Alternate Picking jazz fusionGuitar “Nailing the changes” 7’s into 4+3

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To begin with we will use our group of 5 notes starting with an up stroke [from our previous video] alternate picking and add 2 extra notes to make our group of 7.

John Mclaughlin 5+2 Alternate Picking Guitar Rhythms

Next rather, than count 7 we will break the group of 7 up into semiquavers [16ths] making a group of 4+3 and a rest.

John Mclaughlin 5+2 Alternate Picking Guitar Rhythms

We will now make logical musical phrasing with 16ths and add notation. Counting 1 e and a 2 e and [Rest]starting with an “Upstroke” alternate picking.

Alternate Picking jazz fusionGuitar “Nailing the changes” 7’s into 4+3

If we look at the chord bar below we will see that the chord changes are 1 chord per beat. Harmonically this is moving at a very fast rate.

John Mclaughlin 5+2 Alternate Picking Guitar Rhythms

Now, we will apply two groups of 7’s broken up into 16ths so that we can play rhythmically through this ambiguous set of chord changes.

Alternate Picking jazz fusionGuitar “Nailing the changes” 7’s into 4+3

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John Mclaughlin Jazz Fusion Line Breakdown

There are two parts to this. The second lesson is a variation. The dominant chord in this 2 5 1 is altered.

This creates a nice way to create flow with the fingering when alternate picking in the style of John Mclaughlin. As you play through the Notation/Tab [below] this will become apparent very quickly.

 

John Mclaughlin guitar lesson finishing with a D flat Triad for G7 alt

 

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LINE BREAKDOWN: Breaking down the line into 4 note cells [Tetrachords]

TETRACHORD 1

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TETRACHORD 2

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TETRACHORD 3

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TETRACHORD 4

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TETRACHORD 5

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TETRACHORD 6

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TETRACHORD 7

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TETRACHORD 8

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VARIATION of the John Mclaughlin jazz fusion improvisation guitar lesson finishing with an E flat Triad for the G7 alt

John Mclaughlin Jazz Improvisation guitar lesson. Altered scales

For more info John Mclaughlin has a DVD:

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