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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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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MARKETING YOUR MUSIC ONLINE:THE TRUTH!

MARKETING YOUR MUSIC:THE TRUTH! How to Succeed in the modern music business: The Secret!
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For anyone lost in the Maze of despair and Bewilderment OF SUCCEEDING WITH MUSIC ONLINE!

The Story usually goes like this:

The hip online marketing music kid gave you some “Cool free tips”.

You, with gusto applied them and…..

Hey presto….Nothing!

Welcome to the real world of Internet Music Marketing!

Okay, stay with me because “The Secret” to all of this is actually quite simple and amazingly it is available to everyone!

But, to begin with you need to understand:

Generally there are five types of people who get successful on the internet, and here they are,

1] The naturally lucky person, the one out of a million who for some reason people just take a fancy to. This person seems to sail effortlessly in to every endevour and always comes out smelling of roses!

2] The Obsessive Entrepreneur Type that’s always investing in the next new strategy, chasing crazy gorilla marketing tactics and meditating on the mathematical averages from his/her obsessive analytics of algorhythms.

3] The Group of 3 who have a master craftsman in each department: The web designer, The content maker and the crafty marketeer. As a team they can penetrate the internet, because each person carries the load of their respective departments. This ensures consistency, hence, excellent results on a regular basic.

4] The Corporate Company/Band/Sport Star/Record Company, etc, with money to burn who are already globally established. They also pay for the best SEO and and have a ready made audience eager to pay.

LASTLY THOUGH, WE HAVE

5] The Persistent Bastard!……Yep, not a pleasant title but…This is Me! Persistent and proud, overdosing in blind faith. The obsessive who could’nt care a toffee or a fig about any of the above.

WHY?

Because the “Persistent Bastard” is OBSESSIVE! and my dear musicain friends this is the whole secret for most of us!

This is the only way we can ensure our musical success online. This is our Ace in the hole!

So, why don’t most musicians see this?

Because most musicians get burn out and just give up.

metaphorically speaking:

It’s like a boxing match. You get in the ring and your opponent beats several tons of poo out of you. You go back to your corner and think to yourself, “I don’t need this, this is pointlesss”. Then your corner man says,”Have another go, you’ve got another 3 million rounds yet”.

And you think, “3 million rounds, okay, that’s actually quite a lot of rounds, in that case, let’s go another round, it’s not over yet”. After a while you get acclimatised to the roll with the punches and get in some crafty shots of your own. Your self reliance and confidence grows and it gets a lot less daunting and a lot less lonely.

To Reiterate:

You are learning How to cope and What to do and How it works as you go along.

I will bullet point the above:

1]How to cope

2] What to do

3] How it works

Remember the old days:

Once upon a time you would spend hours writing a business plan, present it to a Bank Manager or a Money Lender or a Rich Family Member. Finally, get it off the ground and in most cases find a bricks and mortar space to house and the run the business.

But, now that’s all changed. On the internet you really do have to learn it all as you go along, becasue the websites, social media sites, apps and everything just changes constantly. What works great for marketing one day is hopeless the next.

Nothing ever stays still. A very good example of this is with my wordpress website. One day it was plain sailing and the next it had changed to the Gutenberg Blocks. Now, you could say, well, go back and use the classic editor, but that is of no use because sooner or later the classic editor will be switched off for good. This means that in order for me to carry on being a prolific blogger and web page builder I needed to re-learn it NOW!

I will say it again: Nothing stays still on the internet.

It’s not the fittest that survive. It’s ones who can Adapt.

And to Adapt leads to PERSISTING or plain keep on going regardless!

But, where does this persistence really lead?

Well, Sooner or later something will Hit or as they say go Viral.

In my early days with my blog/website I had very little traffic…Until that is….

One day out of the blue I struck Pay dirt, Oil, Gold or whatever you want to call it. I started to get 1,250+ people a day. Now, to most bloggers that’s a small number, but for a single musician with a jazz/20 Century Classical/Modern Music Theory website that’s self contained that’s pretty good going.

And, believe me I tasted victory! Because I knew from that monent on that I can do it. I also realized how this whole thing works and why my peers failed.

Persistent content uploading=KEY!

The more content you upload the better you get at making it….and….. the Algorithms get to know who YOU are, and what YOU’RE all about!

ALSO:

The more you upload the better and quicker you get at making ”Sellable products” down the line!

Oh, and don’t forget your Evergreens….

Conclusion

I have written this post out of a sort of sadness and sincerity after seeing so many gifted musicians who would have succeeded [or at least tried] in the old days just cave in.

Your success is literally in your own hands. All you need to do is keep posting great content and keep doing it . You will find avenues galore as you keep going. It is in the keeping going that you find new ways of promoting your material and getting fans and buyers to your website, youtube channel, online store and social links etc.

IN SUMMATION:

The power is in your hands dear musicians. Don’t listen to to the negatives. Put out your content consistently and go! Over time you will build and grow as your content/channel/website etc grows. Just do it and keep going, sooner or later it will start to give back! Good Luck!

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how to play through “giant steps” easy guitar fingering method for beginners

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This blog deals with very simple guitar fingering for playing through “Giant Steps” chord changes. Everything that I employ in this lesson consists of very simple guitar fingerings that most “Rock Guitar Players” or “Beginners of Jazz/Fusion Guitar” styles will already know or be aware of. For instance the A minor Pentatonic scale/shape.

THE RHYTHMIC SIDE OF THINGS:

For a beginner it is essential to count time whilst playing 8th note lines through the changes.

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and

This way you will know where you are in the bar and what chord you are playing over.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

To begin with I use the B major pentatonic scale. Next, I employ a simple 2 finger pentatonic scale over D7 and GMaj7. I then play the second part of it [same fingering] up a semitone and land on the note D for the EbMaj7 chord, counting 1 2 3 4 in preparation for the next chord.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

For the first three chords I play what could be called “A Dorian Pentatonic”. But, I am not really thinking in that way. [I am just adding the F# note for the 3rd of D7]. This in turn creates a very simple and “Fluid” guitar fingering that is very common to most guitar players and hence easy to do.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

On the F#7 chord I play an F#7 arpeggio that then resolves into an Eb minor arpeggio for the BMaj7 chord.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

For then next part I again employ a simple Pentatonic to get through the first three chords. This Bb minor leaning works well though because over the Bb7 chord it gives us the “Blue note”. Finally we use our A Dorian Pentatonic again to resolve to GMaj7 for our last three chords.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

Here I just use C#m pentatonic and F# Pentatonic to land on the D# to nail the change to the BMaj7 chord. Very simple and very common guitar fingering.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

For the last part of this I employ an Fm9 arpeggio and a C minor pentatonic scale that then goes up a semitone and repeats our C#m7 F#7 to Bmaj7 phrase. But, this time we land on an F# for the 5th of BMaj7.

How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners
How to play through “GIANT STEPS”-Easier Guitar Fingering Method for Beginners

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“target tones” for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios [jazz improvisation]

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PART 1:

Moving on from our last look at simple alternate picking 1 and 2 finger arpeggio superimpositions, we will now add “Target Tones”.

They are commonly used on the up-beat as we can see in the example below.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

To begin with we will take a basic E major 7th Arpeggio and add our simple 1 and 2 finger alternate picking fingering method.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Next we will add the target tones and use them to introduce the arpeggio.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Now we will go back to our Lydian chord and extend/superimpose that with an arpeggio. But, first, here is the F maj7#11 Lydian Chord.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation: Lydian Chord FMaj7#11

Here is our simple 1 and 2 finger arpeggio that is alternate picked starting on a downstroke.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Now we will take our arpeggio and employ target tones to set it up a musical phrase.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Now we will extend our superimposition. We will take the Lydian #11 a step further by implying “Chord Pairs”.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

We will now decorate this superimposed Lydian #11 arpeggio with chromatic target tones.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

PART 2:

QUICK DESCENDING SUPERIMPOSITIONS:

Here is a descending idea. This uses Em7 [or Cmaj9] and ends on the tonic note F

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Here is another idea that employs Em7 and Bm7b5 fused together.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

PART 3:

STARTING AND CREATING A NEW PHRASE WITH TARGET TONES:

The great thing with target tones is that you can finish the arpeggio and start another colourful chromatic phrase with them as demonstrated below.

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

Target Tones 2nd Phrase part: [These create a good rhythmic, chromatic and professional jazz improvised line and sound].

‘target tones’ for alternate picking superimposed arpeggios jazz improvisation

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