John Mclaughlin “QUICK” Lick #1

Today we will take a look at a John Mclaughlin jazz fusion acoustic guitar lick in the style of the “Belo Herozonte” C.D/LP.

It consists of a “Pentatonic scale” and an “Arpeggio” fingering.

John Mclaughlin Quick Lick #1

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“Belo Herozonte” John Mclaughlin style guitar lick #1

Notice the 2 finger Pentatonic ascending shape and the Arpeggio Descending shape

Shakti John Mclaughlin guitar lick lesson
“Pentatonic” 2 finger guitar shape and “Arpeggio” shape

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John Mclaughlin Guitar Jazz/Fusion Lick/Lesson

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John Mclaughlin Alternate Picking Jazz/Fusion Guitar Lick/Lesson

This John Mclaughlin Jazz/Fusion guitar lesson employs alternate picking for solid rhythmic fluidity. I start on the down stroke with the guitar plectrum.

Alternate Picking Mclaughlin Lick in Parts.

The first part is built from simple Pentatonic cells.

John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick
John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick

The second part uses scale fragments 4ths, and Arpeggios

John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick

The last part Uses 4ths and a Pentatonic Shape

John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick

Full Score of Lick:

Alternate Picking John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick
Alternate Picking John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick

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Alternate Picking 16ths Acoustic Jazz/Fusion Guitar Lesson

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THE FOUR MAIN ALTERNATE PICKING GUITAR RHYTHMS FOR CREATIVE ACOUSTIC GUITAR JAZZ/FUSION IMPROVISED LINE SET-UPS

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Basic Rhythms

THE FIRST ALTERNATE PICKING RHYTHMIC SET-UP EMPLOYS THE 8TH NOTE AND TWO 16TH NOTES. THIS IS A USEFUL RHYTHM AS IT GIVES YOUR PICKING RIGHT HAND A MOMENT TO SET UP THE “UP STROKE” AND FIRE THE PHRASE FORWARD LEADING TO A  SMOOTH ALTERNATE PICKING LICK/LINE.

John Mclaughlin alternate picking guitar right hand patterns.
Alternate Picking Guitar Set-up

THE NEXT RHYTHMIC SET UP EMPLOYS A DOTTED 8TH NOTE AND A 16TH NOTE. AGAIN THIS SLIGHT DELAY BEFORE THE PHRASE TAKES OFF GIVES YOUR RIGHT HAND TIME TO FLICK UP AND FIRE OFF THE PHRASE WITH CONFIDENT ALTERNATE PICKING.

John Mclaughlin right hand alternate picking patterns for guitar
Alternate Picking Guitar Set-Up for Jazz/Fusion Improvisation

THE PHRASE BELOW IS THE “OFF-BEAT” PHRASE AND IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT CREATES ANTICIPATION AND SYNCOPATION IN YOUR ALTERNATE PICKING WHICH IS ESSENTIAL FOR JAZZ AND FUSION GUITAR PLAYING. [AS I SUGGEST IN THE VIDEO YOU WILL FIND THIS A LOT IN THE JOHN MCLAUGHLIN ALBUM/CD CALLED “BELO HEROZONTE]

John Mclaughlin off beat syncopated alternate picking guitar pattern
Off-Beat Alternate Picking Guitar Acoustic jazz/fusion set-up

FINALLY WE HAVE BASIC ALTERNATE PICKING 16THS STARTING ON THE BEAT. I SAT ON THE DOWN STROKE WITH THE PLECTRUM ON MY GUITAR FOR THIS PHRASE.

John mclaughlin alternate picking on the beat guitar pattern
Alternate Picking 16th’s Guitar Jazz/Fusion Rhythmic set-ups On the beat

ALL OF THESE PHRASES USE A SIMPLE PENTATONIC SCALE BECAUSE THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO GET THESE RHYTHMS PRECISE WHEN STARTING OUT WITH ALTERNATE PICKING.

ALL OF THESE PHRASES USE A SIMPLE PENTATONIC SCALE BECAUSE THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO GET THESE RHYTHMS PRECISE WHEN STARTING OUT WITH ALTERNATE PICKING.

Recommended listening:

“BELO HEROZONTE” JOHN MCLAUGHLIN THE TRANSLATORS

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John Mclaughlin “Belo” Acoustic alternate picking Jazz/Fusion Masterpiece!

“MUSIC SPOKEN HERE” JOHN MCLAUGHLIN THE TRANSLATORS

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John Mclaughlin Acoustic Alternate Picking “Music Spoken Here” C.D. brilliant Compositions, Improvisations and Alternate Picking Guitar Technique.

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Alternate Picking Guitar Technique Explained Part 2

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In this exercise we play the most common thing known to man on the guitar “The minor pentatonic” scale.

BUT, the key here is to play and “Count” “1 2 3 4 5 6” to get the “Rhythm” so that the picking and fretting hands can articulate the phrase musically in time and in synchronisation.

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Alternate Picking 6’s Articulation Guitar Exercise

This next exercise is a classic “Repetition” alternate picking exercise. Count “1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a” and play in a double timed tetrachord manner accenting the 1st note in each 4 note grouping

“Repetition” Alternate Picking Guitar Technique Exercise

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Alternate Picking “Off beat” Jazz Fusion Guitar Lesson

The key to alternate picking with the guitar pick when dealing with jazz improvisation and jazz fusion improvisation is to be aware of the off -beat. In these two little examples we simply miss the 1st beat.

Remember that the 2nd note of a group of 16ths will be an “Off-beat” and an “Upstroke”. But, if you start on the “Off-beat” with a down stroke then the patterns will be opposite to what they would be starting on the beat. This may sound confusing but is “paradoxically” natural and an easy way to create and control ‘syncopation”, literally cutting off the first note.

You can do this anywhere in the bar, but to begin with it is best explained through the two short example alternate picking exercises.

This phrase below is a little “Off-beat” phrase found in the John Mclaughlin album/CD called “Belo Herozonte.

off beat alternate picking john Mclaughlin guitar exercise
Silent “Off-Beat” alternate picking guitar exercise

 

Below we use sextuplets and miss out the first beat. [Count the silent beat but pluck the string starting on the 2nd off beat].

Sextuplets alternate picking guitar exercise "Off-Beat"
Sextuplets off-beat alternate picking guitar exercise

 

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SHAKTI Indian Raga Guitar Lesson #2 John Mclaughlin

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JOHN MCLAUGHLIN ALTERNATE PICKING GUITAR STYLE

This little exercise works on the development of another basic guitar fingering idea. This fingering [as you will find out when playing through the notation/tab] lends itself well to the rhythmic development of John Mclaughlin’s alternate picking guitar technique.

SHAKTI EXERCISE/FINGERING LESSON -Guitar Raga Style

SHAKTI John Mclaughlin Indian Raga Guitar Lesson

As always keep the alternate picking rhythmical and tight and count in groups of “Tetrachords” [four 16th notes or “TA KA DI MI” Konokol ]for fluency and good timing tap your foot as you play the Raga line.

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