Improvising with Arpeggios

by David Wallimann

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  • In today's lesson we'll talk about arpeggios. First of all, what is an arpeggio? An arpeggio is a chord that is broken into individual notes. As you know, chords come from scales.

    Today we'll work in the key of A minor. We'll build 4 note arpeggios using the Root, 3rd, 5th and 7th of that scale. We'll also expand that process by building 4 note arpeggio from each of the 7 notes of the A minor scale as follow:

    A C E G
    B D F A
    C E G B
    D F A C
    E G A D
    F A C E
    G B D F

    This gives us different types of arpeggios that we'll be able to use in our improvisation. Memorize the suggested fingering, then try to make your own.

    Have fun!

    1 A minor.jpg

    2 B b5.jpg

    1 A min7.jpg

    6 F Maj.jpg

    7 G 7.jpg

    4 D min.jpg

    5 E min.jpg

    3 C Maj.jpg
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