John McLaughlin iii Vi ii V7 I Acoustic Jazz Guitar

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John McLaughlin iii Vi ii V7 I Jazz Guitar Line/Alternate Picking Exercise Lick

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Hi Guys,

This is a concept for creating longer alternate picking improvisation lines. What makes it more useful and more enjoyable is the fact that you can substitute the iii Vi ii V7 I chords.

EXAMPLE:

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There are lots of variations on this. For instance we could add Db7 or DbMaj7 in bar 5 and have it resolve down into a CMaj chord.

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Here is the first bar: Notice the use of 4ths and side stepping. The scale is A melodic minor based.

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Bar 2: Notice the use of chromatics which are originally set up like approach notes. These are easy to finger and alternate pick rhythmically.

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Bar 3: This is pentatonic based whilst highlighting the #11 note:

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Bar 4: This bar employs an Ab melodic minor leaning for the G altered sound:

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Final Bar: Notice that this bar resolves to a B natural for the CmMaj7 chord:

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Diminished 7th and minor 7 Flat 5 Melodic Harmonisation guitar shapes

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Diminished 7th and minor7Flat5 Melody Harmonisation shapes

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Today, we will further our approach with simple harmonisation of a melody.

Again, we will use two easy to remember guitar chord shapes: The minor7b5 and the diminished 7th.

But, first let’s look at a useful concept when the melody has 1 whole step to harmonise.

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Above, we can see how melodically this harmonisation falls easily into place.

This in turn is also a useful tool for sequences as it can be replicated:

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Another and more common voicing for the minor 7th chord [in this case Em7] is this voicing:

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From this shape it is also very easy to create a cadence:

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Another concept from this is to repeat the melody note in three different chord voicings.

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Now, lets look at a simple chord shape that’s easy to play and to remember on the 2nd string of the guitar.

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This is the minor 7 b5 shape which moves easily for melodies starting on the 2nd string: Let’s take this simple melody:

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Now, we will harmonise each note with the minor7b5 shape:

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Finally, we will mix all of this together by harmonising a simple D minor arpeggio.

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Here is a variation ending with a D minor 11 chord:

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Harmonising a simple melody with a “Diminished 7th” chord

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Harmonising a simple melody with a “Diminished 7th” chord

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Hi Guys,

Today we will harmonise a simple melody by employing the Diminished 7th chord [Shape]

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Here is our melody: A B C D E

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Here is our first basic Harmonisation:

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Here is a variation:

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This time we won’t harmonise every chord:

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Finally, we will add some contrary motion as an inflection to create interest and movement.

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[Variation]

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