Combining Arpeggios And Scales

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hey there GMC army!

    In this lesson, we'll start exploring a little bit of classically inspired combination between arpeggios and scales, harmonizing the D major scale and highlighting its modes.

    What are they good for? Why, you can always use them when playing over a chord which could harmonize the D major scale and moreover, if you are curious, you can apply this idea in the context of other scales!

    What does harmonizing mean? Instead of playing single notes of the major scale, we can play chords instead, belonging to each step of that scale. These chords are usually made up of notes belonging to that particular scale!

    What can you develop with the aid of this lesson:

    - learn how to combine arpeggios and scales
    - using the modes
    - working out your alternate picking skills

    Tuning: Drop D (D A D G B E)

    Meter: 4/4

    Tonality: D major


    - D Ionian (D E F# G A B C# D)
    - E Dorian (E F# G A B C# D E)
    - F# Phrygian (F# G A B C# D E F#)
    - G Lydian (G A B C# D E F# G)

    Progression: (only the bass is heard, but you can play the following chords) Dmaj, Emin, F#min, Gmaj, Dmaj

    Tone settings:

    Bass – 10 o’clock
    Mids – 9 o’clock
    Highs – 12 o’clock
    Gain – 2 o’clock

    I have obtained this by using the clean channel of my AMT ss20 Pre-amp.

    Related material - You could look around the following links for some more insight on the matter:

    Lessons on harmonizing the major scale

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