John Mclaughlin Jazz Fusion Chromatic guitar Lick

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John Mclaughlin Chromatic Guitar 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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