Harmonising a simple melody with a “Diminished 7th” chord

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Harmonising a simple melody with a “Diminished 7th” chord

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Hi Guys,

Today we will harmonise a simple melody by employing the Diminished 7th chord [Shape]

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Here is our melody: A B C D E

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Here is our first basic Harmonisation:

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Here is a variation:

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This time we won’t harmonise every chord:

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Finally, we will add some contrary motion as an inflection to create interest and movement.

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[Variation]

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“Jazz Target Tones”- Alternate Picking Guitar Set-Ups Technique

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Guitar Set-Ups Technique

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Hi Guys!

Today we will have a look at setting up “Jazz Target Tones” with alternate picking guitar technique for fast fluid improvising lines.

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Guitar Set-Ups Technique

The example above is the most common and best example of how target tones work and how they are set up. Notice that the weak beat or off beat is the starting note. So, we have [4] e and a as an “Up Beat” [or Anacrusis]. This leads to the strong beat 1 in bar 1.

Now, for alternate picking we need to be aware of what picking stroke we will start on for this weak “Off” beat. Being the “Off” beat and syncopated it will be the “Up Stroke” as in [Down] Up down Up.

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

In the Exercise below we will now employ Target Tones within the improvised line itself from the second beat. Again, notice that the target tones start on the “Up Stroke” and resolve to the on [1st] beat of the next chord smoothly with the down stroke.

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

With this method you will always know where you are in the bar rhythmically, when you are on the off beat [Up Stroke] and what stroke you will start the next “On” beat with [Down stroke].

Here’s another example:

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

It’s also helpful to accent the 1st note in each four note grouping as this will create the jazz feel and thrust the target tones along rhythmically whilst moving your fretting hand into position.

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

Exercise 1: Ascending Line:

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

Exercise 2: Descending Line:

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

Exercise 3: Extended Line: [Ascending and Descending]

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Target Tones- Alternate Picking Jazz Guitar Set-Ups

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Michael Brecker II+ V7 I LICK LINE SIDE STEPPING/TARGET TONES

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Michael Brecker Jazz Sax II+ V7 I lick for Guitar [Improvising] Side Stepping/Target Tones

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Hi Guys,

In the first part of this line we see target tones and side stepping two classic characteristics of Michael Brecker’s jazz sax style.

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Michael Brecker Jazz Sax II+ V7 I lick for Guitar [Improvising] Side Stepping/Target Tones

In the next two bars notice the “Chromatic” movement:

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Michael Brecker Jazz Sax II+ V7 I lick for Guitar [Improvising] Side Stepping/Target Tones

Michael Brecker “LICK/LINE” in Full:

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Michael Brecker Jazz Sax II+ V7 I lick for Guitar [Improvising] Side Stepping/Target Tones

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