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Vertical and Horizontal improvisation


(@fleaaaaaa)
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Never come across this before...... however I picked up a "learn to play guitar" magazine/book that was in the supermarket and it said about these two types of playing.......

And Apparently if I remember this right

Horizontal playing - Means that you improvised within chord tones

Vertical playing - Means you improvise with scales of the key

Has anyone come across this before because I had never heard that....

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(@almann1979)
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It's a term I have heard flying around on YouTube videos, and I got the impression it meant the same as you said :D

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(@noteboat)
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You're remembering it a bit backwards...

Horizontal refers to the melodic line, and vertical to the chords - in standard notation, the notes of a chord appear vertically.

So vertical improvisation is using arpeggios of the chords, and horizontal improv uses the scales.

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(@krah13)
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Yes, Vertical Improvisation refers to Arpeggios and Horizontal refers to Scale improvisation.

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(@fleaaaaaa)
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Woops - well I just saw it in a guitar magazine in a shop That makes a lot of sense now that you mentioned the music. At least I didn't say it was diagonal improvisation.

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At least I didn't say it was diagonal improvisation.

That's actually how I think of Django's playing - improvising diagonally on the fretboard :)

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