Moving on from our last lesson on simple 2 finger alternate picking guitar scales we will now look at applying it to “Raga-Esque” improvisations. We will do this by using repeated notes to set up the fluid Raga like scales/motifs to hold time together in the beat cycle.
Both examples in this blog employ strict alternate picking guitar technique starting with a “Down” stroke.
Below we can see the whole bar of repeated notes ready to set up the 2 finger scale.
EXAMPLE 1: Indian Raga Guitar Alternate Picking with “Repeated” Notes employing simple 2 finger guitar pentatonic scales.
In this “Teen Taal” Harmonic minor scale Indian Raga lesson for guitar [Tabla/Tanpura/shruti] We will employ strict alternate picking starting on a”Down stroke”. Count time and keep the alternate picking rhythmical and tight as you tap your foot and count in groups of four 16th notes [Tetrachords] over the following below,
1 2 3 456 7 8 910 11 121314 15 16
A HARMONIC MINOR 16 BEAT CYCLE “TIN TAL” [TEEN TAAL] RAGA NOTATION/TABLATURE.
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