The key to this Shakti guitar riff is to “Shift” the fretting hand positions whilst employing strict alternate picking with the plectrum in the right hand as can be found in the guitar style of John Mclaughlin.
This is a great exercise for right hand picking technique by alternating with the plectrum starting on a “downstroke” whilst synchronising the left hand with the position shifts on the guitar fingerboard.
Shakti alternate picking hand position shifting guitar lick in TAB/Notation
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jazz/fusion guitarist John Mclaughlin builds this Indian “Raga” through the harmonic minor scale creating a “Fusion” style of music. The key to this style and lesson is to build 4 note groupings of 16th notes called “Tetrachords”. In this lesson we use the A harmonic minor Scale and employ strict alternate picking starting on a “Down” stroke.
This example is based upon fusion guitarist John Mclaughlin’s “Shakti” Indian Raga style of Guitar improvising through “Teen Taal”.
As always keep the alternate picking rhythmical and count in groups of four 16th notes called “Tetrachords”. Or, count in the Indian Konokol rhythm system “Ta Ka Di Me”. Accent the first beat of each 4 note grouping with the guitar pick.
This will give your alternate picking consistency and fluidity because you will know where you are in the bar or the rhythmic cycle, for instance as in Teen Taal.