Lesson 10 – 12 Notes: Arpeggio Exercises, Part II


Lesson 10:  Arpeggio exercises, part II.  Back in lesson one I went over a fairly long but simple 5 note minor arpeggio exercise.  Tonight we are going to work on the major scale, but there will be a few differences, as you’ll see, if you’ve been here from lesson one. 

To start off with, lets try our hand at a series of sequential 3 note arpeggios, here in C major.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -1 -3 – – – – – –
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -3 -5 – – – – – – -3 – – – – -5 – – – – – –
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -4 -5 – – – – – – -4 – – – – -5 – – – 4- – – – – – – – -5 – – – – – –
– – – – -5 -7 – – – – – – – -5 – – – – -7 – – -5 – – – – – – – – -7 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – -7 – – – – -8 – – – -7 – – – – – – – – -8 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
-8 – – – – – – – – -10 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

It flows fairly easily, doesn’t it?  One key here is to play the First C on the 6th string, the E on the 5th string, the G on the 4th string, and the B on the third string with your left hand ring finger for right handed players. 

In the next sequence, we are going to play a few 9 note arpeggio sequences. You should, using the same shape on the fretboard play this exercise up and down the neck.  I am only putting two here for the sake of space.  This  exercise will, for one thing, play every note in the major scale at least once, and the 1st note aka the root (tonic) and the third note (mediant) twice. 

The key on the ascending arpeggios are F and F# Major, and the Descending arpeggios are played in G#  and A Major.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – -1 -5 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -2 -6 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – – – – – – – -3 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -4 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – – – – – -3 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -4 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – -2 -5 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -3 -6 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – -3 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -4 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
-1 -5 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -2 -6 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

-8 -4 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -9 -5 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – -6 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -7 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – -6 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -7 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – – – -8 -5 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -9 -6 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – – – – – – – -6 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -7 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – -8 -4 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -9 -5 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Another arpeggio exercise that increases your knowledge of the fretboard is to… well… arpeggiate chords.  Here I am going to arpeggiate a few simple Maj 7th chords, 4 notes at a time.  The chords are C, C# D, D# E and F maj 7th.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -3 – – – – – – – – – – – – -4 -5 – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – – – -6 – – – – – – – – – – – – -7 – – -3 – – – – – – – – -4 – – – – -5 – – – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – – – 9- – -5 – – – – – – – – -6 – – – – – – -3 – – – – -4 – – – – – – – – -5 – – – – – – – – –
– – – – – -9 – – – – – -6 – – – – -7 – – – – – – – – – – -1 -2 – – – – – – – – – – – – -3 – – – – – – –
– – -10 – – – – – – – – – – -4 -5 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
-8 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

The point of this exercise is to move across all the strings playing 4 note variations of the same type of chord.  You can do the same thing with virtually any chord, and it is an easy exercise to get under your fingers that helps you learn chords, arpeggiation, palm mute technique (more on that in a sec), and quickly moving your hands accurately into different positions on the fretboard, all important things to know.

The best way to keep the notes from ringing out, damping the sound, is to use your palm heel to mute the strings.  To execute an effective palm mute simply lay your right hand directly above the bridge and lightly rest it on the strings.   Using a heavier hand, or moving your hand very very slightly(maybe 1/8th of an inch is enough) up can keep the notes from ringing out at all.  Experiment with it to know exactly how you want to use it. For this exercise, play around with the palm mute and see what sounds best. 

_________________________________________

That is about it from here.  As always, if there are parts of this that cause confusion, or parts that you don’t understand, by all means, drop me a line and I will explain what needs to be explained, or fix an issues with the lesson.

Thanks for reading, Jam on!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s