Improvising with arpeggios (Exercise 1)

by Alejandro Pinero

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  • Hi GMC! Welcome to the first part of the improvisation exercises series.
    Today I show you an exercise of improvisation with the major arpeggio.
    The idea of this exercise is that we could see the box of any arpeggio at the moment that we have to play it. On this way and with the help of other exercises we could play the note that we want to hear.

    The first step is studying the major arpeggio by any box, then we will choose four chords; Cmaj7, Ebmaj7, Abmaj7 and Bbmaj7.
    We start playing at the fifth string (to the front) with the Cmaj7 arpeggio four times, then we will playing Emaj7 arpeggio starting at the fifth (to the back) string too, then Abmaj7 arpeggio starting at the sixth string (to the front) and the last one Bbmaj7 arpeggio starting at the sixth string (to the back).

    The work is to connect one arpeggio with the next by the nearest note using different ways.

    In this exercise you have to look your own way all the time, so if it is possible try not to repeat the same way.

    It isn't very important the tab of what I'm improvising in these series. I'm just showing different exercise's examples. That's why you'll hear many different variations in the video parts 3, 4 and 5 (between the different camera views).

    C Maj7:

    Eb Maj7:

    Ab Maj7:

    Bb Maj7:

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