Al Di Meola/John McLaughlin-Strumming Guitar Lesson

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Al Di Meola/John McLaughlin-Strumming Guitar Lesson

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Hi Guys,

The key to learning percussive guitar strumming is to be able to shift through the rhythmic gears. When you can do this then you can double the time and add percussive flourishes [al la Al di Meola] to your right hand strumming.

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Start by counting the quarter note and then move to the eighth note and then up to the 16th note.

SEXTUPLETS:

The next grouping to contend with is the group of 6 notes called sextuplets.

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You can count 1 2 3 4 5 6

or you could break it up into 16th’s as in,

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I prefer to employ Konokol and use this as my count for the rhythm. This is because it is easy to say quickly and will register with my brain and produce lightning reflexes with my right strumming hand

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In order to get 16th notes in quick succession it is essential to count them as:

1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a

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Mixing Rhythmic values:

The next concept is where it all falls into place. This consists of mixing up the rhythms and creating double timing patterns for percussive effect.

Example 1:

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Example 2:

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Example 3:

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Symmetrical Scale Guitar Cross Picking

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar Picking

There are 6 “Tetra-tonic” Scales. They all have four notes. Below, is our scale for this blog and video and will be the Tetratonic scale starting on the note B.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Picking

Alternate Picking the Scale: Starting on a “Downstroke”

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar Picking

We will make a short Robert Fripp-esque line from this scale and employ “Cross Picking” Guitar Technique.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar

In order to create a line like this it is a good idea to take “Triplets” and make them into chord pairs.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Tritone chord pairs

Here are the Guitar Picking patterns that I used. They are very Fripp-esque as they employ Alternate picking and Crosspicking.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Scale and Tritone Guitar

We can also make “Chords” out of this scale.

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Guitar chords

Triplet Chordal/Cross picking Robert Fripp style “Tetratonic” Chords

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Robert Fripp “Tetratonic” Guitar chords Cross Picking

This next Robert Fripp lick employs “Dyads” which are 2 note chords made from this Tetra-tonic scale.

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Robert Fripp Guitar “Dyads’

Next, we will use alternate picking and play the “Dyads” in a single note fashion:

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Robert Fripp Guitar “Dyads’

Lastly, we will take 2 chords “NOT” from the Tetratonic Scale but a “Tri-tone” apart. These will be B and F.

Descending:

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Robert Fripp Tritone Guitar Arpeggios

Ascending:

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Robert Fripp Tritone Guitar Arpeggios

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Alternate Picking Guitar Acoustic Fusion

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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