“target tones” for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios [jazz improvisation]

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PART 1:

Moving on from our last look at simple alternate picking 1 and 2 finger arpeggio superimpositions, we will now add “Target Tones”.

They are commonly used on the up-beat as we can see in the example below.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

To begin with we will take a basic E major 7th Arpeggio and add our simple 1 and 2 finger alternate picking fingering method.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Next we will add the target tones and use them to introduce the arpeggio.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Now we will go back to our Lydian chord and extend/superimpose that with an arpeggio. But, first, here is the F maj7#11 Lydian Chord.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation: Lydian Chord FMaj7#11

Here is our simple 1 and 2 finger arpeggio that is alternate picked starting on a downstroke.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Now we will take our arpeggio and employ target tones to set it up a musical phrase.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Now we will extend our superimposition. We will take the Lydian #11 a step further by implying “Chord Pairs”.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

We will now decorate this superimposed Lydian #11 arpeggio with chromatic target tones.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

PART 2:

QUICK DESCENDING SUPERIMPOSITIONS:

Here is a descending idea. This uses Em7 [or Cmaj9] and ends on the tonic note F

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Here is another idea that employs Em7 and Bm7b5 fused together.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

PART 3:

STARTING AND CREATING A NEW PHRASE WITH TARGET TONES:

The great thing with target tones is that you can finish the arpeggio and start another colourful chromatic phrase with them as demonstrated below.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Target Tones 2nd Phrase part: [These create a good rhythmic, chromatic and professional jazz improvised line and sound].

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

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