POLYMODAL CHROMATICISM EXPLAINED:COMPOSITION/IMPROV CONCEPTs/MUSIC THEORY

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What is PolyModal Chromaticism?

PolyModal Chromaticism is the concept of employing 2 modes at once.

In the example below we can see that C Phrygian and C Lydian create a chromatic scale when joined together.

POLYMODAL CHROMATICISM EXPLAINED:COMPOSITION/IMPROVISATION CONCEPTS/music theory

But, on a much more interesting note we can join together other modes and create something special.

For example, C Dorian with C Lydian creates a 10 note scale.

POLYMODAL CHROMATICISM EXPLAINED:COMPOSITION/IMPROVISATION CONCEPTS/Music Theory

Below is the Pdf file of the two examples.

Here are the major modes with C as the Parent Key [or Root]: Try playing any two at once and try out different rhythms and dynamics like legato, staccato, etc. You will find all sorts of weird and wonderful combinations. You will discover rich colourful vibrant harmony and fresh original ideas with the modes in this way. It really is a cliche buster. This musical concept is excellent for orchestration, film composing, improvisation and concert hall composition as we find in the great works of the 20c classical composers like Ravel and Bartok.

POLYMODAL CHROMATICISM Music Theory EXPLAINED:COMPOSITION/IMPROVISATION CONCEPTS part 1

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Guitar HARMONIC MINOR fingering for scales in jazz and world music improvisation

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Guitar HARMONIC MINOR fingering for scales in jazz and world music improvisation

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These exercises employ the A Harmonic Minor Scale. I use alternate picking guitar technique starting on a downstroke.

Exercise 1: Simple descending and ascending 2 finger harmonic minor scale. “Even” alternate picking pattern.

Guitar fingering for fluid scales for jazz and world music improvisation EVEN Alternate Picking

Exercise 2: Wide interval 3 finger to the simple 2 finger descending Harmonic Minor Scale

Guitar HARMONIC MINOR fingering for scales in jazz and world music improvisation

Exercise 3: Moving from a 3 finger piece of scale mid strings out to the first string with a simple 2 finger scale approach. Mixing 2 and 3 finger alternate picking.

Guitar fingering for fluid scales for jazz alternate picking and world music improvisation even patterns Harmonic Minor

Harmonic Minor Scale PART 2: JOHN MCLAUGHLIN GUITAR TECHNIQUE:

Exercise 4: John Mclaughlin scale guitar fingering technique. This method again employs strict alternate picking starting on a down stroke. John Mclaughlin’s guitar fingering is unique in that you can play at very fast tempo’s alternate picking due to the simple fingering and the way it repetitively crosses the guitar strings .

John Mclaughlin Harmonic Minor Alternate Picking Guitar Technique fingering lesson

Exercise 5: John Mclaughlin guitar fingering technique part 2:

John Mclaughlin Harmonic Minor Alternate Picking Guitar Technique fingering lesson

Excersie 6: 3 finger to simple 2 finger Harmonic Minor scale for alternate picking guitar technique starting on a down stroke.

Guitar fingering for fluid scales for jazz alternate picking and world music improvisation even patterns

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INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

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INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN ALTERNATE PICKING STYLE

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Moving on from our last lesson on simple 2 finger alternate picking guitar scales we will now look at applying it to “Raga-Esque”
improvisations. We will do this by using repeated notes to set up the fluid Raga like scales/motifs to hold time together in the beat cycle.

Both examples in this blog employ strict alternate picking guitar technique starting with a “Down” stroke.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

Below we can see the whole bar of repeated notes ready to set up the 2 finger scale.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

EXAMPLE 1: Indian Raga Guitar Alternate Picking with “Repeated” Notes employing simple 2 finger guitar pentatonic scales.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

Indian Raga 2 finger Alternate Picking Guitar “Extended line”.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

Another great and common concept in Indian Classical Music is to employ rhythmic groups of 5 notes.

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

Lastly, we can employ a reduction effect by removing one beat at a time. This is, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

INDIAN GUITAR SCALES RAGA EASY 2 FINGER “SHAKTI” MCLAUGHLIN STYLE

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2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2

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2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting for easy speed picking and improvising

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Moving on from our previous blog we will now extend and shift the fingering positions on the guitar fingerboard and extend our 2 finger scales. We will employ alternate picking staring on a down stroke.

Exercise: 1st Part

2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2 for easy improvising and speed

Exercise: 2nd Part

2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2 for easy improvising and speed

Full Exercise:

2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2 for easy improvising and speed

Now we will extend this by shifting the position even further.

2 finger alternate picking scales guitar position shifting pt2 for easy improvising and speed

PDF 2 Finger alternate picking guitar scales

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2 FINGER ALTERNATE PICKING GUITAR SCALES FOR FAST FLUID EASY PLAYING

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2 FINGER ALTERNATE PICKING GUITAR SCALES FOR FAST FLUID EASY PLAYING

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The exercise below details the simple 2 finger guitar alternate picking fingering for fast fluid scales. This makes scales easy to play and at the same time create long fluid guitar lines. This guitar alternate picking fingering is ideal for Shakti/Indian Raga style guitar playing and jazz improvisation where is it essential to be able to play through fast chord changes rhythmically.

2 FINGER ALTERNATE PICKING GUITAR SCALES FOR FAST FLUID EASY PLAYING. Shakti/Indian Raga and Jazz Improv guitar style

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