Guitar HARMONIC MINOR fingering for scales in jazz and world music improvisation

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Guitar HARMONIC MINOR fingering for scales in jazz and world music improvisation

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These exercises employ the A Harmonic Minor Scale. I use alternate picking guitar technique starting on a downstroke.

Exercise 1: Simple descending and ascending 2 finger harmonic minor scale. “Even” alternate picking pattern.

Guitar fingering for fluid scales for jazz and world music improvisation EVEN Alternate Picking

Exercise 2: Wide interval 3 finger to the simple 2 finger descending Harmonic Minor Scale

Guitar HARMONIC MINOR fingering for scales in jazz and world music improvisation

Exercise 3: Moving from a 3 finger piece of scale mid strings out to the first string with a simple 2 finger scale approach. Mixing 2 and 3 finger alternate picking.

Guitar fingering for fluid scales for jazz alternate picking and world music improvisation even patterns Harmonic Minor

Harmonic Minor Scale PART 2: JOHN MCLAUGHLIN GUITAR TECHNIQUE:

Exercise 4: John Mclaughlin scale guitar fingering technique. This method again employs strict alternate picking starting on a down stroke. John Mclaughlin’s guitar fingering is unique in that you can play at very fast tempo’s alternate picking due to the simple fingering and the way it repetitively crosses the guitar strings .

John Mclaughlin Harmonic Minor Alternate Picking Guitar Technique fingering lesson

Exercise 5: John Mclaughlin guitar fingering technique part 2:

John Mclaughlin Harmonic Minor Alternate Picking Guitar Technique fingering lesson

Excersie 6: 3 finger to simple 2 finger Harmonic Minor scale for alternate picking guitar technique starting on a down stroke.

Guitar fingering for fluid scales for jazz alternate picking and world music improvisation even patterns

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INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

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INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN ALTERNATE PICKING STYLE

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Moving on from our last lesson on simple 2 finger alternate picking guitar scales we will now look at applying it to “Raga-Esque”
improvisations. We will do this by using repeated notes to set up the fluid Raga like scales/motifs to hold time together in the beat cycle.

Both examples in this blog employ strict alternate picking guitar technique starting with a “Down” stroke.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

Below we can see the whole bar of repeated notes ready to set up the 2 finger scale.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

EXAMPLE 1: Indian Raga Guitar Alternate Picking with “Repeated” Notes employing simple 2 finger guitar pentatonic scales.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

Indian Raga 2 finger Alternate Picking Guitar “Extended line”.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

Another great and common concept in Indian Classical Music is to employ rhythmic groups of 5 notes.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

Lastly, we can employ a reduction effect by removing one beat at a time. This is, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

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2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2

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2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting for easy speed picking and improvising

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Moving on from our previous blog we will now extend and shift the fingering positions on the guitar fingerboard and extend our 2 finger scales. We will employ alternate picking staring on a down stroke.

Exercise: 1st Part

2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2 for easy improvising and speed

Exercise: 2nd Part

2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2 for easy improvising and speed

Full Exercise:

2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2 for easy improvising and speed

Now we will extend this by shifting the position even further.

2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2 for easy improvising and speed

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2 FINGER ALTERNATE PICKING GUITAR SCALES FOR FAST FLUID EASY PLAYING

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2 FINGER ALTERNATE PICKING GUITAR SCALES FOR FAST FLUID EASY PLAYING

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The exercise below details the simple 2 finger guitar alternate picking fingering for fast fluid scales. This makes scales easy to play and at the same time create long fluid guitar lines. This guitar alternate picking fingering is ideal for Shakti/Indian Raga style guitar playing and jazz improvisation where is it essential to be able to play through fast chord changes rhythmically.

2 FINGER ALTERNATE PICKING GUITAR SCALES FOR FAST FLUID EASY PLAYING. Shakti/Indian Raga and Jazz Improv guitar style

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MARKETING YOUR MUSIC ONLINE:THE TRUTH!

MARKETING YOUR MUSIC:THE TRUTH! How to Succeed in the modern music business: The Secret!
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For anyone lost in the Maze of despair and Bewilderment OF SUCCEEDING WITH MUSIC ONLINE!

The Story usually goes like this:

The hip online marketing music kid gave you some “Cool free tips”.

You, with gusto applied them and…..

Hey presto….Nothing!

Welcome to the real world of Internet Music Marketing!

Okay, stay with me because “The Secret” to all of this is actually quite simple and amazingly it is available to everyone!

But, to begin with you need to understand:

Generally there are five types of people who get successful on the internet, and here they are,

1] The naturally lucky person, the one out of a million who for some reason people just take a fancy to. This person seems to sail effortlessly in to every endevour and always comes out smelling of roses!

2] The Obsessive Entrepreneur Type that’s always investing in the next new strategy, chasing crazy gorilla marketing tactics and meditating on the mathematical averages from his/her obsessive analytics of algorhythms.

3] The Group of 3 who have a master craftsman in each department: The web designer, The content maker and the crafty marketeer. As a team they can penetrate the internet, because each person carries the load of their respective departments. This ensures consistency, hence, excellent results on a regular basic.

4] The Corporate Company/Band/Sport Star/Record Company, etc, with money to burn who are already globally established. They also pay for the best SEO and and have a ready made audience eager to pay.

LASTLY THOUGH, WE HAVE

5] The Persistent Bastard!……Yep, not a pleasant title but…This is Me! Persistent and proud, overdosing in blind faith. The obsessive who could’nt care a toffee or a fig about any of the above.

WHY?

Because the “Persistent Bastard” is OBSESSIVE! and my dear musicain friends this is the whole secret for most of us!

This is the only way we can ensure our musical success online. This is our Ace in the hole!

So, why don’t most musicians see this?

Because most musicians get burn out and just give up.

metaphorically speaking:

It’s like a boxing match. You get in the ring and your opponent beats several tons of poo out of you. You go back to your corner and think to yourself, “I don’t need this, this is pointlesss”. Then your corner man says,”Have another go, you’ve got another 3 million rounds yet”.

And you think, “3 million rounds, okay, that’s actually quite a lot of rounds, in that case, let’s go another round, it’s not over yet”. After a while you get acclimatised to the roll with the punches and get in some crafty shots of your own. Your self reliance and confidence grows and it gets a lot less daunting and a lot less lonely.

To Reiterate:

You are learning How to cope and What to do and How it works as you go along.

I will bullet point the above:

1]How to cope

2] What to do

3] How it works

Remember the old days:

Once upon a time you would spend hours writing a business plan, present it to a Bank Manager or a Money Lender or a Rich Family Member. Finally, get it off the ground and in most cases find a bricks and mortar space to house and the run the business.

But, now that’s all changed. On the internet you really do have to learn it all as you go along, becasue the websites, social media sites, apps and everything just changes constantly. What works great for marketing one day is hopeless the next.

Nothing ever stays still. A very good example of this is with my wordpress website. One day it was plain sailing and the next it had changed to the Gutenberg Blocks. Now, you could say, well, go back and use the classic editor, but that is of no use because sooner or later the classic editor will be switched off for good. This means that in order for me to carry on being a prolific blogger and web page builder I needed to re-learn it NOW!

I will say it again: Nothing stays still on the internet.

It’s not the fittest that survive. It’s ones who can Adapt.

And to Adapt leads to PERSISTING or plain keep on going regardless!

But, where does this persistence really lead?

Well, Sooner or later something will Hit or as they say go Viral.

In my early days with my blog/website I had very little traffic…Until that is….

One day out of the blue I struck Pay dirt, Oil, Gold or whatever you want to call it. I started to get 1,250+ people a day. Now, to most bloggers that’s a small number, but for a single musician with a jazz/20 Century Classical/Modern Music Theory website that’s self contained that’s pretty good going.

And, believe me I tasted victory! Because I knew from that monent on that I can do it. I also realized how this whole thing works and why my peers failed.

Persistent content uploading=KEY!

The more content you upload the better you get at making it….and….. the Algorithms get to know who YOU are, and what YOU’RE all about!

ALSO:

The more you upload the better and quicker you get at making ”Sellable products” down the line!

Oh, and don’t forget your Evergreens….

Conclusion

I have written this post out of a sort of sadness and sincerity after seeing so many gifted musicians who would have succeeded [or at least tried] in the old days just cave in.

Your success is literally in your own hands. All you need to do is keep posting great content and keep doing it . You will find avenues galore as you keep going. It is in the keeping going that you find new ways of promoting your material and getting fans and buyers to your website, youtube channel, online store and social links etc.

IN SUMMATION:

The power is in your hands dear musicians. Don’t listen to to the negatives. Put out your content consistently and go! Over time you will build and grow as your content/channel/website etc grows. Just do it and keep going, sooner or later it will start to give back! Good Luck!

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how to play through “giant steps” easy guitar fingering method for beginners

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This blog deals with very simple guitar fingering for playing through “Giant Steps” chord changes. Everything that I employ in this lesson consists of very simple guitar fingerings that most “Rock Guitar Players” or “Beginners of Jazz/Fusion Guitar” styles will already know or be aware of. For instance the A minor Pentatonic scale/shape.

THE RHYTHMIC SIDE OF THINGS:

For a beginner it is essential to count time whilst playing 8th note lines through the changes.

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and

This way you will know where you are in the bar and what chord you are playing over.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

To begin with I use the B major pentatonic scale. Next, I employ a simple 2 finger pentatonic scale over D7 and GMaj7. I then play the second part of it [same fingering] up a semitone and land on the note D for the EbMaj7 chord, counting 1 2 3 4 in preparation for the next chord.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

For the first three chords I play what could be called “A Dorian Pentatonic”. But, I am not really thinking in that way. [I am just adding the F# note for the 3rd of D7]. This in turn creates a very simple and “Fluid” guitar fingering that is very common to most guitar players and hence easy to do.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

On the F#7 chord I play an F#7 arpeggio that then resolves into an Eb minor arpeggio for the BMaj7 chord.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

For then next part I again employ a simple Pentatonic to get through the first three chords. This Bb minor leaning works well though because over the Bb7 chord it gives us the “Blue note”. Finally we use our A Dorian Pentatonic again to resolve to GMaj7 for our last three chords.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

Here I just use C#m pentatonic and F# Pentatonic to land on the D# to nail the change to the BMaj7 chord. Very simple and very common guitar fingering.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

For the last part of this I employ an Fm9 arpeggio and a C minor pentatonic scale that then goes up a semitone and repeats our C#m7 F#7 to Bmaj7 phrase. But, this time we land on an F# for the 5th of BMaj7.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners
How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

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Stockhausen composing improvising guitar alternate time signatures “Rhythms”

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Stockhausen composing improvising guitar lesson musical concepts

The first part of this Stockhausen guitar concept: 5/4 and 3/8 Rhythms

Stockhausen guitar composing improvising lesson concepts

The Second Stockhausen Guitar Part: Back to 5/4 Rhythm and “Atonal Intervals”

Stockhausen guitar composing improvising lesson concepts

The Third Part: 12/8 Rhythm

Stockhausen composing improvising guitar muslesson concepts

The Fourth Part: 7/8 Rhythm to 4/4 for Chordal Ending

Stockhausen composing improvising guitar lesson musical concepts

The Fifth and Final Part of this Stockhausen Guitar Line: 4/4 Chords Accented:

Stockhausen composing improvising guitar lesson musical concepts

Full Stockhausen Guitar Notation and Tablature for Guitar Concepts:

Stockhausen composing improvising guitar lesson musical concepts:Stockhausen Guitar Notation and Tablature for Guitar Concepts:

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“target tones” for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios [jazz improvisation]

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PART 1:

Moving on from our last look at simple alternate picking 1 and 2 finger arpeggio superimpositions, we will now add “Target Tones”.

They are commonly used on the up-beat as we can see in the example below.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

To begin with we will take a basic E major 7th Arpeggio and add our simple 1 and 2 finger alternate picking fingering method.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Next we will add the target tones and use them to introduce the arpeggio.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Now we will go back to our Lydian chord and extend/superimpose that with an arpeggio. But, first, here is the F maj7#11 Lydian Chord.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation: Lydian Chord FMaj7#11

Here is our simple 1 and 2 finger arpeggio that is alternate picked starting on a downstroke.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Now we will take our arpeggio and employ target tones to set it up a musical phrase.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Now we will extend our superimposition. We will take the Lydian #11 a step further by implying “Chord Pairs”.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

We will now decorate this superimposed Lydian #11 arpeggio with chromatic target tones.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

PART 2:

QUICK DESCENDING SUPERIMPOSITIONS:

Here is a descending idea. This uses Em7 [or Cmaj9] and ends on the tonic note F

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Here is another idea that employs Em7 and Bm7b5 fused together.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

PART 3:

STARTING AND CREATING A NEW PHRASE WITH TARGET TONES:

The great thing with target tones is that you can finish the arpeggio and start another colourful chromatic phrase with them as demonstrated below.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Target Tones 2nd Phrase part: [These create a good rhythmic, chromatic and professional jazz improvised line and sound].

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

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Pat Metheny Style Backing Track and Chord Chart

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Pat Metheny Style Backing Track and Chart [120 BPM] for Improvisation Practice

Here is the Pat Metheny Chord Chart to the Backing Track in the Video Above. It is at 120 BPM. [The first four bars are only an intro to the main tune].

Pat Metheny Style Backing Track and Chord Chart for pop jazz improvisation

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“Countdown” Coltrane backing track and chord chart.

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“Countdown” Coltrane backing track and chord chart.

John Coltrane “Countdown” Chord Chart for Backing Track in the Video Above. This is at 150 Bpm.

“Countdown” Coltrane backing track and chord chart for jazz improvisation practice. 150 Bpm

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COUNTDOWN Coltrane Play along backing track and chart for jazz improvisation practice

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“Giant steps” Coltrane Play along backing track and chart

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“Giant steps” Coltrane Play along backing track and chart for jazz improvisation practice

The Backing/Play along track music for this “Giant Steps” chord chart is in the youtube video above. The track is at 150 Beats per minute in basic jazz trio style.

“Giant Steps” Coltrane chart for jazz improvisation practice for all musical instruments.

“Giant steps” Coltrane Play along backing track and chart for jazz improvisation practice

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Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

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We will start with an Amaj7#11 Lydian Chord

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

Now we will connect 3rds with simple 2 finger and 1 finger fretting. We in turn create a superimposed arpeggio that is very easy to alternate pick with speed and precision.

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

Descending, we will land on either the G# [Maj7] or the F# [13th]

Example 1

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

Example 2

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

We can apply apply the same principles to minor keys. Here we will start with Dm7. Notice the Minor 3rds in the fretting hand fingering employing fingers 1 and 3.

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2
Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

We can now make it much more interesting by making it Dminor with the added Major7 [or D melodic minor] by mixing the major and minor 3rd intervals with our simple 2 finger fingering.

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2
Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2
Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

Longer descending extension with an added minor 9th.

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

Now let’s look at Gmaj#11

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

We will now use our simple 3rds connecting superimposition technique and create an arpeggio ideal for alternate picking over this chord.

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

We will now take this further by sharpening the 5th and flattening the 9th with our simple fingering.

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

This creates a beautiful Lydian chord with a sharpened 5th and adds colour and moves onwards to a sense of musical freshness.

Alternate Picking Arpeggios guitar technique and Modal superimpositions part 2

This is just a taste of what is available with superimposition in regards to major and minor 3rds that are readily available on the guitar fingerboard. The possibilities are there for the taking and with a creative imagination and ear many interesting and advanced combo’s can be had.

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“Naima” Play along Coltrane track and Chord chart/melody notation

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Backing Track Version Track 1

“Naima” Play along Coltrane track and chart/music notation

Backing Track Version Track 2

“Naima” Play along Coltrane track and chord chart/music notation

Here is the melody/chord chart for John Coltrane’s “Naima”. The Backing track [in the video above] has a Fusion/Smooth Jazz esque flavour and is at 85 Bpm.

“Naima” Play along Coltrane track and chart/music notation

Here is the chart for jazz improvisation practice. The John Coltrane “Naima” backing track is above in the video. [85 Bpm]

“Naima” Play along Coltrane track and chart/music notation

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Miles Davis 80’s Funk Jazz Track and Chart for Jazz improvisation Practice. [Fusion]

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Miles Davis 80’s Funk Jazz Backing Track and Chart for Jazz improvisation Practice. Fusion Jazz

The backing track for this Miles Davis 80’s funk jazz fusion composition is in the video above.

Here is the chord chart consisting of 16 Bars.

95 Bpm

Miles Davis 80’s Funk Jazz Backing Track and Chart for Jazz improvisation Practice

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Miles Davis “Tune Up” Backing Track and Chord Chart for jazz improvisation

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Miles Davis “Tune Up” Backing Track and Chord Chart for jazz improvisation practice

Jazz chord chart for “Tune Up” by Miles Davis: 200 Bpm for jazz improvisation practice. Backing Track above in Youtube Video

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Glarry GTL Semi Hollow Guitar Review/Demo

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Glarry GTL Semi Hollow Guitar Review/Demo

The “Glarry GTL Semi Hollow” guitar is a budget guitar aimed at beginners. It is also good for anyone interested in guitar “Modding” [Modifying]. It can be a hit or miss affair though as the Glarry shop is an online retailers and hence the guitars can’t be tried out as in a physical shop.

That being said, I actually had lots of fun playing my Glarry guitar. The action was low and great to play, although, I did have two strings the 1st and the 5th that had fret buzz.

After I had heightened the action slightly [On these two strings] the guitar played pretty well. The pickups are not the best but they seem to work well. The machine heads are basic but work. The body is really nice though and made of a very light bass wood that has been hollowed out with an “F Hole”‘

Glarry GTL Semi Hollow Guitar Review/Demo

The neck is made of maple but completely unvarnished. This creates a satin like feel [But will get dirty over time]. There was also a blemish on the neck joint. The fingerboard was really nice and flat with 22 frets laid in very well with no noticeable sharp bits protruding out.

Glarry GTL Semi Hollow Guitar Review/Demo

There is a return policy as listed below.

Most products on Glarry are returnable as long as you return all original packaging, paperwork and parts in new and unused condition.
You can return them for free only when there is manufacturing defects or Glarry’s mistakes.
If you need to return the item, please contact Customer service ask for returned address or a prepaid return shipping label(RL). Please note there is a time limit: in 30 days since you receive the product.
Email:       cs@glarrymusic.com

Address:   Shipping Dept. 200 Docks Corner Road, Suite 221 Dayton, NJ 08810

Return Procedure

1. Contact the customer service supporter of Glarry, explaining why you want to return the products.( Provide us with related videos or photos if you think it is an unsatisfactory product.)
2. Our customer service supporter will send RL to your email.
3. Print the RL out and send back the original package within 30 days. Otherwise the RL will become invalid.
4. Glarry would process the refund in 2 days. It may take 5-7 business days for you to receive the refund from the bank.

When we will process the refund

1. We would refund you in 2 days if the products haven’t been shipped out; if the products are already on the transportation, we won’t begin to refund until we receive and examine the returned products.

2. All refunds will be returned to the same credit card which is used to pay the order or the Paypal account.

How much we will refund

1. We will fully refund when there is quality problem or mistakes caused by us such as ship the wrong product,damage, etc. 
2. We will only return 80% if you return it for personal reasons such as you chose the wrong prouct, you don’t need the product any more, you find the case is not suitable for your guitar etc.
3.The order can be cancelled for free if it hasn’t been shipped.

Below situations will charge shipping fee for returning and resending:
1. You cancel the order when the package has been shipped.
2. You refuse to receive the package when it arrives other than the reason that the package is seriously damaged during shipment.

Warranty Policies

1. Most of our products’ insurances are undertaken by our manufacturers in case there should be defects in materials or workmanship. So the longevity of warranty period varies among different products.

2. In 180 days when you receive the product, the manufacturer is responsible for its insurance. During this period, the manufacturer’s warranty policies and procedures take effect.

3. If you find the product has manufacturing defects, feel free to contact us. We will assist you to claim compensation from the manufacturer.

IN CONCLUSION:

Buying a guitar especially a beginners guitar at a bargain price online is always going to be a hit or miss affair. My review is for the guitar that I received which [Apart from a cosmetic detail and 2 strings buzzing] was a pretty good guitar.

The important thing is to read the returns policy thoroughly before buying. That way you should be okay if the guitar arrives with any serious defaults.

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Sight Reading Guitar Music PART 2: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists:

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Sight Reading Guitar Music: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 2

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In this 2nd part of sight reading made easier at the guitar we will employ octaves. This will reinforce our familiarity with the notes in the 5th position, frets 1 to 8. This way we can assure ourselves that our fingers will know where to go when seeing the notes on music manuscript paper. This is essential so that we can just fret the notes without having to look at the finger board and decide which finger to use.

Example 1: C to C octave. Close your eyes and visualise this as you pretend to finger those notes on the guitar fretboard:

Feel the 4th finger to the 1st finger

Sight Reading Guitar Music: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 2

Now do the same, but, see it in music notation: C to C octave, Feel the fingering as if you are actually touching the guitar strings and say the names of the notes to yourself.

4th finger to the 1st finger

Sight Reading Guitar Music: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 2

As you do this you will familiarise your mind, fingers and sight with where to fret.

Now let’s do the same with the other simple octaves from the A minor pentatonic scale.

4th finger to the 1st finger

Sight Reading Guitar Music: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 2

NOW: 3rd finger to 1st finger

Sight Reading Guitar Music: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 2

3rd finger to 1st finger

Sight Reading Guitar Music: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 2

The octaves in 5th position. Frets 1 to 8

Sight Reading Guitar Music: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 2

The octaves give concrete knowledge of the notes in this 5th position and which fingers to use. This way we can read the music and not panic or fuss about looking for the notes or which fingers to employ. For example when we see a note of D

Sight Reading Guitar Music: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 2

We can be assured that all we need to do is fret with the “First finger” on the 5th fret of the 5th string.

Or up an octave=”3rd finger ” 4th string 7th fret

Sight Reading Guitar Music: Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 2

In the next part we will look at 4ths, 5ths and arpeggio shapes in this position.

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Alternate Picking Arpeggios Guitar [One note per string]John Mclaughlin

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Please watch video the for the John Mclaughlin fingering etc. I start all of these arpeggios on a down stroke with strict alternate picking for rhythmic precision. I am counting in 16ths 1 e and a etc. Most of the arpeggios are one note per string.

Example 1: John Mclaughlin D major 7th arpeggio.

John Mclaughlin D major 7th Alternate Picking Arpeggios Guitar [One note per string]

Example 2: Adding Lydian [and 9th and 13th] to John Mclaughlin’s D Major 7th alternate picking arpeggio

John Mclaughlin Alternate Picking Arpeggios Guitar [One note per string]

Example 3: Starting Arpeggio with Pentatonic John Mclaughlin style

Alternate Picking Arpeggios Guitar John Mclaughlin [One note per string]

Example 4: Pentatonic to Lydian John Mclaughlin guitar style

Alternate Picking Arpeggios John Mclaughlin Guitar [One note per string]

Example 5: Descending Arpeggio with simple John Mclaughlin fingering counting 1 e and a etc.

John Mclaughlin Alternate Picking Arpeggios Guitar [One note per string]

Example 6: Extension

Alternate Picking Arpeggios Guitar [One note per string]

Example 7: Variation

Alternate Picking Arpeggios Guitar [One note per string]

Example 8: Simple fingering descending concept.

Alternate Picking Arpeggios Guitar [One note per string]

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Alternate Picking 16th’s Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style.

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Alternate Picking 16hts Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

In this final part of alternate picking guitar techniques for jazz fusion improvisation. We again look at the style of John Mclaughlin in order to play through the changes with 4 groups of 4, or 4 tetrachords per bar.

Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Alternate picking tetrachords all start on a downstroke.

Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

First 4 note grouping[1st Tetrachord]:

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Second 4 note grouping [2 Tetrachords]

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Third 4 note grouping of 16ths alternate picking [3 Tetrachords]

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16hts Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Finally, 4 groups of 4 [or 4 Tetrachords].

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

We can now apply this to playing through complex chord changes at a fast tempo. In the example below we will take John Coltrane’s “Countdown” and play one chord per beat as an example for setting up these 4 x 4 note groupings [Tetrachords]for quick rapid improvisation at a super fast tempo.

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Simple 4 note tetrachord pattern for reference:

Alternate Picking 16hts Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

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Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

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Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

In this blog we will look at improvising over one chord. This will be D minor [D Dorian].

Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

The key is to use chromaticism, tertian harmony, superimposition and outside harmonic content in order to create interesting improvised lines and move away from the cliches of scales and modes to create originality.

For example:

Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

The key for smoothness is to be aware of where the 1/2 steps [Semitones]are in the “Connections”.

If we look below we can see where the 1/2 steps connect and how to play off of the tonic note with this. In this case we play off of the tonic D note resolving straight into the Eb note for Eb melodic minor. We can then resolve down a half step to C#m and back down into D Dorian

Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts
Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation
Chromatic jazz improvisation Brecker, Mclaughlin and creative Fripp improvising concepts

So as you can see it is easy to weave in and out of the harmony and get back to D Dorian via the 1/2 step.

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

Below is a line that beautifully weaves in and out of D minor

Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

In this next example we will use tertian harmony and exploit superimposition. We will employ D melodic minor and and keep extending via C melodic minor.

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

Now we will extend the whole line:

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

As another idea, there are still useful concepts like “Target Tones”. These can be manipulated without resorting to cliches.

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

Lastly we will exploit the use flat 5 concepts. In this case there is an Abmaj7/D and a Cmaj7/F# with which we can be creative.

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

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Blue in Green Jazz fusion Backing track and Chart

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Blue in Green Jazz fusion Backing track and Chart [Miles Davis/BillEvans

Improvisation chart for Blue in Green by Miles Davis and Bill Evans. Backing track is 63 beats per minute and in a jazz fusion smooth style.

Blue in Green Jazz fusion Backing track and Chart [Miles Davis/BillEvans

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Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

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Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

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Many guitar players find learning sight reading at the guitar laborious, boring and intolerable! The reason being that many guitar players don’t have a grasp of the notes on the fingerboard.

But, many wish to go to music school or do studio work or tour with famous artists. The need to sight read music suddenly becomes very apparent and essential in order to reach the required standard.

The question is always the same. Is there something that I am already familiar with that will help me speed up the process?

Luckily the answer is a big resounding YES!

The one thing most guitar players do know very well is the A minor pentatonic scale. This gives you many of the notes of the 5th position. Not only that but you will know the fingering like the back of your hand.

Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

The next thing is to move away from the actual guitar and see, hear and feel the notes in your mind and see the notes on the guitar fingerboard and how the look in music notation.

Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

For instance how to does the note A on the 1st string 5th fret look,

Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

How does the note C on the 1st string 8th fret look in music notation

Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

When visualising also “Feel” it in your fingertips and your whole hand,

Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

Now “Fill in” all the rest of the notes in 5th position from frets 5 to 8.

Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

Now visualise them by moving up or down in semitones going across all the 6 strings from the 5th position frets 5 to 8.

For Instance: 1st string=C B B flat A. 2nd string= G F sharp F natural E etc as we see in the notation below.

Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

Now apply this to all six string of the guitar.

Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

One more thing to realise is that the notes on the 1st string are the same as the notes on the 6th string but in a different octave. This in turn cuts down the amount of notes you need to learn.

Guitar Sight Reading : Faster way for frustrated Guitarists: Part 1

This is just part 1 of this method, but it is a simple way to get started because you will already have a firm grasp of this scale and position on the guitar. Once you fill it out with the rest of the notes you will start to see patterns, arpeggios, 4ths and one 3rd [Guitar’s Tuning] and most obviously and importantly octaves as they will connect the other positions for you as you progress.

As you become aware of all of this sight reading at the guitar doesn’t seem so daunting and it all starts to make a lot more sens.

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Tadd Dameron turnaround Tritone Cycle all 12 keys Jazz improvisation chart practice track

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Tadd Dameron Turnaround “Tritone Cycle” in all 12 keys Jazz improvisation backwards 5ths [Moving in the cycle of 4ths] practice chart and track.

Major 7ths: 140 BPM

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Alternate Picking jazz fusionGuitar “Nailing the changes” 7’s into 4+3

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To begin with we will use our group of 5 notes starting with an up stroke [from our previous video] alternate picking and add 2 extra notes to make our group of 7.

John Mclaughlin 5+2 Alternate Picking Guitar Rhythms

Next rather, than count 7 we will break the group of 7 up into semiquavers [16ths] making a group of 4+3 and a rest.

John Mclaughlin 5+2 Alternate Picking Guitar Rhythms

We will now make logical musical phrasing with 16ths and add notation. Counting 1 e and a 2 e and [Rest]starting with an “Upstroke” alternate picking.

Alternate Picking jazz fusionGuitar “Nailing the changes” 7’s into 4+3

If we look at the chord bar below we will see that the chord changes are 1 chord per beat. Harmonically this is moving at a very fast rate.

John Mclaughlin 5+2 Alternate Picking Guitar Rhythms

Now, we will apply two groups of 7’s broken up into 16ths so that we can play rhythmically through this ambiguous set of chord changes.

Alternate Picking jazz fusionGuitar “Nailing the changes” 7’s into 4+3

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Coltrane changes to blues chart and track and analysis

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Just a quick blog today, But a great one with a great backing track for improvisers!

This starts as a common blues, but it adds interest by employing “Coltrane Changes” to the last 4 bars. A great compositional device that adds extra interest to a blues. It’s also a cool improvisational concept for the improviser whilst adding colour as a turnaround.

Coltrane changes to blues chart and track and analysis

Coltrane Chord chart analysis: Notice the C7alt [Alt Dom] for the Fm7 as the Coltrane changes set-up!

Coltrane changes to blues chart and track and analysis

Finally, here is the 12 Bar “Coltrane Blues” Chord Chart for jazz improvisation: 140 Bpm.

140 BPM

Coltrane changes to blues chart and track and analysis for improvisation

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Long ii V Coltrane Changes in “ALL 12 KEYS” Moving in fourths backing track and chord chart

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Long ii V Coltrane Changes [110 Beats Per Minute]

CHART: [All 12 keys] Moving in Fourths

Long ii V Coltrane Changes moving in fourths in all 12 keys BACKING TRACK AND CHART

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Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

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Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

In this post we will go one further than the last post. This time we will take a group of six [Sextuplets] and make a tetrachord and a half from it.

This will make 4+ 2 which will make us nail the changes with 4 notes on the first chord and 2 notes on the second chord with a short rest to reset our fretting hand to repeat the pattern again on the next two chords.

Alternate picking exercise warm up in Sextuplets/Triplets

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

Why do this?

Because the groups of six are quite easy to play on the guitar and there a heaps of variations on each pattern. They flow easily and can be alternate picked rhythmically to create musical phrasing.

The first pattern for playing through the changes in Sextuplets

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

The first pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

The second part of the chord sequence in sextuplets

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

The second pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

Finally, the full one bar alternate picking chord sequence nailing the changes

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

VARIATION:

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

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Alternate Picking “Nailing the changes” GuitarJazz/Fusion

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This simple “Rhythmic Unit” of a group of 5 notes can be broken up into sub divisions to give clarity when nailing the changes when alternate picking at a very fast tempo of 180 BPM Plus at the guitar when improvising.

Although we might view and hear this as alternate picking and plucking a group of 5 on the guitar like the example below,

Alternate Picking 5’s John Mclaughlin 180 bpm jazz improv “Nailing the Changes”

The Group of 5 now becomes one “Tetrachord” and the 5th note becomes the first note of the next chord [Dbmaj9]. This way the changes are “Nailed” by the rhythmic subdivision.

Alternate Picking 5’s John Mclaughlin 180 bpm jazz improv “Nailing the Changes”

So, as we can see the “Ta Ka Di Me Thom” or 1 2 3 4 5

Alternate Picking Fives Rhythmic Subdivision

Becomes, “1 e and a” ” 2″

For anybody having problems with their alternate picking at fast tempos whilst nailing the changes this will really help you because you will automatically land on the first note of the next chord.

There are many more rhythms that are employed like 6’s, 7’s and 2×4 groupings. But I will go into these in another blog. In the meantime her are a few examples from John Mclaughlin himself phrasing by employing 5’s.

John Mclaughlin 5’s alternate picking rhythmic subdivision
John Mclaughlin 5’s alternate picking rhythmic subdivision
John Mclaughlin 5’s alternate picking rhythmic subdivision

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12 Tone Tri-Chord Guitar Improvisation Composition Technique SECRET

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12 Tone Row [Hexachords]

12 TONE ROW Hexachords SCHOENBERG /HAUER GUITAR IMPROVISING-COMPOSITION

12 Tone Row “Retrograde”

12 TONE ROW SCHOENBERG /HAUER GUITAR IMPROVISING COMPOSITION

12 Tone Row “Inversion”

12 TONE ROW SCHOENBERG /HAUER GUITAR INVERSION

“Retrograde Inversion” 12 Tone Row

12 TONE ROW SCHOENBERG /HAUER GUITAR Retrograde Inversion

Building “Tri-Chords” from the first Tone Row [and carry on with all four 12 tone row bars]

12 Tone Row “Tri-Chords” method for 12 tone harmony and dynamic chordal sounds

Tri-chord outline chord tones

12 tone row tri chord tone outline

Tri-chord extension from 12 tone row

12 tone row tri chord extension

Tri-chord outline number 2

12 tone row tri chord outline

Tri-chord extension from 12 tone row [Number 2]

12 tone row tri chord extension

Combining Tri-Chords

Tri-Chord Combinations

Tri-Chords combination number 2

Tri-chord 12 tone row combinations

12 tone row as “Tetrachords” [4 note groupings]

12 tone row as “Tetrachords”

12 tone row employing triplet figure

12 tone row using triplets as the rhythmic unit for improvisation and composition
All four bars of 12 tone row development in Hexachords

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Robert Fripp Contrapuntal guitar plectrum technique

More Mirroring contrapuntal effect of Robert Fripp and Messiaen by employing the 6th mode from the 7 modes of limited transposition [“Revisited” from previous blog]

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Fripp/Messiaen similarities for guitar picking contrapuntal effect 6th mode

Below is the Music Notation and Guitar Tablature for Fripp/Messiaen 6th mode contrapuntal guitar crafted plectrum technique effect.

Fripp/Messiaen similarities for guitar picking contrapuntal effect 6th mode

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Visiting HENDRIX AND HANDEL’S HOUSE 25 BROOK STREET LONDON

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Inside the House/Flats of Hendrix and Handel

Hendrix Handel House 25 Brook Street Mayfair London
Hendrix Handel House 25 Brook Street Mayfair London

Moving from one flat into the other we have the wonderful Handel residence!

Hendrix Handel House 25 Brook Street Mayfair London
Hendrix Handel House 25 Brook Street Mayfair London

The two flats side by side

Hendrix Handel House 25 Brook Street Mayfair London

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Robert Fripp Cross Picking Guitar craft Technique Lesson

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All of the Picking Patterns consist of “Down Down Up” with the guitar plectrum. Below you will see this basic pattern in a repeated loop.

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

In the next exercise we will move this basic “Down Down Up” Cross Picking guitar pattern along the fingerboard

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

Next, we can employ Augmented and Diminished triads in triplets which is a very King Crimson Frippesque 70’s guitar sound/technique.

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

We will now cross pick with the plectrum and employ an “Open string” concept.

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

Now, we will develop this open string cross picking with a variation exercise

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

This last pattern doesn’t employ any open string play but is useful in regards to the string crossing movement.

Robert Fripp Cross picking “Down Down Up” Guitar Technique Lesson

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Minor ii V7 I ALL 12 Keys chart and Backing Jam Track

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Minor ii V I ALL 12 Keys Backing Jam Track

Here is the chart for “Minor ii V7 I in ALL 12 Keys” for improvising and practicing to Backing Jam Track



Chart for “Minor ii V7 I in ALL 12 Keys” for improvising and practicing





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Stockhausen Guitar Music Improvisation/compostion Concepts

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These are a few concepts taken from the compositional thinking of composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.

The first idea is a 5/4 Vamp. This employs alternate picking starting on an upstroke.

Karlheinz Stockhausen Guitar Music 5/4 Vamp

The next idea is to employ an atonal line in triplets moving from the “Bass strings to Treble strings”

Karlheinz Stockhausen Guitar Music triplet atonal line Bass to Treble Strings

The next ideas are a variation of the beginning vamp but they employ semitones as the answer effect.

Karlheinz Stockhausen Guitar Music answer effect
Karlheinz Stockhausen Guitar Music answer effect

Lastly we employ our old friend the atonal triplet figure again:

Karlheinz Stockhausen Guitar Music triplet atonal line

This are just a few basic ideas from Stockhausen which light up the road for creative guitar thinking.

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cycle of 4ths backing jam track and chart [Cycle of downwards 5ths].

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cycle of 4ths backing jam track and chart [Cycle of downwards 5ths]

Today is just a short blog but a very useful one in regards to improvisation because the cycle of 4ths crops up all over the place especially in standards.

Cycle of 4ths backing jam track and chart [Downwards 5ths] Chord Chart. [All major keys].

cycle of 4ths backing jam track and chart [Cycle of downwards 5ths]

If you look at the diagram below you will see the cycle of 5ths moving clockwise and the cycle of 4ths moving anti clockwise.

Cycle of 5ths and Cycle of 4ths

FOR MORE INFO

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Fripp, Mclaughlin, Messiaen,Stockhausen,Schoenberg jazz guitar improvisation lines

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Modern jazz fusion chromatic improvisation licks, Brecker, Liebman, Mclaughlin and Fripp etc

Lick lines from modern jazz fusion improvisation guitar:

LINE 1

Guitar Licks ONLY from Modern chromatic jazz/fusion improv

LINE 2

Target Tones Chromatic Jazz improvisation Modern approach

LINE 3

Chromatic Jazz improvisation Modern approach

LINE 4

Melodic Minor Chromatic Jazz improvisation Modern approach

LINE 5

Melodic Minor Chromatic Jazz improvisation Modern approach

LINE 6

Flat 5 Modern jazz improvisation chromatic example

As requested, I have made a video and blog page with guitar lines only;

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I Vi ii V7 I in all 12 keys backing track and chord chart

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I Vi ii V7 I in all 12 keys backing jam track

I Vi ii V7 I in all 12 keys chord chart and Backing Track Jazz

Jazz “Chord Chart” for improvisation practice: 120 Bpm I Vi ii V7 I in all 12 keys

I Vi ii V7 I in all 12 keys chord chart and Backing Track Jazz
I Vi ii V7 I in all 12 keys chord chart and Backing Track Jazz

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John Mclaughlin Jazz Fusion Chromatic guitar Lick

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John Mclaughlin Chromatic Guitar Jazz Fusion Licks Lesson

This blog takes a brief look at John Mclaughlin’s use of Chromaticism in regards to Jazz Fusion Guitar lines. The 2 licks are also from a video I did on Dave Liebman. They both share the same concepts. The licks are riffs doubled up with piano

John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick 1 -Employ strict alternate picking starting on a “Downstroke”

John Mclaughlin Chromatic Guitar Licks Lesson

John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick 2 -Again, employ strict alternate picking starting on a “Downstroke”

John Mclaughlin Chromatic Guitar Licks Lesson

The key is to pick each 4 note grouping [Tetrachord] in time with your foot tapping the 1/4 note.

So you have:

“1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a”

This will give you a smooth alternate picking sound and hold time with the piano [or doubling instrument].

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How to Read Music rhythms and apply to notation PART 2

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It’s a good idea to watch the video before or along with this blog as it will emphasise many of the key points in this blog.

In the notation diagram below you will see the Whole note called the “Semibreve” this is worth four beats or four 1/4 notes.

How to read music

We will now cut this in half and have two “Minims” or two half notes per semibreve.

How to read music

Now we will have four 1/4 notes called “Crotchets” per Semibreve

How to Read Music

The next rhythmic division is the 1/8th note called a “Quaver”

How to Read Music

They are more commonly grouped and counted like this

How to Read Music

The doubling of the 1/8th note gives us the 16th note called a “Semiquaver”

How to Read Music

Semiquavers [16ths] are more commonly seen and counted like this

How to Read Music
How to Read Music

Lastly we will add “Triplets” to our Basic Rhythms. These are 3 notes played over one 1/4 note beat

How to Read Music

More commonly counted as:

How to Read Music

When setting out to write down music we apply a “Time Signature” in order to acknowledge how many beats there are per bar.

How to Read Music

Here we have “Three” 1/4 note beats per bar

How to Rea Music

Now we have ‘Six Eighth” notes per bar displayed by the 6/8 time signature

How to Read Music

Now let’s apply this to the Scale that we learnt in the previous blog/video “How to read music part 1”

How to Read Music

SYNCOPATION: Syncopated Common Rhythms

Some rhythms are tied as we see below: This makes them syncopated as we start “On” the beat and then accent the “Off-beat”.

How to Read Music

The above rhythm is more commonly written like this:

How to Read Music

SYNCOPATED RHYTHM NUMBER 2:

The other very common syncopated rhythm is this:

How to Read Music

Again, notice the tied notes. This means that the 2nd “On” beat is not played but the “And” Off-Beat is played. It is more commonly written like this:

How to Read Music

Now let’s apply these two common syncopated rhythms to our “Triads” from our previous blog/video lesson on how to read music

The first Rhythm with triad melody:

How to Read Music

The second Rhythm with triad melody:

How to Read Music

Okay, that’s the end of part 2 on “How to Read Music Rhythms and Notation”.

If you found this useful then it is a good idea to look at “How to Read Music” part 1 Blog and Video.[ Also, the Video is on Youtube and it covers the Scale/Triads notation].

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ii V7 I in ALL 12 KEYS jazz improvising Jam/Backing Track.

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Below is the ii V7 I cadences, chord chart for jazz/fusion improvisation practice in “All 12 Keys”

ii V7 I in ALL 12 KEYS jazz improvisation chart

Here is another variation to practice the ii V7 I’s in all 12 keys for improvisation practice.

Notice the two changes from the predictable pattern when playing through the chart.

ii V7 I in ALL 12 KEYS jazz improvisation chart

Backing Track for this ii V7 I chart in the video below

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How to Read Music.Part 1 Treble Clef Notes

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In this blog we will take a look at how to read the music lines and spaces of the treble clef.

In order to identify the notes on the 5 staff Lines we must first decide on an clef. In this case this will be the Treble Clef

The “TREBLE CLEF”

Now we can look/identify the names of the notes on the 5 lines of the treble clef.

How to read Music/Learning to read music Notation

Next, we will look at the notes in the 4 spaces of the staff lines: F A C E

How to read Music/Learning to read music Notation

If we look at the notation below we will see the C major scale and the names of the different degrees of the scale in order.

How to read Music/Learning to read music Notation

We can now add thirds to the scale notes and notate the “Triads” of the C major scale

How to read Music/Learning to read music Notation

Although we will look at this in another video/blog we can clearly see the time signature. This is 4/4, meaning that there are 4 Quarter note beats to the bar.

How to Read Music/Learn to read music

One last thing to take into consideration is Key Signature. Again we will look at these in detail in the next video, but it is a good idea to be aware of them. They move in the cycle of 5ths. So a fifth up from C major is G major. This has an F# as the key signature. This means that every F note in the key is sharpened. Unless of course there is an natural sign.

Learn to read music/How to read music

So the key signature is for us to acknowledge that specific notes will be sharpened or flattened as we play our way through the music.

This is just the basics and beginnings for learning to notate, create and read the treble clef.

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SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META-meets 12 tone and polychords

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THE 23RD CHORD-The LARGEST CHORD IN MUSIC!

SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META-meets 12 tone and polychords

Going forward with our Jacob Collier SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META blogs/pages it is a good idea to look at other relevant concepts within the ideal of extension. In this blog we will look at how 12 tone, 23rd chords, tertian harmony and polytonality play a fascinating part.

We will start with the #15 Arpeggio [Superimposition as used by Lennie Tristano]. Below you will see this in action with a Cma7 and a Dmaj7 arpeggio combined. This creates a sharpened 15th [or Augmented 15th arpeggio].

SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META-meets 12 tone and polychords

Below, you will see the full extension of this with a full 23rd chord [The largest chord in music]. This can be viewed as polytonal, polychordal, 12 tone row, or “Tertian” harmony as a full 23rd chord.

SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META-meets 12 tone and polychords

All 12 notes of the chromatic scale are used, so, the following occurs [in this case in 3rds as Tertian harmony]

1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23

In terms of improvisation it can be easier on the guitar to break up 4×3 semiquaver tetrachord lines into two HEXATONIC [2×6] lines as shown below.

SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META-meets 12 tone and polychords

Below we have the employment of triplets and the commonly used 4 note groupings of tetrachords.

SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META-meets 12 tone and polychords

Below is an example of employing the jazz improvisation concept of “Chord Pairs”

SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META-meets 12 tone and polychords chord pairs

For more info click this link: https://jazzimproviser.com/23rd-chord-for-guitar-lesson-12-tone-rows-schoenberg-jazz-fusion-lessons/

SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META-meets 12 tone and polychords

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Alternate Picking John Mclaughlin guitar jazz fusion Lick Lesson

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Alternate Picking Jazz Fusion John Mclaughlin guitar Lick Lesson

The video above is a quick fire John Mclaughlin jazz fusion guitar lick. The lick employs strict alternate picking starting on a downstroke.

John Mclaughlin Jazz/Fusion Lick Tab/Notation

Alternate Picking John Mclaughlin guitar jazz fusion Lick Lesson

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Contrapuntal Atonal Guitar string skipping intervallic Concept

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Contrapuntal Atonal Guitar Mirror Concept

Today we will look at a concept that I have been asked about a lot recently. This is a contrapuntal string skipping intervallic “Mirroring” technique. It is intervallic by design and employs a Bachian Atonal “Question and answer” effect between the “Bass and Treble” with wide intervals. The string skipping inherent within this works especially well for atonal music, awkward intervals and polytonal scales.

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Atonal string skipping guitar “Mirroring”
Atonal string skipping guitar “Mirroring”

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Atonal string skipping guitar “Mirroring” device

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Atonal string skipping guitar “Mirroring”

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Creating the Dorian Mode Flavour

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dorian mode

The key to improvising is to do something creative with the melody. To recompose it or to broaden it out or to instinctively develop the harmony. Most people take to the modes though with a compulsion to play “Carte Blanche” scale over a chord ad nauseam.

In this Blog/Vlog we will look at some ideas for bringing out the actual flavour of the most talked about mode of them all the “Dorian Mode”.

Most people look at the dorian mode as being a scale of C major starting on the note D. But here is how it works.

ANSWER=D is one tone up from C for D Dorian, so C is one tone up from Bb for C Dorian.

C DORIAN MODE [D Dorian as people learn it]

Below we see the difference between C minor and C dorian. C minor has the semitone between the 6th and 5th whereas C Dorian has a tone between the 5th and 6th notes. Dorian Raises the 6th note up a semitone. Without the raised 6th note C would just sound minor and not dorian, so bringing out this 6th note [as it will be in a melody to imply that we are in the dorian mode] is essential to creating actual music and phrasing and not just playing a scale over a chord.

C DORIAN MODE and C Minor

In order to bring out that A natural note in C dorian an easy way is to employ an arpeggio like Bb major 7th. This is very useful, melodic and can be played in 4 note groupings.

Bb major 7th for C dorian Mode Improvising

Next we can employ some basic chord pairs.

C minor 7 and F major

Dorian Mode triad pairs

F major and Eb major

Dorian Mode triad pairs

Now we can broaden out on this with C minor and D minor

Dorian Mode Example of bringing out the flavour/sound

Bb and G minor

Dorian mode example for improvising arpeggios

We can also employ pentatonics to bring out the flavour [melody] of a tune.

Dorian Mode pentatonics example

Another example =Short pentatonic scale that ends/resolves with the A natural note [Raised 6th] and played in 4 note cells [Tetrachords]

Dorian Mode pentatonics example

Finally it’s a good idea to look at the arpeggios available that line up one after the other.

Dorian Mode Arpeggios

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Dave Liebman: Chromatic approach to jazz harmony and melody: Licks/Ideas.

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Dave Liebman Chromatic approach to jazz harmony and melody

Here are some more chromatic ideas from the Dave Liebman approach

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Chromatic approach to jazz harmony and melody

Idea 2

Dave Liebman Chromatic approach to jazz harmony and melody

Idea 3

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 4

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 5

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 6

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 7

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

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Goal Setting for Musicians: Writing down your goals!

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The key to rapid learning and reaping the rewards of quality progress for musicians is to set “Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Goals”.

The next most important step is to write these goals down. If you do this then you will enact them and get into the habit of enacting them with greater and greater clarity. It will also instill a natural discipline, inspirational outpouring and perseverance.

These are the books that I use, but any creative goal setting book will do because the days weeks and month are already laid out for you, all you have to do is fill it in with your objectives.

Goal setting for Musicians
Goal setting for Musicians

If you follow this then you will rise through the levels. Talent only takes you so far. For musical development discipline and hard work account for everything. Goal setting will take you there on pleasant terms and give you back that which you craved for at the outset.

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Messiaen Mode 6 Lesson/analysis/how to use it

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Messiaen mode 6 as used for this presentation.

Messiaen mode 6 notation and guitar tab
Messiaen mode 6 with six transpositions

Messiaen’s 6th mode is great for manipulating “Diminished” and “Augmented” intervals.

Messiaen mode 6 notation and guitar tab

Mode 6 allows for this to be sequenced easily

Messiaen mode 6 Diminished and Augmented Sequences

Below is a descending Augmented sequence

Messiaen mode 6 Augmented descending sequence

For common sequences: The Augmented sequences move in tones whilst the Diminished sequences move in minor 3rds.

Although, Diminished intervals can move in semitones and tones. For Example:

Messiaen Mode 6 Diminished intervals in Semitones

Messiaen 6th mode

Getting back to our common sequences we can see below the brilliance of diminished intervals moving in minor 3rds with the employment of the simple triplet figure.

Messiaen mode 6 Diminished sequence

More examples of mixing up the Augmented and Diminished ideas to avoid the cliches and develop something fresh sounding

Messiaen mode 6 diminished and augmented mix
Messiaen mode 6 diminished and augmented mix

We can also make interesting intervallic motifs from the notes of the Messiaen mode 6

Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds
Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds
Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds
Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds
Messiaen mode 6 intervallic sounds

Finally, we can employ a contrapuntal counterpoint “Mirror” compositional device to really manipulate this brilliant 6th mode of Messiaen.

Messiaen mode 6 Contrapuntal Mirror Compositional device

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