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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