listening to the musical ideas as they are forming and then reacting to those sounds and following the improvisation wherever it may lead me creatively. Some musicians have the ability to predict what they’re going to play and know what the lines will sound like over any chord, and that is certainly a great skill to have. That said, however, I don’t know too many players that use that as their primary, natural approach.

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Dweezil Zappa is a brilliant guitarist and son of the legendary Frank Zappa. For the last 12 years he has toured the world performing his father’s music with Zappa Plays Zappa and other ensembles. His latest album is Confessions of a Deprived Youth (Deep Fried Youth).