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The good thing with alternate picking and the reason great players and improvisers employ it is because it offers the keys to performing rhythmically complex and fast tempo music. This is especially true with Jazz, Fusion and World Music.
Applying Indian Konokol or even Western Classical Tradition we can change the alternate picking patterns/groupings into rhythms for musical phrasing.
But, before we break these rhythms up though we need to get the basic idea and fundamentals down. This way we can nail any chords changes especially ambiguous ones.
This simple “Rhythmic Unit” of a group of 5 notes can be broken up. This gives clarity when nailing the changes at a very fast tempo.
The Group of 5 now becomes one “Tetrachord” and the 5th note becomes the first note of the next chord [DbMaj9]. This way the changes are “Nailed” by the rhythm which has become 4+1
So, as we can see the Ta Ka Di Me Thom or 1 2 3 4 5
Becomes 1 e and a 2
or Ta ka di mi Ta
For anybody having problems with their alternate picking at fast tempos whilst nailing the changes this will really help you because you will automatically land on the first note of the next chord.
Below we can see a few examples with John Mclaughlin employing 5’s.
This time we will take a group of six notes [Sextuplets] and make a tetrachord and a half from it.
This will make 4+ 2 which will make us nail the changes with 4 notes on the first chord and 2 notes on the second chord with a short rest to reset our fretting hand to repeat the pattern again on the next two chords.
Alternate picking exercise warm up in Sextuplets/Triplets
1 2 3 4 5 6 or 1 trip let 2 trip let
or Ta ki ta Ta ki ta or Ta ka Ta ka di me
1 e and a 2 e
Or Ta ka di me Ta ka
The first pattern for playing through the changes in Sextuplets
The first pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e
or Ta ka di me Ta ka
The second part of the chord sequence in sextuplets
The second pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e
or Ta ka di me Ta ka
Finally, the full one bar alternate picking chord sequence nailing the changes
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