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This little alternate picking guitar exercise is taken from John Mclaughlin’s acoustic jazz fusion C.D “Belo Herozonte”.
Although this is a simple and short exercise it displays the way to open up and extend long fluid alternate picking improvised jazz fusion guitar lines.
You can either employ orthodox fingering or the fingering that I use.
John Mclaughlin Alternate Picking “Belo Herozonte’ Guitar lick/Exercise:
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GUITAR TRIO “Friday night in San Francisco” ALTERNATE PICKING guitar exercises and ideas.
The Guitar trio consisted of John Mclaughlin, Al di Meola and Paco de Lucia.
They performed and released the classic acoustic album/cd called “Friday night in San Franscisco.
As well as being a great album we are lucky that some bright spark took it upon himself to write a book of transcriptions of the classic concert!
Guitar Trio alternate picking musical exercises.
Below are some examples from the guitar trio from their concert and C.D called “Friday night in San Francisco.
Line 1-“16ths” Alternate Picking guitar exercise starting on a “Down” stroke
Line 2- Extended version of the above exercise
Line 3-Groups of “4” with strict Alternate Picking but this time starting with an “Upstroke” creating a “Rolling” effect as the plectrum glides across the strings.
In part 2 we will take a closer look at the use of “Sextuplets” [or groups of 6’s]
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For a closer look there is a complete transcription of “Friday Night in San Franscisco” Book available AMAZON