Do you guys practice improvising over different chord progressions? Should I start doing it?
Tired of the Pentatonic ? Mix it with other scales... Diminished, double diminished, let's play outside of the Pent as for exemple have a look @ this vid:
The I IV V chord progression might be "boring" when simply played using the seven Dominant chord all the time... you may use inversion (first, second third inversion...), this helps to explore the fretboard...
You might like this too <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbfFBMrFIWo>...
Hope this helps
I think it did help general fluency too.
So I would tend to seek out backing tracks that were in specific modes - Natural Minor, Dorian, Phrygian, Ionian, Mixolydian, Lydian.
If you know the minor and major pentatonic scales you're only two notes short each time of knowing any of those modes/scales I've listed.
e.g. Dorian - any part of the Minor Pentatonic scale that has 3 frets between two notes, the note nearest the higher of those two is the additional Dorian scale note. With Phrygian it's the ones nearest the lower note. Etc. Drag up a neck diagram of any of those scales and you'll see the Pentatonic notes are all there. Bringing in those additional two notes at the right points will really bring in the flavour / sound of the mode and make for very different music. Particularly with a mode that has such a strong flavour as Phrygian.
Modes aren't hard to play in if you ignore all the over-complicated theory that melts the brain into an inactive meltdown. Possibly a simplistic approach but I'm just a simple man and there's nothing wrong with simple music.
But hey-ho - I've rarely had takers for this general idea.