This week we’re going to look at arpeggios - what are they and how can you find them on the guitar. Arpeggios are very simple, but very powerful. A basic definition: an arpeggio is made of the notes of a given chord, played one note at a time in a sequence; as opposed to a chord, in which all of the notes are played simultaneously. So a G major arpeggio is made up of the exact same notes as a G major chord: G, B and D. And a D major arpeggio is made up of D, F#, and A, just like a D major chord.
Particularly when improvising with single notes, arpeggios can really help you to spell out the harmony of the tune that you are playing. They can also serve as a “home base” as you are navigating chord changes. If you know that the song has gone to a C chord and you are feeling lost in your solo, you could play a C arpeggio and reorient yourself. By relating these arpeggio shapes to chord positions that you already know you can start playing them right away!
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Loop 0:00 Solo Example (Please See Last Week's Lesson For Transcription)
Loop 0:45 Chris Eldridge's Thoughts on Arpeggios