John McLaughlin Guitar Fingering-Jazz Chromatics

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John McLaughlin Jazz Guitar Chromatics easy Fingering

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Today we will have a look at an easier fingering for jazz chromatic target tones:

Below we have the old “Traditional” fingering:

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Now, we have a simpler and more intuitive John McLaughlin guitar fingering. 2 fingers to 2 fingers with a slide.

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We will now apply this to the most common and easiest scale on planet guitar, the A minor Pentatonic scale.

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This time we will add a “Side Step” and chromatic target tone movement

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In this example we will have an upbeat with 4 chromatic descending notes starting on the tonic note D:

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Finally, we will extend it over a ii V7 I

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How to-Jazz Guitar “outside” Playing with Chromatic enclosure [Target Tones].

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Alternate Picking jazz Chromatics [Enclosure/Target Tones]

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Example 1:

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.

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Notice that the “Target Tones” [Enclosure] are now in the bar as part of the line, but the set up remains the same.

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Example 2:

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.

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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.

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We finally finish with chromatic notes in even alternate picking groupings outlining B7+

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EX.1

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EX.2

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John Mclaughlin 2 5 1 Jazz Guitar alternate picking explanation

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John Mclaughlin 2 5 1 Jazz Guitar alternate picking

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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.

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John Mclaughlin 2 5 1 Jazz Guitar alternate picking

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.

Playing:

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John Mclaughlin 2 5 1 Jazz Guitar alternate picking

Release: For next Position/Connection

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John Mclaughlin 2 5 1 Jazz Guitar alternate picking

I start this line on a “Down Stroke” and follow through with strict alternate picking:

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I also accent the 1st and 3rd notes:

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John Mclaughlin alternate picking

Full Line:

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John Mclaughlin alternate picking

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