This blog takes a brief look at John Mclaughlin’s use of Chromaticism in regards to Jazz Fusion Guitar lines. The 2 licks are also from a video I did on Dave Liebman’s Chromatic approach to jazz. They both share the same concepts. The licks are riffs doubled up with piano.
John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick 1 -Employ strict alternate picking starting on a “Downstroke”
John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick 2 -Again, employ strict alternate picking starting on a “Downstroke”
The key is to pick each 4 note grouping [Tetrachord] in time with your foot tapping the 1/4 note.
So you have:
“1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a”
This will give you a smooth alternate picking sound and hold time with the piano [or doubling instrument].
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