In this “Teen Taal” Harmonic minor scale Indian Raga lesson for guitar [Tabla/Tanpura/shruti] We will employ strict alternate picking starting on a”Down stroke”. Count time and keep the alternate picking rhythmical and tight as you tap your foot and count in groups of four 16th notes [Tetrachords] over the following below,
1 2 3 456 7 8 910 11 121314 15 16
A HARMONIC MINOR 16 BEAT CYCLE “TIN TAL” [TEEN TAAL] RAGA NOTATION/TABLATURE.
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Today we will look at a John Mclaughlin alternate picking Jazz/Fusion improvisation cadence employing the altered dominant chord! Please watch the video below and then try it out yourself.
As you will see this cadence employs the Altered scale. It is a 2 [minor 7 flat 5] going to 5 [ “Altered Dominant”] 1 [major 7th]. This being Dm7 flat 5 G7 altered resolving to C major7.
I also employ a flat 5 substitution on the Dm7 flat 5. All of this resolves though and slips nicely into the altered dominant 5 chord. I also use pentatonics within the altered scale for rhythmic flow. Please look at the TAB/MUSIC below and play through it yourself to see and feel how it all “Naturally” unfolds. I employ alternate picking the same as John Mclaughlin.
John Mclaughlin alternate picking altered scale line Music/Tab
VARIATION With an A flat Pentatonic shape replacing A flat minor/Major Arpeggio for the flat 5 substitution.