Alternate Picking 16th’s Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style.

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Alternate Picking 16hts Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

In this final part of alternate picking guitar techniques for jazz fusion improvisation. We again look at the style of John Mclaughlin in order to play through the changes with 4 groups of 4, or 4 tetrachords per bar.

Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Alternate picking tetrachords all start on a downstroke.

Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

First 4 note grouping[1st Tetrachord]:

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Second 4 note grouping [2 Tetrachords]

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Third 4 note grouping of 16ths alternate picking [3 Tetrachords]

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16hts Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Finally, 4 groups of 4 [or 4 Tetrachords].

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

We can now apply this to playing through complex chord changes at a fast tempo. In the example below we will take John Coltrane’s “Countdown” and play one chord per beat as an example for setting up these 4 x 4 note groupings [Tetrachords]for quick rapid improvisation at a super fast tempo.

Alternate Picking 4x4 Groupings Mclaughlin/Coltrane guitar "Tetrachord" Style
Alternate Picking 16ths Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

Simple 4 note tetrachord pattern for reference:

Alternate Picking 16hts Mclaughlin/Coltrane jazz/fusionguitar “Tetrachord” Style

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Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

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Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

In this post we will go one further than the last post. This time we will take a group of six [Sextuplets] and make a tetrachord and a half from it.

This will make 4+ 2 which will make us nail the changes with 4 notes on the first chord and 2 notes on the second chord with a short rest to reset our fretting hand to repeat the pattern again on the next two chords.

Alternate picking exercise warm up in Sextuplets/Triplets

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

Why do this?

Because the groups of six are quite easy to play on the guitar and there a heaps of variations on each pattern. They flow easily and can be alternate picked rhythmically to create musical phrasing.

The first pattern for playing through the changes in Sextuplets

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

The first pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

The second part of the chord sequence in sextuplets

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

The second pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

Finally, the full one bar alternate picking chord sequence nailing the changes

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

VARIATION:

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

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Altered Scale Jazz Fusion Guitar/piano unison lick/Line

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In this riff/line I employ alternate Picking but I start with an upstroke for the first phrase. After that I start the remaining phrases on a down stroke.

Jazz/Fusion altered scale chromatic guitar/piano unison riff

Although this line is D altered in terms of scalic concept it could also be thought of as shifting between D minor, D Dorian and Eb Melodic Minor.

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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

alternate picking John Mclaughlin guitar lesson
“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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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

John Mclaughlin right hand  alternate picking rhythms pattersns
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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