Shakti “Joy” Alternate Picking guitar raga exercise

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Shakti “Joy” Alternate Picking guitar Raga exercise: Harmonic Minor Groups of 7

PLEASE WATCH VIDEO ABOVE FOR DETAILED EXPLANATION:

This is an A Harmonic Minor group of of 7 notes in a repeated pattern:

Shakti, Joy, guitar, alternate picking, exercise, John Mclaughlin, tab, music, notation
Shakti “Joy” Alternate Picking guitar Raga exercise: Harmonic Minor Groups of 7

The key to this exercise is to first of all acknowledge the rest:

Shakti, Joy, guitar, alternate picking, exercise, John Mclaughlin, tab, music, notation
Shakti “Joy” Alternate Picking guitar Raga exercise: Harmonic Minor Groups of 7

This is essential in order to get the time: Once you have this it is essential to “Accent” the first note of each grouping.

Shakti, Joy, guitar, alternate picking, exercise, John Mclaughlin, tab, music, notation
Shakti “Joy” Alternate Picking guitar Raga exercise: Harmonic Minor Groups of 7

In order to get the rhythm tight you will need to accent the first note of the 2nd group louder.

Shakti, Joy, guitar, alternate picking, exercise, John Mclaughlin, tab, music, notation
Shakti “Joy” Alternate Picking guitar Raga exercise: Harmonic Minor Groups of 7

Here is the exercise for PDF Download:

Here is the Tab/Notation: Alternate Picking Ascending:

Shakti, Joy, guitar, alternate picking, exercise, John Mclaughlin, tab, harmonic minor, music, notation
Shakti “Joy” Alternate Picking guitar Raga exercise: Harmonic Minor Groups of 7

Alternate Picking Descending:

Shakti, Joy, guitar, alternate picking, exercise, John Mclaughlin, harmonic, minor, scale, tab, music, notation
Shakti “Joy” Alternate Picking guitar Raga exercise: Harmonic Minor Groups of 7

CLASSIC “SHAKTI” ALBUMS:

ABOUT “SKAKTI”: [Wiki]

Shakti were a fusion band formed by English guitarist John McLaughlin, Indian violin player L. Shankar, percussionists Zakir Hussain (on tabla) and T. H. “Vikku” Vinayakram (on Ghatam)[1] in 1974. The band played acoustic fusion music which combined Indian music with elements of jazz. The band’s Hindi name means, in English, “creative intelligence, beauty, and power.”[2]

In addition to fusing American and Indian music, Shakti also represented a fusion of the Hindustani and Carnatic music traditions, since Hussain is from the north region of India while the other Indian members are from the South.

The group came together in 1974, after the dissolution of the first incarnation of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and toured fairly extensively during the period 1975-1977; it made only sporadic appearances (with personnel changes) thereafter.

After 1977 the albums which L. Shankar recorded with Z. Hussain and T. H. “Vikku” Vinayakram stayed close to the music made popular by Shakti. Some twenty years later McLaughlin and Hussain put together another band with the same concept, called Remember Shakti, including V. Selvaganesh (son of T. H. “Vikku” Vinayakram ), mandolin player U. Shrinivas and eventually Shankar Mahadevan.

Two concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival (July 6, 1976 and July 8, 1977) are included among the 17 CDs of the box set Montreux Concerts by John McLaughlin.

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