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Welcome to our arpeggios guitar lessons page
In order to get these arpeggios in to your playing quickly and effectively the first step is to memorise the pattern. These shapes are all played in root position, this means that the first note played is the note the arpeggio is named after. Memorise the shape and learn to play these in all positions of the neck.
The next step is learning to link these arpeggios into scales (see figure 1) , you can practice going up the arpeggio and down the major scale etc. After that another step in the process of learning these arpeggios is to play them over the chord they are derived from, when you do this really focus on the sound of each note in relation to the chord, the root , 3rd and 5th have different sounds against the chord they are played over.
Different styles of music use arpeggios in different ways, for instance jazz (See figure 4) will use arpeggios to play through complexed key changes, whilst rock will tend to use arpeggios in a virtuosic way. (see figure 2). Country ( See Figure 3) will again use arpeggios in a completely different way, the underlying theme here is that the possibilities are endless.
Just like with scales, you can use sequence patterns with arpeggios this type of use of a arpeggios crops up a lot in classical and neoclassical music. You can also learn to play intervals off the notes in an arpeggios, this gives you very angular and unusual licks. Hopefully this free lesson has been useful and you can appreciate the wealth of ideas available once you begin to master arpeggios, please feel free to checkout our eshop to purchase arpeggio ideas and more advanced applications.
In these arpeggios guitar lessons you will learn what arpeggios are and how to use them
Arpeggios, what are they? And how do you use arpeggios in your playing, if you are looking at this free lesson chances are these are some of the questions you have. Below are some basic shapes, however don’t confuse basic with not very good.
These shapes, once mastered, can provide a wealth of ideas and music. An arpeggio is essentially a chord or the notes of a chord played one note after the other, they can be used in all music styles and played in a great many ways. However no matter how or where they are played they bring melodic ideas to improvisation or compositions.
The next step is to learn some basic shapes
This arpeggio is spelled C, Eb, G and is comprised of the 1st, b3rd, and 5th notes of a C minor scale. This arpeggio shape can be played from the 8th positions and 15th Position