Alternate Picking with cycle 4ths chords guitar lesson

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Today we look at employing alternate picking with chords on the guitar.

The alternate picking group of 4 semiquavers [16ths] notes start with an upstroke. “Up Down Up Down”. This little lick/motif joins the two chords together and creates a compositional movement.

alternate picking guitar chords scale 4ths cycle

Here is the descending music notation and tab. [Chords and alternate picking]

alternate picking guitar chords scale descending

Here is the ascending music notation and tab.

ascending alternate picking guitar chords scale

Descending cycle of 4ths chord sequence [for alternate picking scales with chords].

CYCLE OF 4THA ALTERNATE PICKING SEQUENCE

Ascending cycle of 4ths chord sequence [for alternate picking scales with chords].

Cycle of 4ths alternate picking guitar sequence

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Enclosure/Target Tones Jazz chromatics for the improvised line

The key to understanding this is to look where the little target tones/enclosure motif/melody starts.

Here we have two.

The first is “OFF” the BEAT

and the second is “ON” the beat

Example 1: “Off Beat” classic target tone/enclosure set-up

Jazz chromatic target tones explained

Example 2: “On the beat” and in the bar set-up in the improvised line [Target tone/Enclosure]

On the beat jazz Target tone/Enclosure for improv

THEORY:

What you will notice is that the Chord tones are “on” the beat [Strong] whilst the chromatic or unessential notes are “Off” the beat.  

This is the key to how it works and how to create beautiful flowing lines easily!

Bebop target tones enclosure jazz improvisation explanation
Chord tones on the “Strong” Beats for jazz enclosure

Full Target tones/Enclosure Jazz Chromatics improvisation lick/line

Target tones/Enclosure Jazz Chromatics improv lick/line

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Messiaen Modes of limited Transposition Composition

Messiaen: La technique de mon langage musical.

Modes of Limited Transposition Composition for piano.

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