Pentatonic Runs & Rhythmic Displacement

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi guys, today I wanna show some lick that will give a fresh sound to the old and over used pentatonic. I'll use two concepts in particular to spice things up: Rhythmic Displacement and Accent Shifting

    This Lesson Will Improve

    Pentatonic Knowledge


    Rhythmic Displacement

    Accent Shifting

    Sweep Picking

    Pentatonic Runs W/Rhythmic Displacement & Accent Shifting - A Minor - 120 bpm

    The study will present six of my preferred Pentatonic sequences using Rhythmic Displacement & Accent Shifting to create more interest, each example is played twice with small variation.

    (Check each slow example for in-deep explanation.)

    Techniques Focus

    Some of these examples use economy picking (sweep picking), these techniques simply imply to sweep across different string played in the same direction, creating a fluid and smooth sound. the movement should came from the wrist and not from the arm or elbow. Practice it slow to produce each note as clean as you can, you have to release pressure enough to mute the notes just played to get a good result.

    Theory Focus

    Rhythmic Displacement - taking a short melodic motif and moving it to different beats in the measure to create a syncopated sound found in West African guitar players.

    Accent Shifting - happens when you superimpose for example a five note grouping/sequences of a particular scale (in this case A minor Pentatonic) over sixteenth note: the natural accent falls on every one of the 4 sixteenth note per beat is shifted each time by one sixteenth, until the cycle repeat itself

    Recommended Listening
    Rhythmic displacement is syncopated sound found in West African guitar players. This type of guitar playing is closely related to a West Indian style of music called Zouk, and is similar to Calypso music. A great master of this techniques is Grant Green Check.

    Pro Tips

    Try adding some intervallic "jumps" to all scale grouping (three notes, four etc.) you know, and practice them as you know, you will immediately sound modern and more sophisticated.

    Keep Practicing!

    Joe Kataldo

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