Why Do I Do Alternate Picking?

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Shakti Indo Jazz fusion alternate picking guitar lick

The key to this Shakti guitar riff is to “Shift” the fretting hand positions whilst employing strict alternate picking with the plectrum in the right hand as can be found in the guitar style of John Mclaughlin.

This is a great exercise for right hand picking technique by alternating with the plectrum starting on a “downstroke” whilst synchronising the left hand with the position shifts on the guitar fingerboard.

 

 

Shakti alternate picking hand position shifting guitar lick in TAB/Notation

shakti John Mclaughlin guitar alternate picking lesson

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John Mclaughlin Jazz/Fusion Improvisation Guitar Line

A short line from jazz fusion pioneer and guitar great john mclaughlin

John Mclaughlin Jazz fusion guitar improvisation tab and music notation

John Mclaughlin Improvisation guitar lick
John Mclaughlin Alt Dom jazz fusion guitar lick/line

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Alternate Picking John Mclaughlin style guitar lesson in 4/4

QUICK ALTERNATE PICKING LICK LESSON.

Simple pattern and repeated fingering in the style of “Belo Herozonte” and “Music spoken here” by John Mclaughlin. Like the 3/4 pattern in our last alternate picking lesson this borrows the same fingering but it is in 4/4.

 

TAB/MUSIC

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John Mclaughlin Jazz Fusion Line Breakdown

There are two parts to this. The second lesson is a variation. The dominant chord in this 2 5 1 is altered.

This creates a nice way to create flow with the fingering when alternate picking in the style of John Mclaughlin. As you play through the Notation/Tab [below] this will become apparent very quickly.

 

John Mclaughlin guitar lesson finishing with a D flat Triad for G7 alt

 

John Mclaughlin Jazz Improvisation guitar lesson jazzimproviser

LINE BREAKDOWN: Breaking down the line into 4 note cells [Tetrachords]

TETRACHORD 1

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TETRACHORD 2

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TETRACHORD 3

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TETRACHORD 4

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TETRACHORD 5

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TETRACHORD 6

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TETRACHORD 7

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TETRACHORD 8

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VARIATION of the John Mclaughlin jazz fusion improvisation guitar lesson finishing with an E flat Triad for the G7 alt

John Mclaughlin Jazz Improvisation guitar lesson. Altered scales

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