Excellent lesson! Love the envelope filter on the bass in backing!
Great chops mate, very nice!
Beautiful lines,guitar sound is excellent !
Awesome backing track and really fresh sounding lines! This is bookmarked for me! I love this approach...
Awesome note choice
great lesson! this will help me. thanks!
Wow, this is an awesome lesson with such cool licks!
You must have mind reading abilities as I was planing to do lesson on approach patterns very soon
Great lesson Stephane !
Sounds great Stephane, cool ideas!
Thanks guys, glad you like these licks!
Great lesson Stephane!!! I love your sound!!!
really really cool man!
Great playing, tone and backing! Well done, Stephane!
Great licks and backing. I love the bass too
nice one stephane.good job
Cool lesson Stephane!
Great groove mate!!
Great Lesson Stephane!! So fluid!!!!
Thank you very much guys !
Nice! Love the backing too
Really smooth, Stephane !
Sounds very cool
Very very fusion
Absolutely awesome tone, phrasing and groove Stephane - reminds me a little of Scofield!
Thanks Kris !
Hey mate, thank you for the kind thoughts!
The use of approach notes and chromaticism is an important element of playing that we find in various styles of jazz, jazz fusion, etc. It's a great technique to add color, fell and some tension to your playing.
You can approach every note of a scale or an arpeggio by applying a few simple rules.
Consider for example the fifth of the Gm7 chord which is D.
We can approach this note from :
- a half step below / above
- a half step below and above (or above and below)
- two half steps below / above
- two half steps below and a half step above
- two half steps above and a half step below
Rhythm placement is very important because we play notes outside the scale and it can bring more or less tension in your playing.
The backing is a Gm7 vamp, 90bpm and I used a mix of G dorian mode, G minor blues scale with approach notes and chromaticism.
Some phrases are sometimes a bit long, so take time to assimilate and analyze how the notes are articulated.