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alternate picking guitar style and jazz fusion improvisation lessons in his style. Looking at Mclaughlins use of altered dominant chords and chromatics in john’s improvisations. Lessons in john mclaughlin’s guitar style and improvised line using altered scales, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales. Mclaughlins use of modes, dorian, phrygian,aeoloean,ludian,mixolydian, locrian. Also the modes of the diminished scale.
Please watch video the for the John Mclaughlin fingering etc. I start all of these arpeggios on a down stroke with strict alternate picking for rhythmic precision. I am counting in 16ths 1 e and a etc. Most of the arpeggios are one note per string.
Example 1: John Mclaughlin D major 7th arpeggio.
Example 2: Adding Lydian [and 9th and 13th] to John Mclaughlin’s D Major 7th alternate picking arpeggio
Example 3: Starting Arpeggio with Pentatonic John Mclaughlin style
Example 4: Pentatonic to Lydian John Mclaughlin guitar style
Example 5: Descending Arpeggio with simple John Mclaughlin fingering counting 1 e and a etc.
Example 6: Extension
Example 7: Variation
Example 8: Simple fingering descending concept.
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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.