Put all of these things together and you will be surprised
just how much music can come out of just a couple of small
Be as creative as possible within these limitations. Remember
that you are practicing improvisation. When you are practicing,
you are working on a specific idea. The idea here is to
play only two licks in as many different variations as possible.
Even when you feel that you have exhausted every possibility,
Once you have practiced the steps above, make sure that
you spend some time just exploring the minor pentatonic
scale on your own. Try adding notes to the two basic licks.
If it doesn't sound good try not to play it again. If it
does sound good, try to remember what you did.
The next step will be to learn more licks and mutate them
in the same way. There is definitely more to learning how
to improvise than learning a bunch of licks, but this is
a good place to start.