electric etudes

Even with a wealth of theoretical concepts at his fingertips, Mahavishnu’s leader still plays from the gut.


Chops: Advanced
Theory: Advanced
Lesson Overview:
• Understand how to use odd time signatures.
• Create extremely syncopated and emotive solos.
• Learn how to use the “double harmonic minor” scale.


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What do you get when you cross odd meters with synthetic modes, displaced accents, Eastern philosophy, Marshall amps, and unbridled energy? Unfortunately, most of us would just get a mess of noise, but if you’re John McLaughlin you get the essence of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and some of the most revolutionary music to come out of the 20th century.

In The 50 Greatest Guitar Books I wrote extensively about how The Inner Mounting Flame, Mahavishnu Orchestra’s debut recording, literally changed my life overnight, so I won’t retell that story here. Nevertheless, it’s worth saying that hearing John McLaughlin’s music for the first time was a pivotal moment, and I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to try to relate some of his musical concepts to you.

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Learn all about the Queen guitarist’s signature techniques.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Explore guitar orchestration and layered harmony parts.
• Understand how to move between chord inversions.
• Emulate the feel and phrasing of one of rock’s greatest guitarists.

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Unlock the secrets of one of the most influential guitarists of all time.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Learn about riffs that use movable triads.
• Understand how to combine pentatonic and blues scales.
• Play solos in the blues-rock style of one of the most influential guitarists of all time.

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