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.
This “Teen Taal” 16 beat John Mclaughlin guitar tune employs alternate picking. This is a shakti guitar concept. This tune is based around the idea of a 16 beat cycle for guitar and Tabla, Shruti, Tanpura etc.
Below is the music notation and tablature lasting 4 bars. This makes a 16 beat cycle. From this we can make an Indian Raga tune nicely on our guitars!
keep the alternate picking rhythmical and count in groups of four 16th notes “1 e and a” [“Tetrachords”]. Or use the Konokol rhythm system counting “Ta Ka Di Me”. Try to accent the first beat of each 4 note grouping as you alternate pick with the guitar plectrum.