Improvising can be a minefield. Which scale should you use over which chord? What ideas and techniques work with which style?
With all these questions running through your mind, it can be tough to get around to playing anything. The handy flow chart below will allow you to quickly see what your best options are for most common progressions.
Remember, this is only a guide, there are limitless options and these are by no means the only ones available to you. But it's always good to have some structure to start with.
The improvisation flow chart
Follow this handy flow chart to help you work through your improvisation options and hopefully produce something that's more musical as a result. Start with the chord you are soloing over:
Full-size improvisation flow chart (right-click to download)