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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Alternate Picking Guitar Technique Explained Part 2

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In this exercise we play the most common thing known to man on the guitar “The minor pentatonic” scale.

BUT, the key here is to play and “Count” “1 2 3 4 5 6” to get the “Rhythm” so that the picking and fretting hands can articulate the phrase musically in time and in synchronisation.

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Alternate Picking 6’s Articulation Guitar Exercise

This next exercise is a classic “Repetition” alternate picking exercise. Count “1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a” and play in a double timed tetrachord manner accenting the 1st note in each 4 note grouping

“Repetition” Alternate Picking Guitar Technique Exercise

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16 Beat Cycle “Teen Taal” Guitar Raga Lesson

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In this “Teen Taal” Harmonic minor scale Indian Raga lesson for guitar [Tabla/Tanpura/shruti] We will employ strict alternate picking starting on a”Down stroke”. Count time and keep the alternate picking rhythmical and tight as you tap your foot and count in groups of four 16th notes [Tetrachords] over the following below,

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

A HARMONIC MINOR 16 BEAT CYCLE “TIN TAL” [TEEN TAAL] RAGA NOTATION/TABLATURE.

Teen Taal Guitar Raga lesson 16 beat cycle
16 Beat cycle “Teen Taal” Indian Raga

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“Taal” Mclaughlin Guitar Indian Raga Shakti Lesson

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This “Teen Taal” 16 beat John Mclaughlin guitar tune employs alternate picking. This is a shakti guitar concept. This tune is based around the idea of a 16 beat cycle for guitar and Tabla, Shruti, Tanpura etc.

Below is the music notation and tablature lasting 4 bars. This makes a 16 beat cycle. From this we can make an Indian Raga tune nicely on our guitars!

Teen Taal Mclaughlin tabla; guitar 16 beat cycle lesson
16 Beat Cycle

 

keep the alternate picking rhythmical and count in groups of four 16th notes “1 e and a” [“Tetrachords”]. Or use the  Konokol rhythm system counting “Ta Ka Di Me”. Try to accent the first beat of each 4 note grouping as you alternate pick with the guitar plectrum.

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12 TONE CHORDS IN 4THS for jazz improvisation/composition

This concept is a quartal harmony idea using chords in 4ths to create a 12 tone line. It is presented here for guitar and piano moving in octaves.

Tetrachords in 4ths descending in major 3rds creating a 12 tone Piano example.

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Clifford Earle Martin · Piano 12 tone 4ths idea

Guitar “Tetrachords” in 4ths descending in major 3rds creating a 12 tone example.

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