I Got Rhythm Guitar 5 - Muted Arpeggios

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi there, today we go back to basic rock techniques, Palm Muting under spotlight again, this time we will concentrate on how to play muted arpeggio sequences. The procedure is quite the same (if you missed my previous lesson, check "Palm Muting Primer". You have to rest your right hand palm, slightly on the bridge, while articulate arpeggios, with constant down up sixteen note picking, more tips on the explanation video.

    This Lesson Will Improve:

    Right Hand Picking
    Palm Muting
    Arpeggio Knowledge



    Muted Arpeggios
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    Today study is a modern rock/progressive arrangement that uses muted arpeggio and substitution, to create background harmony and rhythmic interest, instead of a "truly and trusted" power chord part.

    The progression is:

    Im7 - Im7 - Vm7 - IIIbMaj7
    Im7 - Im7 - VIbMaj7 - Vm7
    Im7 - Im7 - Vm7 - VIIb/II
    Im7 - Im7 - VIbMaj7 - IVsus

    That in E minor will be:

    Em7 - Em7 - Bm7 - GMaj7
    Em7 - Em7 - CMaj7 - Bm7
    Em7 - Em7 - Bm7 - D/F#
    Em7 - Em7 - CMaj7 - Asus


    Techniques Focus
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    In this lesson you have to mute trough different string set,
    this means that, while your right hand palm,
    will rest on the bridge saddles,
    your wrist has to angle to move from on string to another
    (more of this in the explanation video)


    Theory Focus
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    Arpeggio substitution, means to expand
    the basic sound of the chord
    with another arpeggio from the diatonic scale

    Ex.

    E Minor Scale:

    1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7
    E - F#- G - A - B - C - D

    E minor triad (arpeggio of just 3 notes)

    1 - - - 3 - - - 5
    E - - - G - - - B

    G Triad Substitution:


    1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7
    - - - - G - - - B - - - D

    Playing the G triad over a E bass note or an E minor chord
    will extend the arpeggio to the 7th because the 5th of G triad, D,
    is the 7th of Em. You can do this with all
    the diatonic arpeggios from Em Minor.


    Recommended Listenig
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    Van Halen "Ain't Talkin' About Love", Period.


    Pro Tips
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    Try to not apply to much pressure on the bridge,
    or you will go out of tune

    Joe Kataldo

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