John Mclaughlin Guitar Jazz/Fusion Lick/Lesson

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John Mclaughlin Alternate Picking Jazz/Fusion Guitar Lick/Lesson

This John Mclaughlin Jazz/Fusion guitar lesson employs alternate picking for solid rhythmic fluidity. I start on the down stroke with the guitar plectrum.

Alternate Picking Mclaughlin Lick in Parts.

The first part is built from simple Pentatonic cells.

John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick
John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick

The second part uses scale fragments 4ths, and Arpeggios

John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick

The last part Uses 4ths and a Pentatonic Shape

John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick

Full Score of Lick:

Alternate Picking John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick
Alternate Picking John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick

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Alternate Picking 16ths Acoustic Jazz/Fusion Guitar Lesson

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THE FOUR MAIN ALTERNATE PICKING GUITAR RHYTHMS FOR CREATIVE ACOUSTIC GUITAR JAZZ/FUSION IMPROVISED LINE SET-UPS

John Mclaughlin right hand  alternate picking rhythms pattersns
Basic Rhythms

THE FIRST ALTERNATE PICKING RHYTHMIC SET-UP EMPLOYS THE 8TH NOTE AND TWO 16TH NOTES. THIS IS A USEFUL RHYTHM AS IT GIVES YOUR PICKING RIGHT HAND A MOMENT TO SET UP THE “UP STROKE” AND FIRE THE PHRASE FORWARD LEADING TO A  SMOOTH ALTERNATE PICKING LICK/LINE.

John Mclaughlin alternate picking guitar right hand patterns.
Alternate Picking Guitar Set-up

THE NEXT RHYTHMIC SET UP EMPLOYS A DOTTED 8TH NOTE AND A 16TH NOTE. AGAIN THIS SLIGHT DELAY BEFORE THE PHRASE TAKES OFF GIVES YOUR RIGHT HAND TIME TO FLICK UP AND FIRE OFF THE PHRASE WITH CONFIDENT ALTERNATE PICKING.

John Mclaughlin right hand alternate picking patterns for guitar
Alternate Picking Guitar Set-Up for Jazz/Fusion Improvisation

THE PHRASE BELOW IS THE “OFF-BEAT” PHRASE AND IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT CREATES ANTICIPATION AND SYNCOPATION IN YOUR ALTERNATE PICKING WHICH IS ESSENTIAL FOR JAZZ AND FUSION GUITAR PLAYING. [AS I SUGGEST IN THE VIDEO YOU WILL FIND THIS A LOT IN THE JOHN MCLAUGHLIN ALBUM/CD CALLED “BELO HEROZONTE]

John Mclaughlin off beat syncopated alternate picking guitar pattern
Off-Beat Alternate Picking Guitar Acoustic jazz/fusion set-up

FINALLY WE HAVE BASIC ALTERNATE PICKING 16THS STARTING ON THE BEAT. I SAT ON THE DOWN STROKE WITH THE PLECTRUM ON MY GUITAR FOR THIS PHRASE.

John mclaughlin alternate picking on the beat guitar pattern
Alternate Picking 16th’s Guitar Jazz/Fusion Rhythmic set-ups On the beat

ALL OF THESE PHRASES USE A SIMPLE PENTATONIC SCALE BECAUSE THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO GET THESE RHYTHMS PRECISE WHEN STARTING OUT WITH ALTERNATE PICKING.

ALL OF THESE PHRASES USE A SIMPLE PENTATONIC SCALE BECAUSE THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO GET THESE RHYTHMS PRECISE WHEN STARTING OUT WITH ALTERNATE PICKING.

Recommended listening:

“BELO HEROZONTE” JOHN MCLAUGHLIN THE TRANSLATORS

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John Mclaughlin “Belo” Acoustic alternate picking Jazz/Fusion Masterpiece!

“MUSIC SPOKEN HERE” JOHN MCLAUGHLIN THE TRANSLATORS

McLaughlin_Music_Spoken_Here

John Mclaughlin Acoustic Alternate Picking “Music Spoken Here” C.D. brilliant Compositions, Improvisations and Alternate Picking Guitar Technique.

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Metronome BASIC ideas #1

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The keys to start metronome practice on the first basic level.

1] Hear the first Beat of the bar

2] Hear the group of 4 notes [Tetrachords]

Western Classical tradition

SEIMIQUAVERS 16TH NOTES

Konokol

Konokol Counting 16th notes

Hear the difference between 8th notes and double timed 16th notes

8th Notes [Quavers]

16th Notes [Semiquavers] Same exercise but twice as fast [Double Timed]

Exercise to “Connect” 4 note [Tetrachord] Motifs. Hear the connection “On” the beat as you go from the first to the second bar.

16th note double timing metronome tetrachord connecting motifs exercise

How rhythms work against the metronome pulse.

Basic metronome Rhythmic groupings for understanding time development

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Messiaen Modes of limited Transposition

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Today we will look at Messiaen’s 4th mode and apply it to the guitar. [La technique de mon langage musical mode 4]

MODE 4 ONE OCTAVE [Messiaen]

Messiaen Mode 4 of limited transposition Scale

MESSIAEN MODE 4 CONCEPT 1[Improvisation]

Messiaen Mode 4 Music Lesson

MESSIAEN MODE 4 IMPROVISATION CONCEPT 2

Messiaen mode 4 Improvisation Concept 4
Messiaen Mode 4

MESSIAEN MODE 4 IMPROVISATION CONCEPT 3

Messiaen mode 4 Improvisation Concepts lessons
Messiaen Mode 4

MESSIAEN MODE 4 IMPROVISATION CONCEPT 4

Messiaen mode 4 Improvisation Concept 4
Messiaen Mode 4

MESSIAEN MODE 4 IMPROVISATION LINE DEVELOPMENT #1

4th Mode Messiaen improv jazz
Messiaen Mode 4 “La technique de mon langage musical”

Mode 4 Messiaen VARIATION:mode 4 messiaen jazz improvisation lickMode 4 Improvised line:

MODE 4 IMPROVISATION LINE DEVELOPMENT #2

Messiaen 4ths mode of limited transposition
Messiaen La technique de mon langage musical mode 4

VARIATION:

Messiaen Mode 4 Classicalimprovisation
Messiaen La technique de mon langage musical mode 4

LA TECHNIQUE DE MON LANGAGE MUSICAL “TECHNIQUES OF MY MUSICAL LANGUAGE” Messiaen’s TREATISE on composition and musical language.

 La technique de mon langage musical ("The Technique of my Musical Language")

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Quick John Mclaughlin Acoustic guitar jazz/fusion Lick#3

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This short lick incorporates John Mclaughlin’s main left hand fingerings that he employs when improvising jazz/fusion guitar lines. He ascends and descends using pentatonics, tetrachords, arpeggios and quartal groupings.

In this lick I employ strict alternate picking with the right hand for tight rhythmic 4 note [Tetrachord] groupings.

Tab/Music Notation

Jazz fusion guitar lick of John Mclaughlin alternate picking acoustic guitar technique
John Mclaughlin jazz fusion acoustic guitar lick

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Alternate Picking 2 Finger guitar Arpeggios lesson/concepts

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In this lesson we will look at alternate picking arpeggios with simple 2 finger concepts. When playing clean/acoustic jazz fusion or Indian style Raga Shakti lines the Rhythm is everything so arpeggios have to be picked correctly and in time.

The Tab/Notation and the video above gives all the info to get started now! Good Luck!

Exercise 1: Two finger arpeggio Ascending and Descending

2 Finger Guitar Alternate Picking Arpeggio.
2 Finger Guitar Alternate Picking Arpeggio

Exercise 2: Pentatonic Variation

Pentatonic Variation

Exercise 3: Minor 9 Variation

Exercise 4: Descending Simple two finger Arpeggio

Descending 2 finger arpeggio for alternate picking guitar

Exercise 5: Chord Pairs Ascending 2 finger Variation

Chord Pairs 2 Finger Guitar Alternate picking Arpeggio

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Picking “BACH” Guitar Lines #2

In the above video we look at a few useful ideas for picking Bach baroque lines with the guitar pick. Below these are presented in music notation and guitar tablature

Exercise 1. Bach guitar picking plectrum concept ascending.

guitar "Bach" ascending line lesson

Exercise 2. Bach guitar picking plectrum concept descending.

Bach guitar picking plectrum concept descending.

Exercise 3. Bach guitar picking plectrum melody/counterpoint “push/pull” rhythmic set-up.

Bach guitar picking plectrum melody how to

Exercise 4. Bach guitar picking plectrum melody/counterpoint “push/pull” rhythmic set-up, part 2

Pick Bach baroque guitar lines

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alternate picking 2 Finger guitar Arpeggios #2

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Alternate Picking guitar arpeggios #2. Right hand technique and rhythmic precision.

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Arpeggio 1

Arpeggio 2 Variation

Arpeggio 3 Pentatonic

Arpeggio 4 Variation

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