Arpeggio Embellishments - Fleshing Out Major & Minor
Arpeggios can be seen as the skeleton of scales. So when playing a
scale as part of your solo, you can always find an arpeggio running
through the middle of it - the core major or minor expression of that
This lesson is all about fleshing out your major and minor arpeggios by
adding just one note from a scale. This gives them a specific flavour,
depending on the interval you add. We'll explore all the different
sounds you can create using this method.
presentation below to get to grips with the general concept and then
find backing tracks, diagrams and exercises further down the page...
These chord tracks will help you practice your arpeggios. There's no
percussion or set tempo which means you can use a metronome
over the tracks at the tempo you feel comfortable.
Track 1 G major (used in
the examples) - so the root (1)
of your patterns will be G.
Track 2 C major - the
root of your patterns will be C.
Track 1 G minor (used in
the examples) - the root of your minor patterns will be G.
Track 2 C minor - the
root of your minor patterns will be C.
Major Arpeggio Patterns & Exercises
we start with our basic 1 3 5
major arpeggio. I'll be showing you three patterns - one built on a 6th string
root, another on a 5th string
root and a final wider pattern spanning the two positions
(which should prove a challenging exercise!).
Need help with fingering these arpeggios? See my lesson on guitar
arpeggio technique (don't forget to bookmark this page so you
can come back!).
Click the tabs to hear (all examples are in G)
Major + b2
Major + 4
Major + #4
Major + b6
Major + 7
Minor Arpeggio Patterns & Exercises
Here, our patterns are built around the minor triad - 1 b3 5.
Note that, for ease of fingering, we incorporate some string skipping
into the 6th string root pattern...
Minor + 2
Minor + #4
Minor + b6
Minor + 6
Minor + 7
There's a deeper benefit of playing around with arpeggios like this -
it helps to internalize the sound of different intervals, as relative
triad form or root note. This is known as relative pitch and
you well throughout your guitar playing life, especially if you want to
be able to pick up music by ear.
Every interval, in relation to its root or triad form, has a particular
sound or "flavour". The augmented 4th (#4), for example, has a specific
flavour when played against a major and minor triad.
By simply playing around with the patterns in this lesson, over the
backing tracks, you'll be training your ear in an incredibly powerful
way. Thanks for your time and patience!