Notice the anacrusis/upbeat. See how the note C is targeted with the three chromatic notes starting on an “Up” stroke for alternate picking. It is essential to count time in order to carry the rhythmic phrasing as you connect it all together.
Notice that the “Target Tones” [Enclosure] are now in the bar as part of the line, but the set up remains the same.
This time we have an upbeat with 4 [even notes] grouping. Again, the target tones are set up in the bar as part of the line. Notice, how the chromatic notes set up the key notes on the “Strong” beat.
The next part employs pentatonic tetrachords [4 note groupings]. These are easy to play at a quick tempo on the guitar and work well to connect the next bars chromatic content.
We finally finish with chromatic notes in even alternate picking groupings outlining B7+
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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: