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

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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

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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

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

NOW: 3rd finger to 1st finger

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

3rd finger to 1st finger

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

The octaves in 5th position. Frets 1 to 8

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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

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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

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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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