How To Improvise On Guitar In Real-Life Situations

Improvising in real-life situations (such as playing in front of an audience) is not the same as improvising on your own at home. Most guitarists never develop real-life improvising skills and end up playing terrible once they go on stage for the first time. Don't let this frustrating moment happen for you! ...Or if it already has, learn how to prevent it from ever happening again.

Watch this video to learn the best way to get better at improvising on guitar in real-life situations:

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Implement the advice from this video into your playing and practicing. It will feel humbling at first and you will make more mistakes temporarily. 

But as your skills improve – your playing will become more consistent and you will feel a lot more confident playing in front of other people. 

Want more help with preparing your guitar technique for real-life playing?

Follow this guitar practice circuit:

Step 1: Choose something specific you want to master and play it while standing up for 6 repetitions.

Step 2: Play the specific item you chose in step 1 while practicing your stage presence and movement. For example, hold the guitar up in the air and make cool arm and hand gestures to the audience. Do this without looking at your hands. Repeat this 9 times, but don’t play anything else other than the specific item you chose in step 1.

As soon as this is done, immediately move to:

Step 3: Play your item while walking around the room. Repeat 8 times in a row.

As soon as this is done, immediately move to:

Step 4: Play the item for 7 repetitions with your eyes closed. Do your best to play without mistakes (although mistakes will happen in this step). If you make mistakes, do your best to play through them while keeping your eyes closed.

As soon as this is done, immediately move to:

Step 5: Insert a specific guitar playing mistake into your playing of the item. Yes, you read correctly: select a specific guitar playing mistake and intentionally insert it into your playing. Repeat the item 4 times through with the specific mistake you selected. (More about how to do this below.)

As soon as this is done, immediately move to:

Step 6: Play the item 5-15 beats per minute faster than your top speed of consistent playing. Repeat 4 times.
(Don’t know what top speed of consistent playing is? Read this guitar speed report to find out.)

Repeat this circuit nonstop for 15-20 minutes.

Now you know how to prepare your guitar chops for real-life playing. The next step is to transform the rest of your musical skills, so you can put it all together and play guitar the way you always wanted and dreamed about.

I can help you with this inside my personalized Breakthrough Guitar Lessons. Unlike some one-size-fits-all course, you won’t get generic lessons with me. 

I create guitar lessons specifically designed with you in mind.

Your lessons consist of exercises, drills, concepts and techniques and that break down your goals into bite-sized steps that improve your playing. 

As you follow these steps – you become a better guitar player. Same way you follow the navigation system in your car to get where you want to go. 

And as you practice your lessons, I’ll see and hear you play a lot more than a typical teacher might.

For example: in private lessons a teacher would only see or hear you play once per week. The rest of the time (in between your lessons) you are on your own. 

(This is how bad habits often form without you realizing it. Habits that can take months to solve.)

When you work with me, I'm most active in helping you in between the lessons (when you need my help the most).

For example: 

  • You can show me your playing every single day if you want – just post a recording of your playing on my student forum. 
  • You can also send me recordings separately for in-depth feedback on your playing and practicing on a regular basis. 
  • You can ask me questions and show me your playing every week in live video Office Hours. I hop on Zoom for an hour to help you with whatever you feel stuck on. You show me your playing (and ask about your guitar playing challenges) during this time and I help you.
  • Every week I do live video training classes where I can see you play guitar as well and give you more personal help with your playing.
  • Depending on what you write in your feedback form about each lesson (I ask you to leave me feedback about each part of what I teach you) I sometimes may ask you to send me a yet another recording of your playing. This way I get to see you play whatever you struggle with and can adjust your lesson strategy (if needed) to help you improve faster. 

All you have to do is practice what I tell you to do at least 30 minutes per day 5 times per week.

If you can practice more – that’s great. But if you practice the lessons I give you just 30 minutes per day, it becomes almost impossible for you not to improve.

Check out the results my guitar students are achieving:



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