2 Short Bebop Jazz Guitar Lines [Breakdown]

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Bebop jazz Lick/line No1

Bebop Jazz guitar Line

Notice the off-beat set up and triplet figure that pushes the line along. This is a typical bebop phrasing technique. These simple little rhythmic figures are very common but give good command to jazz bebop phrasing.

Bebop off-beat and triplet figure for good rhythmical jazz phrasing

Jazz bebop line/lick No2

Jazz guitar Bebop Line

Notice the 8th note and the two 16th notes that propel the line along for a great swinging feel.

Bebop Jazz line

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Major Modal Guitar Ideas

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Modal Major Scale ideas for guitar video

F major 7th idea

Modal superimposition idea from the major modes

2 Modal Extension Ideas

Modal extension ideas of the major modes

Arpeggio line descending from the Major modes

Modal Descending Arpeggio line

Ascending Modal idea

Major Modal Ascending Idea

Pentatonic Simple Guitar fingering idea

Modal Guitar Pentatonic Idea

F Major 7th Ascending Arpeggio Idea

F Major 7th Modal Arpeggio Idea

MODES OF THE MAJOR SCALE DIAGRAM: With Transpositions in C

Modes of the major scale diagram
Modes of the major scale diagram

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John Mclaughlin Guitar Scale Concept:

John Mclaughlin Guitar Scale/Concept for left hand fingering and right hand alternate picking

Notice that the scale concept consists of crossing the strings with the “SAME” fingering every time making it easy to remember and play.

John Mclaughlin Guitar Scale alternate picking

Notation and Tab:

Start on a “Down” stroke with the plectrum and alternate pick strictly “Down up Down up” etc.

Alternate Picking John Mclaughlin Guitar Scale Concept

This fingering for the fretting guitar hand is a repetitive pattern. It’s the same pattern crossing the strings with the same finger ascending and descending. It employs strict alternate picking with the plectrum. It is a concept that John Mclaughlin employs a lot in various forms. It is heard in it’s bare form a lot in the early “Shakti” recordings/live performances.

Although this is just a short lesson, there is wealth of information in that simple scale and fingering. It can easily be employed with fourths and chromaticism.

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John Mclaughlin “QUICK” Lick #1

Today we will take a look at a John Mclaughlin jazz fusion acoustic guitar lick in the style of the “Belo Herozonte” C.D/LP.

It consists of a “Pentatonic scale” and an “Arpeggio” fingering.

John Mclaughlin Quick Lick #1

alternate picking John Mclaughlin guitar lesson
“Belo Herozonte” John Mclaughlin style guitar lick #1

Notice the 2 finger Pentatonic ascending shape and the Arpeggio Descending shape

Shakti John Mclaughlin guitar lick lesson
“Pentatonic” 2 finger guitar shape and “Arpeggio” shape

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Modes of the Major Scale and transposition blog

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What is a mode?

A mode is an “inversion” of a scale:

For instance if you start a scale on the 2nd note of the C major scale you will be playing “D dorian mode”.

THEN WHY DO PEOPLE FIND IT CONFUSING?

That is because of “transposition”.

For instance:

We can transpose that “Dorian mode of D” to any tonic we desire.

In the example below it is transposed to C as the tonic. 

How did I do this?

Well if the note D [Tonic of D dorian] is two 1/2 steps up from C then what is the note C two 1/2 steps up from? 
Answer is B flat. 
So we have a B flat scale staring on the note C.

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Below is a Clear explanation and diagram in music notation. Or for my free modes ebook CLICK HERE

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Why are the modes useful for the guitar player?

The modes [in this case of the major scale] open up the guitar fingerboard and it becomes easier and easier to connect arpeggios,
phrases, quartal, pentatonic and melodic lines together and create
smooth transitions across the guitar fingerboard.

The first example below consists of connecting the arpeggios contained within the modes. Here we have f major 7 to Dminor 7 to B Minor 7 flat 5 to F major to E minor 7 and finishing with B minor 7 flat 5 [or G9 depending on the bass note]. The Modal connections are smooth and open up the guitar fingerboard easily!

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Below you will see how easy it is to connect together arpeggios and then create triad pairs from them.

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Modal Arpeggios Lesson Example

Again, more arpeggio connections from the major modes

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Modal Arpeggio connections

Below, a mix of arpeggios and triad pairs from the modes

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Modal Triad Pairs/Arpeggios

QUARTAL HARMONY. JOHN COLTRANE 4THS DEVELOPED FROM THE DORIAN MODE. THIS IS HOW YOU GAET THAT JAZZY SOUND!

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Modal Quatrtal Chord Lesson/Example

D Minor to E minor

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Modal Quartal Chords Example

Simple quartal dorian mode jazz/fusion vamp

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Modal Quartal Chord Vamp Example/Lesson

Below is a simple pentatonic line from the major mode to play over a dominant G 7 chord

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Finally an extended F major 9 extended line from the major mode

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Music Modes of the Major Scale Lesson/Example

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