John McLaughlin iii Vi ii V7 I Acoustic Jazz Guitar

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John McLaughlin iii Vi ii V7 I Jazz Guitar Line/Alternate Picking Exercise Lick

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Hi Guys,

This is a concept for creating longer alternate picking improvisation lines. What makes it more useful and more enjoyable is the fact that you can substitute the iii Vi ii V7 I chords.

EXAMPLE:

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There are lots of variations on this. For instance we could add Db7 or DbMaj7 in bar 5 and have it resolve down into a CMaj chord.

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Here is the first bar: Notice the use of 4ths and side stepping. The scale is A melodic minor based.

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Bar 2: Notice the use of chromatics which are originally set up like approach notes. These are easy to finger and alternate pick rhythmically.

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Bar 3: This is pentatonic based whilst highlighting the #11 note:

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Bar 4: This bar employs an Ab melodic minor leaning for the G altered sound:

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Final Bar: Notice that this bar resolves to a B natural for the CmMaj7 chord:

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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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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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