Please watch video above for detailed explanation:
The key to alternate picking with this sort of basic John McLaughlin mid tempo ii V7 I is to divide the groupings into 4 notes [Tetrachords] and count the time as you pick the notes.
In the video you will see how the fretting hand plays and then releases in order to connect the line together so that the fretting hand is not stuck or tense, but relaxed and always ready to make the next connection.
Release: For next Position/Connection
I start this line on a “Down Stroke” and follow through with strict alternate picking:
John Mclaughlin establishes the Dm7 tonality and then chromatically slips into the altered sound with the EbmMaj7. The Eb note then resolves up to the E natural. The resolution is finally established the F major arpeggio to create Dm7.
In the next bar John employs Db Lydian Harmony over the G7b5 chord. [The b5 of G7 of course being the Db note]. John keeps the G natural note to establish G7 and at the same time establish the #11 of Db harmony.
John Mclaughlin Short ii V I Jazz GuitarLick:
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