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.
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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.
Exercise 2: Wide interval 3 finger to the simple 2 finger descending Harmonic Minor Scale
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.
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 .
Exercise 5: John Mclaughlin guitar fingering technique part 2:
Excersie 6: 3 finger to simple 2 finger Harmonic Minor scale for alternate picking guitar technique starting on a down stroke.
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.
Below we can see the whole bar of repeated notes ready to set up the 2 finger scale.
EXAMPLE 1: Indian Raga Guitar Alternate Picking with “Repeated” Notes employing simple 2 finger guitar pentatonic scales.
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
Exercise: 2nd Part
Now we will extend this by shifting the position even further.
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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.