Please watch video above for a more detailed analysis:
Here is another Alternate Picking John Mclaughlin jazz/fusion guitar lick. This is based on a variation of a 2 5 1 with F/Eb substituted for Dm7 going to G7#5b9 to CMaj7.
As you can see above the first part employs the C melodic minor scale whilst the second part employs the C Harmonic minor scale.
The only odd note being a Bb [Not of C Harmonic minor scale] for colour and because the B natural has already been heard.
The lick starts on a downstroke for strict alternate picking.
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2 thoughts on “John McLaughlin guitar 2 5 1 Variation Lick Lesson”
Thank you!!! Love your insights on McLaughlin licks and all the others of course…. Any chance you could add the the chords to your discussion… finger placement!!…… your videos in my view are the best I’ve seen… huge fan of John McLaughlin
Thx Stan E.
Hi Stan, Thanks! Sorry, I was in a rush to get this video up on youtube to try to catch the Algorithm and keep my youtube hours rising so I cut out quite a lot of explanation from the video. It’s the problem with trying to edit videos to a schedule. But, I will make sure that I put in the chords explanation and the finger placement explanation in future videos.