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.
PLEASE WATCH VIDEO ABOVE FOR COMPLETE EXPLANATION/DEMONSTRATION
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.