This Michael Brecker sax line is an excellent exercise for alternate picking guitar technique. The key is to accent the 1st and 3rd notes [Downstrokes] as this will keep the chromatic 4 note “Even” groupings smooth.
The employment of chromaticism and target tones [deliberately “Even” for alternate picking] scale fragments and an arpeggio makes this an extremely useful exercise for linking together improvising ingredients.
John Mclaughlin establishes the Dm7 tonality and then chromatically slips into the altered sound with the EbmMaj7. The Eb note then resolves up to the E natural. The resolution is finally established the F major arpeggio to create Dm7.
In the next bar John employs Db Lydian Harmony over the G7b5 chord. [The b5 of G7 of course being the Db note]. John keeps the G natural note to establish G7 and at the same time establish the #11 of Db harmony.
John Mclaughlin Short ii V I Jazz GuitarLick:
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