Aug 4, 2008

Working With Major Arpeggios Pt. 1

This post revolves around a G Major Arpeggio, but today's post as well as tomorrow's post will revolve around Major Arpeggios in general. Tomorrow I will be implementing a new concept about arpeggios, and will be expanding upon this.

I want to show you a basic yet neat trick that you can do with arpeggios. Keep in mind that this is not an exercise, though arpeggios can be used to develop chops, This is just some basic theory. After these 4 articles are complete, you should have a better understanding, of how to construct your own arpeggios out of Major chord structures.

We've discussed it before, but let's go ahead and take another look at the concept of an arpeggio, since this is going to be a 4 part lesson, and we're going to need to go in a very linear fashion.

A chord is 3 or more notes played together at the same time.

An Arpeggio is simply when you take any chord and instead of strumming or playing the notes all together, you instead play each note separately, one after another.

I'd elaborate more upon that but I would just be BS-ing you beyond that, because that's all there is to it. So now that we know that, if we take a G Major chord structure like this one:

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We can simply pick out the notes of that chord and that constitutes as a G Major Arpeggio.

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That's all there is to this first installment, and tomorrow I'll show you where the real trick comes in. I'm going to make sure that I take things comfortably slow, because you are also going to get a bit of insight into how the compositional mind works. Stay tuned.

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