Vinnie Moore Arpeggios

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to my new lesson!

    I've called it 'Vinnie Moore Arpeggios' because we will be using alternate picking to play most of these shapes instead of sweep picking, which is something that Vinnie likes to do.

    Of course there is a limit to how fast one can play arpeggios using alternate picking but it remains a useful technique for lower and mid tempo arpeggio shapes. What are the benefits of doing it this way instead of sweeping? Well, tonally it sounds great as you can really attain good clarity due to picking every note individually. The bonus effect of this is that it really improves your alternate picking ability because of the constant string changing.

    Another interesting aspect of Vinnie's use of arpeggios is that he likes to move them up & down in steps instead of just straight up or straight down. You will be introduced to this in the lesson!

    Overall, the one thing I would like you to take away from this lesson is the use of arpeggios in a musical way. You're never going to reach super speeds by using alternate picking so remember that the key is to use this to make arpeggios stand out and really add to your phrasing.

    In this lesson you will also encounter the use of pedal points, or pedal tones. This is a common feature of classical music and so became a very popular technique of neoclassical guitar playing.


    Tuning: E A D G B E - Standard Tuning

    Tempo: 110bpm

    Gear: Marshall JVM 410h. OD1 Channel, Orange setting. BASS 5, MID 6, TREB 7, GAIN 3

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