John Mclaughlin and AL DI MEOLA’S [the Guitar Trio] STYLE with the plectrum requires strict ALTERNATE PICKING. the solo lines are picked with extreme quickness. You need to be able to PICK straight into the rhythmic flow of the improvised line. The patterns below detail some of the best and most important alternate picking patterns for mastery of this style
Line 1-“16ths” Alternate Picking starting on a “Down” stroke
Line 2- Extended version of the previous line above, again starting on a “Down” stroke
Line 3-Groups of “4” with strict Alternate Picking but this time starting with an “Upstroke” creating a “Rolling” effect as the plectrum glides across the strings.
KEY POINT FOR GUITAR TRIO PERFORMANCE!
The most essential concept is to count time to the various “Rhythmic Groupings” e,g 4’s 6’s etc. Make sure that you “Tap your foot” as you count time. Counting time will make you play what you actually hear from the tight rhythms. It is essential to performing this type of guitar trio music. You will also need to be in time in order to be in Sync with the other guitarists on riffs/vamps etc.
PART 2: GUITAR TRIO: VARIATIONS ON SEXTUPLETS/TRIPLETS