I Got Rhythm Guitar 11 - Arpeggiated...

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi there Joe Kataldo here, this is the second lesson on Arpeggiated chords were we will keep to analyze and practice in a musical way the most common patterns from simple to complex.

    This Lesson Will Improve

    Arpeggiated Rhythm Patterns

    Play Chord Progression

    Chords Embellishment

    Arpeggiated Chords II

    Things start to be a little more complex from the previous lesson,

    The picking pattern for this lesson is constant: DOWN - UP - UP - UP

    the picking motion is not the constant alternate one you are accustomed to, but follow the same rules of economy picking, you will change from Down picking to Up picking only when you have to change direction. Keep practicing this way, because is the most flawless method to play arpeggiated parts, specially in live situations.

    The Progression is:

    Dsus2 - Dm - Dsus4 - Dm

    Dsus2/F - Dsus2/E - Dsus2 Dm - Dsus4 C/D

    Dsus2 - Dm - Dsus4 - Dm

    Dsus2/F - Cadd9 - Dadd9/11 Dm7add9 - Dm7 add9/11

    Techniques Focus
    The most important aspect when playing this exercise is to let ring all the notes

    Theory Focus

    Many of the complex chords which the progression is made, are constructed playing triad over base notes:


    C/D is made of a C triad over a D bass note

    D minor Scale


    Dm Triad


    C Triad


    C/D is made of a C triad over a D bass note or can be named D add 7/9/11

    Recommended Listening

    You will find a big use of arpeggiated chord progression in Pop Music, I'll leave you the choice of your favorite singer

    See you next lesson with some more complex appeggiated patterns

    Joe Kataldo
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