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Lesson Soloing basics4

Lesson Soloing basics4

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soloing basics iv
by mike livengood (lvengood@gene.com)
arpeggios

today's lesson revolves around an oft misunderstood entity known
as...the arpeggio. the first quesion that pops into everyone's mind at
the mention of this enigmatic term is, "what's an arpeggio?" the fact
that it sounds like a type of pasta does not diminish in the least its
tremendous usefullness in the world of soloing.

what's an arpeggio?

an arpeggio is essentially a chord that is played one note at a time.
simple as that. see, this isn't so tough. if we analyze this to the nth
degree we can say that a strum is also a chord played one note at a
time...just with very little time between each note. my response to this
is that if the time interval between the notes does not fall to within a
quantized amount (16th note, 32nd note, 64th note etc) then we call it a
strum. you can differ on that point if you like...but let's continue.

let's start with some examples of easy arpeggios to get a better idea of
what one is. here are a few in tab form:

d major
e--2-------
b----3-----
g------2---
d--------0-
a----------
e----------

a minor
e--0----------
b----1--------
g------2------
d--------2----
a----------0--
e-------------

bm7
e--2---------
b----3-------
g------2-----
d--------4---
a----------2-
e------------

e major
e---------4-
b-------5---
g-----4-----
d---6-------
a-7---------
e-----------

em7/11 (i didn't say they had to difficult)
e-----------0--
b---------0----

g-------0------ d-----0-------- a---0---------- e-0------------

am13
e-------------7-
b---------5-6---
g-------5-------
d-----5---------
a---5-----------
e-5-------------

the current shredding movement has made the use of arpeggios seem a
daunting task. what with full 6 and 7 note arpeggios played with a
single sweep at blazing speed. but we needn't think of arpeggios in
these terms. arpeggios can be played slowly and deliberately to make a
wonderful statement and outline the underlying chords. arpeggios can
also be just a few notes. a simple triad arpeggiated during a solo can
be most effective and can really help soloists get away from the
diatonic or pentatonic scale runs. compare two descending runs:

fast descending pentatonic run (triplets over eighth notes)
am
e
1
+
2
+
3
+
4
+

1
e--8-5---5-----------------------------------------]---
b------8---8-5-8-5---5-----------------------------]---
g------------------7---7-5-7-5---5-----------------]---
d------------------------------7---7-5-7-5---5-----]---
a------------------------------------------7---7-5-]-7-
e--------------------------------------------------]---

apeggiated chords
am
am7
amsus4
e
1
2
+
3
+
4
+

1
e---8----8--5--------------------------------]----
b--------------5-----8--5--------------------]----
g-----------------5--------5-----7--5--------]----
d-----------------------------7--------7-----]----
a-----------------------------------------5--]-7--
e--------------------------------------------]----

c
c a e c g e c a d c a d
e

now both these examples are totally useful. each starts high on the
third of the scale (c) and ends on the fifth (e). the first one has been
heard in a thousand tunes and is in every blues/rock players repertoire.
it makes a statement of speed and destination..."i'm up, and i'm showing
you how fast i can get down..."

the second example uses an arpeggiated a minor chord with a few
variations. it is played more slowly so that the sound of the underlying
a minor chord may be heard, and therefore complimented.

notice how an arpeggio is just a scale with some of the notes missing? hey...good for you. just like a chord is made up of selected notes from the scale (root, third, fifth, seventh etc...) so an arpeggio will just

be selected notes from a scale too.
in fact...look at the example of the arpeggio for the am13 chord above.
can you see the scale for that chord? that's right...it's:
a--b--c--d---e--f---g
r--9--3--11--5--13--7
(2)
(4)
(6)

remember that 9=2, 11=4 & 13=6.
so just playing an a minor scale is arpeggiating an am13 chord!
let's look at a few more arpeggios.
an obvious arpeggio sequence would be the opening chords to stairway to

heaven. we all know it but i'll write it out anyway for example.
(actually i stole from the net this morning)
am
*am
c
bm7

fmaj7
e-------5-7-----7-|-8-----8-2-----2-|-0--------0-----|-----------------|
b-----5-----5-----|---5-------3-----|---1---1----1---|-0-1-1-----------|
g---5---------5---|-----5-------2---|-----2--------2-|-0-2-2-----------|
d-7-------6-------|-5-------4-------|-3--------------|-----------------|
a-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-2-0-0---0--/8-7-|
e-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
*am= am/maj7add9

a good soloing example is in david gilmour's solo in "mother" from "the
wall". the final line of the solo is a gsus4 kind of arpeggio that goes:

e--8-7-8-7--------------- b----------8------------- g------------7----------- d--------------10-9------ a-------------------10--- e------------------------

cbcbgdc b g
another example is in mark knopfler's first solo in sultans of swing.
(selected arpeggios)
a
dm

c
e-------5--9--12b(13)--]--10-----------]-/13-12--------------------]
b-----5----------------]-----10--------]--------13-----------13-13-]
g---6------------------]--------10-----]-----------12--14p12-------]
d-7--------------------]-----------12--]---------------------------]
a----------------------]---------------]---------------------------]
e----------------------]---------------]---------------------------]

bb

c
e----------------]---------------]
b-----3--6--3----]-----5--6/8-6--]
g---3------------]---5-----------]
d-3--------------]-5-------------]
a----------------]---------------]
e----------------]---------------]

and of course his arpeggios from the outro solo

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