How to Create “SHAKTI” John Mclaughlin Indian/Western Guitar Lines

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How to Create “SHAKTI” John Mclaughlin Indian/Western Guitar Lines

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Hi Guys,

Today we will look at how to develop “Shakti” John McLaughlin-esqe Indian raga lines with alternate picking guitar technique.

To begin with we will take this Scale as our Raga Base: [This starts on a “Down” stroke for alternate picking]:

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This base is a sort of Lydian sound with the tonic note as F and the B natural as the #11

In this first example we will employ arpeggios to create a chord pair effect:

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Here is the full line: Notice how we go from a “Western” concept of chord pairing to a more non diatonic scalic raga answering phrase

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The next concept exploits repetition: This is common in raga’s and is very good when alternate picking to get the tempo and rhythmic groove into your right hand picking so that the following phrase will be rhythmical!

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Here is the full Phrase:

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We can now add slurs and slides: “On” the beat:

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“Off” the beat:

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Full line/phrase with “Slide”:

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Another useful concept is to repeat the semitones in the scale and create a phrase/lick:

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PENTATONIC POWER!

The most common thing found in creating “Raga’s” from a western point of view is the employment of pentatonic scales. In this example we will build up a pentatonic line:

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This time we will start on the 6th guitar string: Notice, the 4 note groupings of 16 notes [Tetrachords]

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INTERVALS:

In the next example we will start a phrase with the interval of a 4th and a bit of repetition. Again, this is useful in order to set the tempo and prepare the fretting hand fingers to get in position to play a fast phrase rhythmically.

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Here is another example:

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GROUPS OF 5:

Groups of 5 notes create “Odd” patterns when alternate picking. But, 2 groups of 5 will go back to an even pattern, meaning that you will be starting on a down stroke again and back to familiar alternate picking territory.

This exercise works easily because the second group of 5 starts on an upstroke on the first string:

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GROUPS OF SIX [Sextuplets]:

It’s a good idea to barre a chord or an interval group [if possible] when playing 6’s [Sextuplets] as they will be very fast when picking and you will need to be in control of the rhythm. It’s also a good idea to repeat any notes or phrases that are at hand :

Example:

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Classic John mcLaughlin Improvisation Tool:

This next concept uses an arpeggio and 4ths. This crops up in lots of Johns improvisations:

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One last concept is that of quoting another melody, phrase, or famous lick into the Raga. Here we will use the old jazz favourite as a reference:

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Notice how this weaves back into the Raga:

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Finally, in order to create your own raga it’s a good idea to take a form:

In this case we could take a 16 beat cycle and times it by 4 to create a 16 Bar Structure:

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Notice the turn around in bar 16: At this point everyone will know where they are in the composition/raga so it can start back to the beginning and repeat itself for improvisation:

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ERIC JOHNSON GUITAR LESSON: HOW HE USES PENTATONICS [MINOR]

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Eric Johnson Modern Pentatonics part 2. The Minor Pentatonic scale. The Subject of this Blog

HOW ERIC JOHNSON MAKES CREATIVE USE OF THE MINOR PENTATONIC SCALE

In this 2nd part we will look at 2 examples that display how Eric Johnson takes the “Minor Pentatonic” from a worn out cliche and turns it into a unique musical tour de force of originality.

This 1st example is quite demanding to play but it demonstrates the power of manipulating the intervals to create a unique sound and style. [Notice that the interval of the 7th crops up a lot along with 6ths and 3rds].

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Eric Johnson Modern Pentatonics for guitar part 2. The Minor Pentatonic scale. An intervallic approach!

The 2nd example is a bit more straight forward, but, because Eric Johnson manipulates the interval of a perfect 4th he creates a fresh modern sound. Also notice that there are arpeggios. These arpeggios create melodic content to the example and draw the listeners ear into the music.

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Eric Johnson Modern Pentatonics guitar part 2. The Minor Pentatonic scale. 4ths and 7ths intervals concept

Although this is only a short lesson there is plenty to take from these two examples because they contain the key to unlocking an original approach to the most basic and most used thing in guitar the minor pentatonic scale. The way that Eric Johnson exploits the intervals in this scale is a real eye opener, oh, and a real ear opener!

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