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Ban dwa g on Mu s i c S t ud i o s
ARPEGGIOS
We have already discussed chord construction
when learning the notes 1-5 bass sound, and also
while learning scales.
Arpeggios use all the notes of the chord (not just
notes 1 and 5) and only the notes of the chord
(not other notes from the scale).
So the major chord would use notes 1, 3 and 5;
while the minor chord uses notes 1, 3b and 5;
while the 7th chord uses notes 1, 3, 5 and 7b; the
power chord only uses notes 1 and 5.
The chord players would be playing these notes
at the same time to form a chord while you will
be using the notes one at a time to create a riff.
The arpeggios are shown as patterns again so
they are easy to learn - just start the pattern on
the tonic note.
These arpeggio patterns will be from the scales
you have learnt with the notes in exactly the
same place as they were in the full fingering of
the scale -
Major arpeggio is from the major scale,
Minor arpeggio is from the minor scale,
7th arpeggio is from the 7th chord scale.
Be sure to be inventive with arpeggios - some
people think they are a little boring. They are if
you just go up and down them.
Think of these helpful ideas -
1. You don't have to start on note 1.
2. You don't have to play all the notes.
3. You can still play mostly tonic note
but with a splash of one or both the
other notes of the arpeggio.
4. Start on the high tonic.
5. Try connecting the notes of two arpeggios in a
melodic way e.g. finish on note 5 of the first
arpeggio and slide into note 3 of the next
arpeggio.
Make sure you also listen to the arpeggios and
the riffs so that you can recognize them when
you hear them on recordings.