February 20, 2013

Altered scale LEGATO lines

I like the new generation of guitar players such as Tom Quayle and Martin Miller who under the influence of a.o. Allan Holdsworth, John Scofield, Frank Gambale and Pat Metheny and rock players like Greg Howe and Richie Kotzen created a fusion style of their own.  The facility and ease with which they play very long flowing lines at high tempos requires a lot of practice. Fortunately they use a lot of jazz standards to showcase their talent. Especially Tom Quayle combines his passion for jazz with  a modern legato based technique.   Here are a few jazzy lines I  wrote myself using the A7 altered scale going to a Dmaj7. Play every note on the same string with a hammer-on going up or a pull-off going down.

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