altered 2 5 1 short jazz/fusion lick

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Jazz/Fusion quick ii V7 I altered improvised lick lesson

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Hi Guys,

Just a short ii V7 I alternate picking guitar lick. [This starts on a down stroke]

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The chords are altered:

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So, for chord ii Bm we replace it with B augmented with a sharpened 9th. This in turn gives us the Major 3rd and the minor 3rd and so we can apply a simple B minor scale.

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Also, notice that I have placed accents on the 3rd note of each 4 note grouping. Accenting like this will help to keep the rhythm in tight tetrachords [4 note] groupings.

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In the next bar the “Dominant” chord has the 5th raised to create an Augmented 7th sound:

For this chord we can employ the F melodic minor scale:

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Finally we slide the C natural up a semitone to C# to resolve the cadence to the 3rd note of A Major 7 the tonic chord.

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Alternate Picking:Guitar Technique-Part 2- [Fretting Hand]

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Alternate Picking:Guitar Technique-Part 2 [Fretting Hand]

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Today we will look at part 2 on alternate picking guitar technique.

The key to these exercises is to “Accent” the third note of each 4 note [Tetrachord] grouping . [You can also accent the first note].

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Why do we do this?

This is because the accents push the music along.

This also works like links in a chain that connect the notes together for smooth and rhythmical phrases.

So, before we attempt this sort of phrasing,

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We need to make sure that have our basic 8ths to 16 notes rhythmical and really tight.

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In the first exercise we will ascend in one position and then descend in another:

We will start on a down stroke and employ strict alternate picking:

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In the next example we will ascend and descend in one position:

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Finally,

it is a good idea to use a simple pentatonic scale with a simple guitar fingering and play over a 2 5 1 loop to get the accents, rhythm and musical phrasing tight.

Chord II V7 I Example:

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Simple 2 finger scale example:

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“Jazz Target Tones”- Alternate Picking Guitar Set-Ups Technique

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Guitar Set-Ups Technique

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Today we will have a look at setting up “Jazz Target Tones” with alternate picking guitar technique for fast fluid improvising lines.

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Guitar Set-Ups Technique

The example above is the most common and best example of how target tones work and how they are set up. Notice that the weak beat or off beat is the starting note. So, we have [4] e and a as an “Up Beat” [or Anacrusis]. This leads to the strong beat 1 in bar 1.

Now, for alternate picking we need to be aware of what picking stroke we will start on for this weak “Off” beat. Being the “Off” beat and syncopated it will be the “Up Stroke” as in [Down] Up down Up.

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

In the Exercise below we will now employ Target Tones within the improvised line itself from the second beat. Again, notice that the target tones start on the “Up Stroke” and resolve to the on [1st] beat of the next chord smoothly with the down stroke.

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

With this method you will always know where you are in the bar rhythmically, when you are on the off beat [Up Stroke] and what stroke you will start the next “On” beat with [Down stroke].

Here’s another example:

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

It’s also helpful to accent the 1st note in each four note grouping as this will create the jazz feel and thrust the target tones along rhythmically whilst moving your fretting hand into position.

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

Exercise 1: Ascending Line:

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

Exercise 2: Descending Line:

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

Exercise 3: Extended Line: [Ascending and Descending]

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

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