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Today, a quick ii V7 I McLaughlin-esque lick
This is at 140 Bpm with an altered approach to harmony with strict alternate picking guitar technique.
The chords are as follows.
For the ii minor chord I employ a minor chord with a Major 7th and an added 9th.
For the V7 chord I raise the 5th [#5] and add a flattened 9th note.
And for the I chord I make this augmented by raising the 5th.
So, the ii V7 I becomes harmonically altered and creates an interesting sound
The line starts on an upbeat with 3 target tones that deliberately set up the 1st note of bar one. This adds forward momentum and adds a colourful chromatic set-up.
The target tones start on an “Up stroke” so that on the first beat of bar one you will land and start a “Down stroke”
Over the DmMaj7/9 chord I start with a Dm9 arpeggio and then exploit the D Harmonic minor scale by ascending in fragments.
Over the G+b9 chord I start on the third note B and then play an Eb 4-3 arpeggio.
The Bb from this arpeggio then moves up to the B natural and then I play the b9 to tonic and #5 to5 which then finally moves down to the note C for the tonic of the next chord C+.
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This is a response and explanation to the Youtube “Shorts” video I posted employing Al Di Meola’s wide intervallic string skipping right hand guitar technique.
The first part of the pattern is:
Down Down Up Up Up Down
But, why pick like this?
Surely, just stick to strict alternate picking?
In theory yes: But in practice there is a chance with alternate picking that open strings will get plucked/struck by mistake due to the down stroke.
The Upstroke means that this is cancelled out: [please see video above]
The next part employs:
Down Down Up:
Also notice the change in rhythm from 3/4 to 6/8. This is a simple concept that works really well with wide intervallic playing and composing.
BOTH PARTS: 3/4 and 6/8 Rhythmic Feel
Finally we finish with the “Down Down Up” pattern again.
Also an up-beat works well with this sort of playing: Here I pluck the low open E.
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Moving on from our last alternate picking video we will now extend this to 4 different positions on the guitar fingerboard.
As always for this mid tempo jazz/fusion [140-160 Bpm] style it’s essential to accent the [first] and third notes in each 4 note grouping.
“The third note being the most important to accent”
Without doing this, the rhythm, tempo and dynamic gets lost along with the timing and fluidity.
[1st] and 3rd notes Accented
Here is the alternate picking exercise: It is essential to watch the video above in order to understand the “Simple” concept of the guitar fingering as this is crucial for executing this exercise.
This starts on a “Downstroke” with strict alternate picking:
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